Broadband Grant Leaves Alaskan Village ‘Giddy’
Broadband
Broadband Grant Leaves Alaskan Village ‘Giddy’
2022-09-30 18:51:36
by Madeline Hughes

PORT LIONS, Alaska — The residents of the native village of Port Lions and surrounding Alaskan villages are “giddy” at the thought of getting internet through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, said... Read More

Tribal Leaders: Getting Internet to All Needs Greater Coordination
Technology
Tribal Leaders: Getting Internet to All Needs Greater Coordination
2022-09-23 13:21:07
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The lack of a national plan for getting internet to every native tribe in the country was on full display Wednesday as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a roundtable discussion with federal agencies and tribal leaders working... Read More

‘Big Dollars Yet to Come’ as Louisiana First to Get BEAD Planning Money
Broadband
'Big Dollars Yet to Come' as Louisiana First to Get BEAD Planning Money
2022-08-31 18:13:50
by Madeline Hughes

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Government officials are starting to dole out the largest pot of money to build broadband infrastructure — the $48 billion of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program overseen by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and... Read More

Broadband Dollars Keep Flowing
Broadband
Broadband Dollars Keep Flowing
2022-08-30 21:32:44
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Broadband dollars are continuing to flow into states as the Department of Treasury and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced more than $500 million for programs in Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska and North... Read More

Report: Data Divide Is the Next Horizon
Technology
Report: Data Divide Is the Next Horizon
2022-08-26 14:06:58
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Americans’ online lives are growing at a rapid pace, especially as everyday needs like health care and education can be met more easily through the internet. Despite government spending to the tune of $65 billion to ensure equal... Read More

Every State Wants ‘Internet for All’
Telecom
Every State Wants ‘Internet for All’
2022-08-18 18:01:56
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Every state, U.S. territory and Washington, D.C., has asked for a portion of the $42.45 billion set aside for broadband buildout from the federal government, according to the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. “The Internet... Read More

More Broadband Money Goes to Tribal Lands
Broadband
More Broadband Money Goes to Tribal Lands
2022-08-13 15:40:46
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Five Native American tribes in New Mexico received $146 million Thursday to expand broadband to their residents. “This award will provide vital infrastructure and will allow Santo Domingo Pueblo community members to have access to critical infrastructure needed... Read More

Rural Broadband Companies Face Fines
Regulation
Rural Broadband Companies Face Fines
2022-07-26 20:07:17
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission proposed $4.35 million in fines against 73 rural broadband companies that applied and received government funding to build their rural networks but never did. The companies had all won bids in 2020 for areas... Read More

Updating Broadband Speeds Could Help ‘Future-Proof’ Investment
Broadband
Updating Broadband Speeds Could Help ‘Future-Proof’ Investment
2022-07-19 23:05:07
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The proposal to change the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of broadband speeds by Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel last week could help “future-proof” the country’s once-in-a-generation opportunity to build broadband infrastructure, said Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of the Rural Broadband Association.... Read More

FCC Changes Rules to Help Expand Wireless in Rural America
Broadband
FCC Changes Rules to Help Expand Wireless in Rural America
2022-07-15 21:47:58
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday on a rule change that will make it easier for smaller cellphone carriers and tribal nations to expand their wireless networks in rural areas where there is no cell service. The... Read More

Nebraska’s Quandary: Building out the Internet for All
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Nebraska’s Quandary: Building out the Internet for All
2022-07-07 19:41:40
by Madeline Hughes

LINCOLN, Neb. — In Nebraska officials want to ensure the millions set aside for broadband buildout during the pandemic are used. However, it’s going to be hard for the rural state where one company recently declined to use $13 million... Read More

$77M in Funding Will Help Bring Broadband to Tribal Lands
Broadband
$77M in Funding Will Help Bring Broadband to Tribal Lands
2022-06-27 18:14:37
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes across the country are set to receive $77 million in funding to help build new broadband networks and strengthen existing ones, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  This round of funding will go... Read More

Four States to Share $500M in Broadband Expansion Funding
Broadband
Four States to Share $500M in Broadband Expansion Funding
2022-06-07 15:11:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Four states — Louisiana, New Hampshire, Virginia and West Virginia — will receive more than $500 million in funding for broadband expansion projects under the auspices of the $10 billion Capital Projects Fund created as part of the... Read More

Broadband Buildout Will Be Slow to Reach Everyone
Telecom
Broadband Buildout Will Be Slow to Reach Everyone
2022-05-31 22:02:07
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Slow and steady will be the approach for getting everyone connected to the internet while the government disperses billions of dollars to build out broadband over the next few years. “We are going to go as quickly as... Read More

Internet Providers Promise $30 Service
Broadband
Internet Providers Promise $30 Service
2022-05-09 20:25:59
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — More than 80% of Americans will have access to high-speed internet plans for $30 or less, President Joe Biden announced Monday. The partnership with 20 different broadband internet providers “gives families a little more breathing room to pay... Read More

Creating the Broadband Nutrition Label
Broadband
Creating the Broadband Nutrition Label
2022-04-18 21:49:05
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — When an internet connection fizzles out or slows down significantly it causes disruptions for work, medical care, education and many other aspects of everyday life that have gone online because of the pandemic. And it’s frustrating to people... Read More

Bipartisan Group Urges USDA to Use Narrower Guidelines to Allocate Broadband Funds
Broadband
Bipartisan Group Urges USDA to Use Narrower Guidelines to Allocate Broadband Funds
2022-04-04 19:10:48
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen members of Congress are urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ensure the funds set aside for rural broadband expansion make it to the most rural of areas. The bipartisan letter urging the department... Read More

Playbook Aims to Give States Leg Up on Broadband Infrastructure Funding
Broadband
Playbook Aims to Give States Leg Up on Broadband Infrastructure Funding
2022-03-10 21:03:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, unabashedly calls it “the broadband moment.” Thanks to the availability of once-in-a-generation scale funding and an administration committed to extending high speed internet into every underserved community it can, the... Read More

FCC Seeks to Reduce Broadband Costs for Apartment Dwellers
Broadband
FCC Seeks to Reduce Broadband Costs for Apartment Dwellers
2022-02-16 15:44:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —The Federal Communications Commission adopted a set of rules Tuesday intended to increase broadband competition and reduce the cost of those services to those living and working in apartments, public housing, office buildings and other multi-tenant buildings. The rules... Read More

More Than 10 Million Households Sign Up for Broadband Affordability Program
Broadband
More Than 10 Million Households Sign Up for Broadband Affordability Program
2022-02-14 15:49:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris is set to announce Tuesday that more than 10 million households are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program, the nation’s largest ever broadband affordability program, since the bipartisan infrastructure bill was signed into law... Read More

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles
Education
A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her... Read More

States Should Regulate Broadband like a Utility, Say CWA Panelists
Broadband
States Should Regulate Broadband like a Utility, Say CWA Panelists
2021-11-10 21:39:41
by Victoria Turner

Broadband advocates called today for state regulatory frameworks to hold broadband providers accountable as they deploy services, particularly to underserved areas.  On the heels of the bipartisan infrastructure bill passing the House last week, panelists during a Common Cause and... Read More

Federal Broadband Deployment Needs to Coordinate With Local Governments
Broadband
Federal Broadband Deployment Needs to Coordinate With Local Governments
2021-10-29 14:29:07
by Victoria Turner

PITTSBURGH — Despite the strides made towards increasing broadband access for all Americans through federal deployment and subsidy programs, 30 million households in the U.S. are still not subscribed to broadband services even when they are available, said Ross Lieberman,... Read More

FCC Announces $554 Million Broadband Opportunity Fund Program
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FCC Announces $554 Million Broadband Opportunity Fund Program
2021-10-21 18:36:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday it is set to approve a total of $554,150,641 for the third round of funding in deployments of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The FCC previously announced over $1 billion in... Read More

Boeing Close to Approval for Broadband Satellite Array
Broadband
Boeing Close to Approval for Broadband Satellite Array
2021-10-12 14:28:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is poised to consider an application from Boeing to launch and run an array of broadband satellites. Acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel circulated a proposal for voting on Boeing’s application last week. Industry watchers... Read More

Broadband ‘Catnip’ to Both Political Parties, Industry Executive Says
Broadband
Broadband ‘Catnip’ to Both Political Parties, Industry Executive Says
2021-10-07 20:29:06
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Both sides of the U.S. Congress are viewing high-speed broadband as essential. Now, the industry players will have the challenge of reconfiguring a private business model to fit that of a utility, said Rhod Shaw, chairman of the... Read More

Congress Looks to Broadband to Boost Telecommunications
Broadband
Congress Looks to Broadband to Boost Telecommunications
2021-10-07 19:11:18
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Disputes in Congress on how much tax money should be invested in infrastructure continued during a hearing Wednesday on expanding broadband telecommunications access. Broadband refers to data transmission over a wide range of frequencies through optical fiber, wireless... Read More

How Better Connectivity Increases Public Safety on Tribal Lands
Broadband
How Better Connectivity Increases Public Safety on Tribal Lands
2021-09-28 19:50:31
by Alexa Hornbeck

The National Tribal Broadband Summit last week brought together law enforcement officers, AT&T representatives, and tribal telecommunication specialists to discuss how FirstNet, an independent authority established by Congress to deliver a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety, was able... Read More

Broadband Summit to Decide The Future of Internet on Tribal Land
Broadband
Broadband Summit to Decide The Future of Internet on Tribal Land
2021-09-16 13:52:20
by Brock Blasdell

WASHINGTON -- A variety of federal departments will come together Friday to discuss the future of broadband internet connectivity for Native American communities. The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Summit, led in part by a coalition of tribal governments, organizers and seven... Read More

State and Local Governments Will Drive Broadband Deployment Success
Broadband
State and Local Governments Will Drive Broadband Deployment Success
2021-09-14 18:33:18
by Victoria Turner

States will be at the helm of the $42.5 billion in block grants designated in the historic $65 billion proposed for nationwide high-speed broadband within President Biden’s infrastructure bill.  The broadband-related funding of the bill itself shows the federal government... Read More

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