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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

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

In The News
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

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
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

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

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
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

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

Broadband
The FCC Still Looking at Exclusivity Arrangements in MTE Broadband Market
2021-09-07 19:26:26
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission announced today it is seeking another round of comments regarding exclusivity arrangements between multi-tenant buildings and broadband providers.  The filings preceding the announcement show the tug-of-war remains between those who think the competitive landscape... Read More

Broadband
Broadcasters Off Hook for Broadband Act Startup Costs
2021-08-31 13:41:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a world where the cost of almost everything seems to go up for everybody, broadcasters got something of a treat last week. When the FCC officially set its Fiscal Year 2021 regulatory fees last week, commissioners did... Read More

Technology
Over 5 Million Households Enrolled in Emergency Broadband Discount Program
2021-08-27 14:11:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- More than five million households have enrolled in the emergency broadband benefit program since its launch in mid-May, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday. Coinciding with this milestone, the agency also began releasing more granular enrollment data to... Read More

Telecom
FCC Ready to Fund $311 Million Broadband Deployment to 36 States
2021-07-27 20:03:14
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday that it is ready to release more than $311 million in funding for high-speed broadband deployment across 36 states through its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.  Working to clean up the RDOF “waste” such as... Read More

Congress
House Democrats Urge Biden to Permanently Close Digital Divide
2021-07-21 20:42:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to permanently close the nation’s digital divide by targeting federal investments in broadband to the hardest to reach areas, while also providing a permanent, federally-funded broadband benefit program to financially vulnerable... Read More

Technology
Comcast Expanding Broadband Service to Rural Oregon
2021-07-21 20:26:33
by Dan McCue

Comcast Oregon/SW Washington has embarked on a $15 million project to extend its broadband products and services, both residential and business, to the communities of Hubbard and Woodburn, Oregon.  Construction has already begun on the project, with fiber backbone to... Read More

Technology
Digital Divide Still Widening Former FCC Commissioners Claim
2021-07-19 20:01:41
by Victoria Turner

A panel representing the last five decades of Federal Communications Commission leadership took the helm at Monday’s Multicultural, Media, Telecom and Industry Council’s FCC symposium discussing broadband for the nation.  Despite a pending $65 billion infrastructure plan to fund further... Read More

In The States
Virginia to Invest $700 Million to Provide Universal Broadband by 2024
2021-07-16 21:17:07
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the commonwealth will invest $700 million of federal funds to provide universal broadband to its residents by 2024. “It’s time to close the digital divide in our Commonwealth and treat... Read More

Technology
Agencies Say They’ll Be Ready to Distribute Broadband Funds
2021-06-25 20:50:08
by Victoria Turner

A day after the White House and a bipartisan group of Senators came to an agreement on a major infrastructure proposal, three federal agencies began laying the groundwork for distributing the $65 billion that is expected to be in the... Read More

Technology
Broadband Deployment Needs Flexibility, Not More Federal Red Tape
2021-06-17 14:24:13
by Victoria Turner

A small community in Lincoln County, Maine, was recently denied a broadband deployment grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as satellite service provider ViaSat had already won the area in a Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction by the Federal... Read More

Technology
Public-Private Partnerships, Accurate Maps Should Drive US Broadband Deployment
2021-06-10 23:36:23
by Victoria Turner

In South Carolina, the state government is matching broadband service providers dollar-for-dollar if they build out networks to the identified unserved areas, said Andrew Rein, chief financial officer of telecommunications provider Hargray, Wednesday. And the need for accurately mapping these... Read More

In The News
FCC’s Broadband Program Reaches 2.3 Million Households in Three Weeks
2021-06-07 18:15:20
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission announced today that 2.3 million households have enrolled in its Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, not even a month after its launch.    The subsidy program provides eligible households with discounted, high-speed broadband service as well... Read More

Technology
Kilmer Applauds Funding to Expand Broadband to Tribal Land
2021-06-04 17:47:07
by TWN Staff

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D- Wash., on Thursday cheered word that the Biden administration is allocating nearly $1 billion for grants to expand broadband access on tribal lands. The anouncement of the funding was made by Vice President Kamala Harris, Commerce... Read More

Telecom
Broadband Deployment Needs Better Data, Flexible Approach
2021-06-03 19:53:25
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission must be more “forward-looking” as the agency thinks of spending billions on high-speed broadband deployment, said Austin Bonner, wireline legal advisor for FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, at a Federal Communications Bar Association lunch-and-learn event Wednesday. In... Read More

Infrastructure
Blue Dogs Push to Ensure Rural Broadband Funds Go Where They Are Most Needed
2021-06-03 13:23:25
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn on Wednesday, calling for the funds to expand broadband in the pending infrastructure legislation to... Read More

Technology
NewDEAL Forum Launches Broadband Task Force
2021-06-01 20:20:27
by TWN Staff

The NewDEAL Forum launched a Broadband Task Force on Tuesday to identify major obstacles limiting access to high-speed internet, develop state and local solutions, and advocate for a strong federal-state-local partnership. Chaired by Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Florida State Sen. Loranne Ausley,... Read More

Technology
New Coalition Urges Permanent Broadband Solutions
2021-05-21 14:43:25
by Victoria Turner

As talks resumed between the White House and GOP lawmakers on Friday over President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, a new coalition announced its intention to push hard for a key element of the plan -- expanding broadband access... Read More

Telecom
Pandemic Makes the Case for Fiber Optics in Broadband Deployment, Witnesses Say
2021-05-19 14:27:33
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Before the pandemic, a rural community’s public library in Vermont always saw its parking lot full on Sundays, even though it was closed. The parking lot was filled to the brim with school children finishing their classwork or... Read More

Education
Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
2021-05-12 20:57:57
by Victoria Turner

Amanda Schermerhorn recently majored in political science at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. During the pandemic, she often had to use her Detroit Lakes campus free wi-fi from her car in the parking lot, along with other students, just... Read More

Technology
Witnesses Advocate for Broadband Inclusion in Infrastructure Plan
2021-04-30 12:17:32
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - At the beginning of the pandemic, Buffalo’s public school system found thousands of students with no internet access and partnered with the private sector and the Buffalo Bills Social Justice Fund to get lower-cost Spectrum Cable internet service... Read More

Infrastructure
House Panel to Begin Heavy Lifting on Infrastructure
2021-03-15 23:19:50
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin marshalling the Biden Administation's next big policy goal through Congress next Monday, with a hearing on a $312 billion infrastructure plan. The bill, called the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow's America... Read More

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