FCC Plans to Address 911 Location Issues
Emergency Management
FCC Plans to Address 911 Location Issues
2022-06-09 17:07:15
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — North Carolina is in the process of implementing its newest 911 technology that will connect callers to emergency call centers “almost immediately — when a caller takes their finger off the last one it is ringing,” said L.V.... Read More

FCC Increases Speed for Rural Broadband Program
Broadband
FCC Increases Speed for Rural Broadband Program
2022-05-19 21:13:53
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Higher internet speeds are coming to the most rural places in America, as the Federal Communications Commission changed the definition of “high-speed” internet at its meeting Thursday. The four commissioners voted unanimously and across partisan lines to change... Read More

FCC Rule Cracks Down on Foreign Robocalls
In The News
FCC Rule Cracks Down on Foreign Robocalls
2022-05-19 19:13:37
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Americans will soon get fewer robocalls from abroad because of a new Federal Communications Commission rule.  “Robocalls are aggravating. What is worse is when we crack down on these junk calls, the scam artists behind them find new... Read More

More School Buses Could Get Wi-Fi
Education
More School Buses Could Get Wi-Fi
2022-05-13 21:04:20
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Adding Wi-Fi to school buses could be easier for school districts because of a proposed rule change by the Federal Communications Commission. The new rule, if adopted, would allow districts to apply for funding to connect school buses... Read More

FCC to Reform Spectrum Receivers, Opening Airwaves
Telecom
FCC to Reform Spectrum Receivers, Opening Airwaves
2022-04-22 21:01:56
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Spectrum technology is at the core of modern wireless communication, enabling the seamless transmission of information between major systems and devices like cell phones, televisions, GPS and radars. Like all communication technology, spectrum has a transmitter and a... Read More

New Faces at the FCC
Regulation
New Faces at the FCC
2022-04-04 20:59:09
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — In the coming weeks Narda Jones will take over as chief of staff for Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. Jones comes to the FCC from the White House where she was the director of Legislative Affairs for... Read More

FCC to Hold Next 5G Mid-Band Spectrum Auction Beginning July 29
Telecom
FCC to Hold Next 5G Mid-Band Spectrum Auction Beginning July 29
2022-03-21 22:27:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Bidding will start in the next auction of 2.5 GHz band licenses for 5G wireless services beginning on July 29, the Federal Communications Commission announced Monday. The ascending clock format auction will offer approximately 8,000 new flexible-use, county-based... Read More

Broadcasters Accuse FCC of Overreach with Rules on Foreign Disclosures
Media
Broadcasters Accuse FCC of Overreach with Rules on Foreign Disclosures
2022-02-22 18:29:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is defending itself in court against allegations from U.S. broadcasters that the agency exceeds its authority with new rules on business transactions with foreign governments. The rules approved by the FCC last spring require... Read More

New FCC Rules on Write-In Candidates to Go Into Effect March 14
Campaigns
New FCC Rules on Write-In Candidates to Go Into Effect March 14
2022-02-18 20:54:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Broadcast stations will have to take a few additional steps in assessing political advertising from purported write-in candidates beginning March 14, including conducting a review of the candidates’ social media presence and whether they’ve created campaign websites. The... Read More

Biden FCC Pick to Face Renewed Scrutiny at Wednesday Hearing
U.S. Senate
Biden FCC Pick to Face Renewed Scrutiny at Wednesday Hearing
2022-02-07 16:42:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s controversial pick to join a vacant seat on the Federal Communications Commission will face renewed scrutiny this week after the Senate panel considering her nomination yanked a vote on it last week and scheduled a second... Read More

<strong>Staff Changes at FCC as Agency Announces New Bureau Heads</strong>
Telecom
Staff Changes at FCC as Agency Announces New Bureau Heads
2022-01-31 23:13:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Four new bureau chiefs and the naming of a familiar face to serve as permanent general counsel were announced by the Federal Communications Commission on Monday. “Ensuring modern communications reach every corner of the country isn’t possible without... Read More

DC Circuit Upholds FCC Decision to Clear Path for Next-Gen Wi-Fi
Telecom
DC Circuit Upholds FCC Decision to Clear Path for Next-Gen Wi-Fi
2021-12-28 22:10:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2020 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to free up the 6 GHz band for next-generation Wi-Fi. Writing for the unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

FCC Considers Three Proposed Rule Changes
Regulation
FCC Considers Three Proposed Rule Changes
2021-12-17 15:49:40
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communication Commission hosted an opening meeting on Wednesday to consider proposed rule changes to the Emergency Alert System, E-Rate program and spectrum sharing for low-earth orbit satellite systems. The meeting was attended by FCC Chairwoman Jessica... Read More

Biden Names Jessica Rosenworcel Permanent FCC Chair
Telecom
Biden Names Jessica Rosenworcel Permanent FCC Chair
2021-10-26 17:55:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made it official Tuesday, announcing he wants Jessica Rosenworcel, who has been acting FCC chair since January, to be his permanent head of the agency. If Rosenworcel is confirmed, she would be the first woman... Read More

FCC Receives Another $1.3B in Funding Requests for Schools, Libraries, Consortia
Broadband
FCC Receives Another $1.3B in Funding Requests for Schools, Libraries, Consortia
2021-10-25 22:07:59
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission continues efforts to close the homework gap, announcing another $1.3 billion in funding requests were received during the second application window of the Emergency Connectivity Fund program today. This second funding round is poised... Read More

FCC Announces $554 Million Broadband Opportunity Fund Program
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

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

FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
Education
FCC Allocates Over $1.2 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
2021-09-24 18:19:32
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission is allocating over $1.2 billion in the first round of funding of the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program with the aim of connecting more than 3.6 million students across the U.S., according to a release... Read More

AT&T Hauls FCC Into Court Over Trump-Era Wi-Fi Expansion
Telecom
AT&T Hauls FCC Into Court Over Trump-Era Wi-Fi Expansion
2021-09-21 13:59:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Lawyers for AT&T and a host of utility providers and public safety officials squared off against the FCC in a District of Columbia courtroom on Friday in a battle over a Trump-era regulatory change that expanded the use... Read More

The FCC Still Looking at Exclusivity Arrangements in MTE Broadband Market
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

Broadcasters Off Hook for Broadband Act Startup Costs
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

Over 5 Million Households Enrolled in Emergency Broadband Discount Program
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

FCC’s Broadband Mapping Tool First in a Series
Telecom
FCC's Broadband Mapping Tool First in a Series
2021-08-10 13:19:08
by Victoria Turner

Are you on the map? The Federal Communications Commission map showing where broadband coverage is reaching, that is. Last week the FCC launched its first data map as required by Congress under the 2020 Broadband DATA Act.  The voice and... Read More

FCC Ready to Fund $311 Million Broadband Deployment to 36 States
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

Digital Divide Still Widening Former FCC Commissioners Claim
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

Boston, Raleigh to be Designated Newest FCC Innovation Zones
Technology
Boston, Raleigh to be Designated Newest FCC Innovation Zones
2021-07-15 13:02:51
by Dan McCue

Boston, Massachusetts and Raleigh, North Carolina could become the nation’s next designated innovation zones and test beds for advanced wireless technologies, under a proposal put forward Wednesday by the Federal Communications Commission. The designations, if advanced, would help spur the... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Prevent China from Threatening Telecom Networks
Telecom
Bipartisan Bill Aims to Prevent China from Threatening Telecom Networks
2021-07-01 15:04:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Legislation intended to prevent China from threatening U.S. telecom networks was front and center Wednesday during a meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Introduced by House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. and... Read More

Congressional Leaders Urge FCC to Perform Equity Audit
Congress
Congressional Leaders Urge FCC to Perform Equity Audit

Congressional leaders and a media advocacy group are urging the Federal Communications Commission to examine how policy decisions and programs have disparately harmed Black Americans and other communities of color, according to a letter sent Tuesday to the acting FCC... Read More

FCC Launches Largest Emergency Funding Effort to Close the Homework Gap
Education
FCC Launches Largest Emergency Funding Effort to Close the Homework Gap
2021-06-28 20:49:31
by Victoria Turner

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $7.2 billion toward a new Federal Communications Commission program, the Emergency Connectivity Fund. Starting Tuesday, June 29, and ending Aug. 13, the ECF will accept applications from schools and libraries to receive... Read More

FCC Seeks to Secure US Communications Networks
Telecom
FCC Seeks to Secure US Communications Networks
2021-06-18 14:53:29
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry intended to secure the nation’s communications networks against cyberattacks. With seven ransomware attacks per hour in 2020, a total of 65,000,... Read More

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