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

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is poised to consider an application from Boeing to launch and run an array... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Both sides of the U.S. Congress are viewing high-speed broadband as essential. Now, the industry players will have... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Disputes in Congress on how much tax money should be invested in infrastructure continued during a hearing Wednesday... Read More

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

2021-09-23 20:40:42
by Victoria Turner
Infosys Developing Quantum Computing Capabilities on AWS

Amazon Web Services’ quantum computing service, Amazon Braket, is partnering with next-generation digital services consulting firm Infosys to develop quantum... Read More

Amazon Web Services’ quantum computing service, Amazon Braket, is partnering with next-generation digital services consulting firm Infosys to develop quantum computing capabilities for its Infosys Cobalt cloud offerings.  Amazon Braket provides the technology and research for scientists and developers to... Read More

2021-09-23 19:26:16
by Victoria Turner
Telcos Turn To AI for Network Performance Monitoring, Survey Says

The deployment of artificial intelligence is of top priority for Communication Service Providers to monitor their networks and drive down... Read More

The deployment of artificial intelligence is of top priority for Communication Service Providers to monitor their networks and drive down operational costs, according to an independent study released by Anodot Thursday.  The global study, commissioned by the business monitoring company,... Read More

2021-09-21 19:37:37
by Victoria Turner
National Spectrum Policy Needed to Meet the Need of Strategic 5G Deployment

As the wireless industry works to get 5G deployed across the nation, the U.S. Department of Commerce has been working... Read More

As the wireless industry works to get 5G deployed across the nation, the U.S. Department of Commerce has been working hand-in-hand with the Federal Communications Commission to make sure there is enough spectrum to do it, said Secretary of Commerce... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - Lawyers for AT&T and a host of utility providers and public safety officials squared off against the FCC... Read More

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

2021-09-20 20:02:57
by Dan McCue
Charter Communications Rolls Out $30M Initiative to Boost Community Centers

STAMFORD, Conn. – Charter Communications, Inc., has launched a five-year, $30 million initiative to revitalize community centers in rural and... Read More

STAMFORD, Conn. – Charter Communications, Inc., has launched a five-year, $30 million initiative to revitalize community centers in rural and urban areas, and invest in job training programs in underserved communities across the 41 states it serves. By 2025, the... Read More

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

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission announced today it is seeking another round of comments regarding exclusivity arrangements between multi-tenant... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In a world where the cost of almost everything seems to go up for everybody, broadcasters got something... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- More than five million households have enrolled in the emergency broadband benefit program since its launch in mid-May,... Read More

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

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

Are you on the map? The Federal Communications Commission map showing where broadband coverage is reaching, that is. Last week... Read More

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

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

The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday that it is ready to release more than $311 million in funding for high-speed... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to permanently close the nation’s digital divide by targeting federal investments... Read More

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

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

A panel representing the last five decades of Federal Communications Commission leadership took the helm at Monday’s Multicultural, Media, Telecom... Read More

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

2021-07-15 13:07:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Tech Hubs Can Ignite Economic Growth And Create Inclusion, Speakers Argue

WASHINGTON- Legislators want to jolt tech-related economic growth outside of the coastal regions, and according to speakers at a panel... Read More

WASHINGTON- Legislators want to jolt tech-related economic growth outside of the coastal regions, and according to speakers at a panel event this week, doing so would help ensure American relevance on the global market while lessening some of the inequality... Read More

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

Boston, Massachusetts and Raleigh, North Carolina could become the nation’s next designated innovation zones and test beds for advanced wireless... Read More

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

2021-07-14 18:44:12
by Reece Nations
Biden Tasks FCC With Restoring Net Neutrality with Executive Order

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden issued a far-reaching executive order promoting competition in the American economy last week, one provision... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden issued a far-reaching executive order promoting competition in the American economy last week, one provision of which encourages the Federal Communications Commission to restore net neutrality rules undone by the Trump administration. Net neutrality refers... Read More

2021-07-13 19:56:58
by Victoria Turner
FCC Affirms $25,000 Fine on Mobile Relay Associates

The Federal Communications Commission affirmed a $25,000 fine Tuesday against Mobile Relay Associates for overuse of a shared spectrum channel... Read More

The Federal Communications Commission affirmed a $25,000 fine Tuesday against Mobile Relay Associates for overuse of a shared spectrum channel and causing interference to other FCC licensees.  The first notice of violation against the radio communications company was issued in... Read More

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

WASHINGTON -- Legislation intended to prevent China from threatening U.S. telecom networks was front and center Wednesday during a meeting... Read More

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

Congressional leaders and a media advocacy group are urging the Federal Communications Commission to examine how policy decisions and programs... Read More

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

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

A day after the White House and a bipartisan group of Senators came to an agreement on a major infrastructure... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry intended... Read More

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

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

A small community in Lincoln County, Maine, was recently denied a broadband deployment grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,... Read More

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

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

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D- Wash., on Thursday cheered word that the Biden administration is allocating nearly $1 billion for grants... Read More

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

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

The Federal Communications Commission must be more “forward-looking” as the agency thinks of spending billions on high-speed broadband deployment, said... Read More

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

2021-06-03 17:37:41
by Victoria Turner
FCC’s Universal Service Fund Contribution System Broken According to Advisors

WASHINGTON - Carolyn Roddy, a legal advisor at the Federal Communications Commission, knows all about the ins and outs of... Read More

WASHINGTON - Carolyn Roddy, a legal advisor at the Federal Communications Commission, knows all about the ins and outs of making changes to one’s telephone service. But she admitted even she was surprised by the jump in rates her 96-year-old... Read More

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

As talks resumed between the White House and GOP lawmakers on Friday over President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan,... Read More

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

2021-05-21 13:29:37
by Victoria Turner
AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Deal Unlikely to Have Smooth Sailing

Telecom giant AT&T may expect smooth sailing through the federal review of its deal spinning off WarnerMedia to Discovery, but... Read More

Telecom giant AT&T may expect smooth sailing through the federal review of its deal spinning off WarnerMedia to Discovery, but four antitrust experts disagree that it is such a clear-cut case. And the deal is likely to get scrutinized by... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - Before the pandemic, a rural community’s public library in Vermont always saw its parking lot full on Sundays,... Read More

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

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