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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

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

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will continue its “zero trust” approach, which assumes any hardware or software technology cannot... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Any policy aiming to truly address the nation’s broadband access crisis must be accompanied by robust federal funding... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The term 5G is all over telecommunications these days. It comes with the promise of data speeds up... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted requests from AT&T and Verizon to use additional spectrum... Read More

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

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

With what seems like an annual tradition, consumers flip on their TV to catch a playoff game or some other... Read More

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

Intellectual property policies could get a major court test this year as a real estate services company appeals a massive... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Attorneys General from ten states including New York and California filed a lawsuit this week to stop... Read More

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

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

The Federal Communications Commission and Congress have long sought to map specific regions’ access to broadband services in order to... Read More

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

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

Nearly 50 Democratic House members have signed a letter seeking the formation of a bipartisan working group to draft compromise... Read More

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

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

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,... Read More

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

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