FCC announces start date of Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

EBB enrollment will open on May 12, 2021 The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 29, 2021 WASHINGTON, April 29, 2021—Today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the start date of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the Program to receive …

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program application portal to open April 29

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 15, 2021 Round 2 of Telehealth Program Will Provide an Additional $249 Million to Support Health Care Providers and Patients In All 50 States, DC, and Territories WASHINGTON, April 15, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau will begin accepting applications for Round 2 of the …

FCC announces new outreach to collect consumer broadband availability experiences

The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 22, 2021 Learn more about the agency’s broadband data collection efforts here. Seeks Input from Consumers to Share Stories About Disparities in Access to Broadband to Inform Broadband Data Collection WASHINGTON, March 22, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission today announced it will begin collecting first-hand accounts …

Policy Brief: The American Rescue Plan and its impact on broadband

On March 11, Congress passed the latest COVID-relief package, called the American Rescue Plan, to the tune of $1.9 trillion. In it, broadband is propped up as a major player, with schools, rural communities, and other entities positioned to see major upgrades to their connectivity and technology needs. Since the pandemic began a year ago, the increased need for connectivity …

FCC Acting chairwoman circulates round 2 COVID-19 telehealth program report and order

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 17, 2021 Media Contact:Paloma PerezPaloma.Perez@fcc.gov Congress Tasked the FCC to Create Rules and Procedures for Round 2 of Program to Support Health Care Providers During the Pandemic WASHINGTON, March 17, 2021—Today, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel circulated a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that, if …

Bennet, King, Portman, Manchin Urge Biden Administration to Create Modern, Unified Federal Broadband Standard

In Bipartisan Letter, Senators Call on Administration to Learn from Pandemic and Establish Consistent, 21st Century Definition of High-Speed Broadband  Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Angus King (I-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrote to the Biden Administration urging it to update federal standards for high-speed broadband to reflect modern uses and align those standards across …

POLICY BRIEF: The FCC Releases Report and Order for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program 

Washington, DC (March 4, 2021) – Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to adopt a Report and Order that establishes and implements a $3.2 billion federal digital inclusion program that provides qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet. The temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) …

FCC ADOPTS REPORT AND ORDER TO IMPLEMENT EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 25, 2021. Editor’s note: You can find a link to the report and order by clicking here. Unanimous Vote Establishes Federally Funded Broadband Discount Program to Help Households Afford Internet Service During the Pandemic; FCC Intends to Open Program to Eligible Households within 60 Days As …

Getting 100% of us connected: A discussion on leveraging the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Washington D.C. (February 17, 2021) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a virtual roundtable event on February 12 on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). Leaders in the technology and telecommunications industry shared ideas on the important public policy and program administration decisions that will affect how the program is implemented. The FCC is overseeing the new $3.2 billion program …

Statement from Connected Nation Chairman & CEO Thomas W. Ferree applauding the designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting Chair of the FCC

Washington, DC. (January 21, 2021) – Thomas W. Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, released the following statement on the designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): “We applaud President Biden’s designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting Chair of the FCC. As a commissioner at the agency, she has been a tireless champion …