FCC Releases Report & Order on Broadband Data Collection 

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2019) –  On July 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a highly anticipated Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the topic of broadband data collection and mapping, which will be considered for adoption at the FCC’s August 1st Open Meeting. The Report and Order (Order) establishes the “Digital Opportunity Data …

Bipartisan Collaboration on American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019

The following was published in the Opelika Observer on July 10, 2019  Last week, U.S. Sens. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019 (ABBA), a bipartisan bill to ensure that rural Americans have access to broadband services at speeds they need to fully participate in modern society and economy by directing the …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Proposes Cap to Universal Service Fund, Extends Comment Deadline 

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2019) –  In May, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek comment on establishing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and, most recently, extended the deadline for comments on the proposal. This NPRM could impact the E-Rate and Rural Health Care funds and has raised some questions. There is some disagreement among …

Grassley, Ernst Press FCC For Accurate Broadband Maps

The following release was issues by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst on July 8, 2019  Editor’s Note: Connected Nation agrees with the Senators. The nonprofit has been and will continue to advocate for more granular broadband data so we can more effectively identify unserved and underserved communities. WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today sent …

Senator Gary Peters Calls on FCC to Expand Rural Broadband Access

Published by 9&10 News on June 13, 2019 By Charlie Tinker Whether you’re trying to run a business, doing your shopping online or just trying to get by and stay connected in this digital age, the internet is increasingly something we cannot do without. Yet, many rural communities in Northern Michigan still lack critical access to broadband internet. US Senator …

Accelerating the Deployment of High-Speed Internet Access

FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Meeting Held Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission is taking steps to accelerate the deployment of broadband to more communities. Today, the re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) is meeting in Washington, D.C. It’s the first meeting since BDAC was reconstituted by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Members of the committee include representatives …

Missouri Rural Broadband Expansion Continues With $24.1 Million From FCC

Published by KBIA Radio on June 12, 2019 By Columbia Missourian & Galen Bacharier  For years, rural Missouri residents have suffered from a lack of broadband internet access. New federal funding totaling $24.1 million will expand that access for nearly 10,000 Missouri homes over the next decade, the Federal Communications Commission announced Monday. Funding applications for two companies, Co-Mo Connect …

Virginia takes a big step on rural broadband

Published by The Franklin News Post on June 12, 2019 Technology was supposed to bring about “the death of distance” and allow people to work anywhere they wanted to live. Instead, just the opposite has happened. A “great divergence” — as some economists call it —is piling jobs upon jobs in certain high-tech capitals while leaving rural communities behind. There …

FCC Authorizes Second Wave of Funding for Rural Broadband From Connect America Fund Auction

The following press release was issued on the Federal Communications Commission’s website on June 10, 2019  Media Contact: Chelsea Fallon, (202) 418-7991 chelsea.fallon@fcc.gov For Immediate Release FCC AUTHORIZES SECOND WAVE OF FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND AUCTION Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout in Rural Communities in 22 States — WASHINGTON, June 10, …