Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support authorized for 1,345 winning bids

The below public notice was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 15, 2022. Click here to see the full list of winning bids (Attachment A) announced by the FCC. PUBLIC NOTICE FOLLOWS AU Docket No. 20-34 WC Docket No. 19-126 WC Docket No. 10-90 By this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB), in conjunction with the …

FCC Announces $313 Million For Broadand Through The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund As Work Continues To Strengthen The Program

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, March 25 Funding to Support Broadband Deployments to Over 130,000 Locations in 19 States WASHINGTON, March 25, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize more than $313 million through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to fund new broadband deployments in 19 …

FCC ADOPTS RULES TO GIVE TENANTS IN APARTMENTS AND OFFICE BUILDINGS MORE TRANSPARENCY, COMPETITION AND CHOICE FOR BROADBAND SERVICE

The following is a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 15, 2022 Order Bans Certain Revenue Sharing Agreements and Requires Providers to Clearly Disclose Marketing Practices for Broadband Service WASHINGTON, February 15, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission announced today that it has adopted rules to unlock broadband competition for those living and working in apartments, public …

This is what’s changing – and what isn’t – about the Emergency Broadband Benefit as it becomes the Affordable Connectivity Program

Discounts on internet service will decrease for most, but the hope is more low-income households will enroll Bowling Green, Kentucky (February 9, 2022) – The new, federal broadband discount program might prove that “less really is more” as it lowers individual household internet discounts but seeks to register even more people in need. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program was …

FCC announces over $1.2 billion for broadband through Rural Digital Opportunity Fund while adding new accountability and transparency measures

The following press release was issued by the Federal Communications Commission on January 28, 2022  New Rural Broadband Accountability Plan Will Increase Audits, Verifications and Transparency WASHINGTON, January 28, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is ready to authorize more than $1.2 billion through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to fund new broadband deployments in 32 states.  In …

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 …

Connected Nation applauds designation of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Chair, Gigi Sohn as new FCC Commissioner, Alan Davidson as head of NTIA

Washington, DC (October 27, 2021) – Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, issued the following statement congratulating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, Gigi Sohn, and Alan Davidson on their appointments to FCC and NTIA leadership positions:  “We commend President Biden for his selection of Jessica Rosenworcel to become permanent chair of the FCC. Throughout her …

Connected Nation’s VP of Digital Inclusion to lead FCC’s Communications Equity and Diversity Council as Chair

Washington, DC (October 20, 2021) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just announced that Heather Gate, Vice President of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, will serve as Chair of its Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC). “Heather has been a tireless advocate for digital equity and inclusion across the country,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation. “The pandemic revealed …

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 …