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FCC Makes Progress on Broadband Maps
Broadband
FCC Makes Progress on Broadband Maps
2022-09-02 20:48:42
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has taken a large step in creating its newest and most accurate broadband maps that intend to lay out, location by location, the homes, businesses, civic centers and other places without internet.  “For the... Read More

Telecom
FCC Opens Spectrum Auction
2022-07-29 22:47:15
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Friday morning the Federal Communications Commission kicked off a spectrum auction, allowing telecommunications companies to possibly buy more than 8,000 licenses in the 2.5 GHz band. The licenses are mostly available in rural parts of the country, according... Read More

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

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

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

Telecom
AT&T, Verizon to Delay 5G Rollout Near Airports
2022-01-18 21:59:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — AT&T and Verizon on Tuesday agreed to delay their rollout of new 5G services near some unspecified airports over ongoing concerns that moving those services to a new band could cause flight disruptions. Debate has been raging for... Read More

U.S. Senate
Senate Confirms Rosenworcel as Next FCC Chair
2021-12-07 20:32:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Jessica Rosenworcel has been reappointed as FCC commissioner, making her the first female chair in the agency’s nearly 90-year history. The Senate vote on Tuesday was 68-31. In a floor speech shortly beforehand, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,... Read More

Telecom
FCC Continues to Ramp Up Broadband Connectivity Efforts
2021-11-11 16:38:09
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it is ready to authorize over $700 million for 26 states in broadband funding. This marks the fourth and largest wave of funding from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The... Read More

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

Health
Funds Increase for COVID-19 Telehealth Program
2021-05-19 19:41:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Federal Communications Commission recently closed applications for health care providers to apply for a second round of funding for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. “For over a year, health care providers have fought on the front lines of this pandemic... 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
FCC Targets Five Chinese Telecoms as Threat to National Security
2021-03-12 18:36:55
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Five Chinese companies are producing telecommunications equipment and services that pose "an unacceptable risk" to national security and the security and safety of U.S. citizens, the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday. The companies include Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE... Read More

Technology
FCC Needs to Act in Advancing 5G
2021-02-23 21:15:02
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In the near future, cellular networks, particularly in advancing 5G, need to evolve away from their previously hardware-driven functions and become more virtual or software-based, the acting head of the Federal Communications Commissions believes. To advance those beliefs,... Read More

FCC Establishes Broadband Data Task Force
2021-02-17 17:03:45
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday established a task force to implement long-overdue improvements to the agency's broadband and mapping tool. Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel also named Jean Kiddoo as chair of the new Broadband Data Task... Read More

Infrastructure
FCC Commissioner Says Lack Of Broadband Access Amid Pandemic Is ‘A National Disaster’
2020-05-28 12:46:30
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has reignited a longstanding debate on the issue of unequal access to broadband internet in America, also known as the “digital divide.” With thousands of businesses shut down, having access to a reliable internet connection... Read More

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