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House Democrats Urge Biden to Permanently Close Digital Divide
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agencies Say They’ll Be Ready to Distribute Broadband Funds
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

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

Broadband Deployment Needs Flexibility, Not More Federal Red Tape
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

Kilmer Applauds Funding to Expand Broadband to Tribal Land
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

Broadband Deployment Needs Better Data, Flexible Approach
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

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

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

New Coalition Urges Permanent Broadband Solutions
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

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

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

Pandemic Makes the Case for Fiber Optics in Broadband Deployment, Witnesses Say
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

‘Zero Trust’ Approach to AI Will Continue
Telecom
‘Zero Trust’ Approach to AI Will Continue
2021-03-03 15:36:50
by Victoria Turner

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will continue its “zero trust” approach, which assumes any hardware or software technology cannot be trusted, when it comes to grappling with issues surrounding artificial intelligence, according to the agency’s top official today.  “AI... Read More

Funding, Sustainable Policy Will Close Digital Divide, AT&T CEO Says
Telecom
Funding, Sustainable Policy Will Close Digital Divide, AT&T CEO Says
2021-02-24 19:21:34
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Any policy aiming to truly address the nation’s broadband access crisis must be accompanied by robust federal funding to ensure these efforts are sustainable, according to one of the country’s top telecom executives. Speaking at the AT&T Policy... Read More

Countering China and Unleashing American Innovation on 5G
Think Tanks
Countering China and Unleashing American Innovation on 5G
2020-10-16 19:31:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The term 5G is all over telecommunications these days. It comes with the promise of data speeds up to 100 times faster than current connections and the ability to support devices that will perform functions not yet imaginable.... Read More

FCC Expands Telecoms' Spectrum Access to Bolster Wireless Capacity During Pandemic
Telecom
FCC Expands Telecoms' Spectrum Access to Bolster Wireless Capacity During Pandemic
2020-03-24 13:00:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted requests from AT&T and Verizon to use additional spectrum to help meet escalating wireless demand during the coronavirus outbreak. AT&T has been granted authority to operate in the AWS-4... Read More

Ending Broadcast TV Blackouts at Center of STELAR Reauthorization
Congress
Ending Broadcast TV Blackouts at Center of STELAR Reauthorization
2019-10-23 00:47:35
by Sean Trambley

With what seems like an annual tradition, consumers flip on their TV to catch a playoff game or some other “must see TV” program only to find the station blacked out in the pay TV provider’s lineup because the provider... Read More

Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP
Opinions
Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP

Intellectual property policies could get a major court test this year as a real estate services company appeals a massive $706 million judgment that it stole trade secrets from a San Francisco-headquartered REtech company. At the dispute’s onset, the jury... Read More

Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
Litigation
Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
2019-06-13 16:03:18
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The Attorneys General from ten states including New York and California filed a lawsuit this week to stop the proposed merger between telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Sprint. In a federal complaint filed in New York on Tuesday, the... Read More

America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
Rural
America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
2019-06-11 19:37:53
by Sean Trambley

The Federal Communications Commission and Congress have long sought to map specific regions’ access to broadband services in order to help policymakers identify unserved areas. The Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2019, introduced last week in the House of Representatives... Read More

FCC Gives Telephone Companies More Authority to Block Robocalls
Telecom
FCC Gives Telephone Companies More Authority to Block Robocalls

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to authorize phone carriers to automatically recognize and block robocalls, a move that could spare Americans from billions of unwanted telemarketing and scam calls each year. Under the order, which passed... Read More

House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality
House Democrats Push for Bipartisan Working Group on Net Neutrality
2019-05-28 21:27:58
by Dan McCue

Nearly 50 Democratic House members have signed a letter seeking the formation of a bipartisan working group to draft compromise legislation that would restore at least some form of net neutrality. The 47 signers of the letter to Speaker Nancy... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs Call for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to Expand Broadband Internet Access
2019-05-21 21:33:02
by Dan McCue

Representatives Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Infrastructure and Job Creation, joined with Representatives Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., their counterparts on the Blue Dog Task Force on... Read More

Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
Infrastructure
Blue Dogs to Play Key Role on House Rural Broadband Task Force
2019-05-15 20:44:21
by Dan McCue

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., has launched a new House Task Force on Rural Broadband to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide. The Task Force will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access... Read More

Pallone Says Congress Must Do More to Protect Consumers From Relentless Robocalls
Telecom
Pallone Says Congress Must Do More to Protect Consumers From Relentless Robocalls
2019-05-03 14:09:09
by Dan McCue

Representative Frank Pallone Jr., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Tuesday it’s time for Congress to provide regulators and the telecom industry with tools to protect American consumers from the scourge of relentless robocalls. “We all know... Read More

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