FCC ANNOUNCES OVER $1 BILLION IN RURAL DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY FUND SUPPORT FOR BROADBAND IN 32 STATES AS COMMISSION CONTINUES TO CLEAN UP PROGRAM

Grants Limited Waiver for Certain Applicants to Complete Auction Documentation As Other Bidders Announce Plans to Default   The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, December 16 WASHINGTON, December 16, 2021—The FCC today announced that it is ready to authorize $1,041,074,000 over 10 years in its fifth round of funding for new broadband …

Connected Nation congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on her Senate confirmation as permanent FCC Chair

Washington, DC (December 8, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on her confirmation by the United States Senate:  “Yesterday marked a significant milestone in our nation’s tech and telecom policy history with the Senate confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term, which will …

New data shows the top factor for choosing a home broadband provider is NOT cost

Rural Texas (November 1, 2021) – If you were to guess why people chose a particular Internet Service Provider (ISP) over another, you’d likely land on price. But recent Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) research says otherwise. “We took data gathered from 4,410 households across multiple rural Texas communities in 2020 that reported having at least two choices for home …

Consumer Advisory: FCC warns public of emergency broadband program imposter website

Website Falsely Offers Enrollment in the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit and Collects Consumers’ Personal Information The following release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on August 27, 2021 WASHINGTON, August 27, 2021—The FCC recently became aware of a website purportedly run by “WiFi Freedom USA” that mimics the legitimate Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment site, GetEmergencyBroadband.org. This website falsely claimed …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Adopts Final Rules for the Emergency Connectivity Fund

Washington, DC (May 14, 2021) – In response to the at-home connectivity inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted rules for the distribution of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) on May 10. In accordance with the rules, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will administrate the ECF Program separately from the E-rate program, yet …

Connected Nation applauds Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as it officially opens to US families, individuals

The FCC-administered program provides discounts on internet service and related equipment to eligible households Bowling Green, Ky. (May 12, 2021) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially opened enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to qualifying applicants. “Millions of Americans are still struggling with everything from remote work to distance learning to telehealth simply because they …

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 …