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 …

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 …

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, …

Connected Nation Chairman Named to FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Bowling Green, Ky. (May  20, 2019) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation, was named to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The committee’s mission will be to make recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access. “I’m honored to be named among the distinguished professionals who are taking part in …

FCC Chairman Sets $20B/10-Year Rural Broadband Funding Plan

The following was published by MeriTalk on April 15, 2019 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be facilitating $20.4 billion of investments into high-speed broadband networks across rural America over the next 10 years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced during a briefing with President Trump on April 12. To distribute those funds, the FCC will create the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which …

Coverage Questions Plague Rural Broadband Expansion

Editor’s Note: Connected Nation believes that one of the reasons many areas remain unserved or underserved when it comes to access to broadband is because there is not accurate data. The current data does not truly reflect who has access and who does not. The following piece, written by Anthony Izaguirre, was published by the Southeast Missourian on April 16, …

Broadband Access, the Difference Between Can and Do

The following was published in Dairy Business on March 28, 2019 by Megan Nelson, Economic Analyst How an FCC Survey Question May Overstate Broadband Access in Rural America At issue in the rural broadband debate is the way in which internet service providers are asked if they provide internet services to customers. The survey question posed to services providers is …

Connected Nation Applauds FCC’s TV White Spaces Vote

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 21, 2019) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps yesterday regarding how the TV white spaces technology market will be regulated.  The agency voted to adopt new rules that will guide how unlicensed spectrum can be leveraged to help American families and communities. “We commend Chairman Pai and the FCC for taking action to provide …