Pai Eyes Rural Broadband Fix

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told a group of House members he acknowledges shortfalls with the subsidy arrangements for rural telecom carriers. "I aim to circulate an order ensuring adequate and efficient funding for rural broadband deployment later this year," he wrote in a response to Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and other lawmakers. … Continue reading Pai Eyes Rural Broadband Fix

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RCRC: Rural Broadband Legislation Passed

This week, the House passed two pieces of legislation that would promote rural broadband. HR 3994, the Access Broadband Act, would create the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) within the Department of Commerce. HR 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish the Task … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Legislation Passed

Thune Eyes Packaging Broadband Deployment Bills

— Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) left Wednesday's 5G wireless hearing eyeing ways to combine his STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, S. 3157 (115) , with "several bills that have been filed" also dealing with "faster deployment of broadband services," he told reporters. He says to expect another hearing on these and noted his … Continue reading Thune Eyes Packaging Broadband Deployment Bills

CTIA on G5 Spectrum Needs

Testimony of Meredith Attwell Baker President & CEO CTIA on The Race to 5G: Exploring Spectrum Needs to Maintain U.S. Global Leadership before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation July 25, 2018 The full statement is HERE, However, the most interesting part for rural citizens seeking broadband are the paragraphs below. The … Continue reading CTIA on G5 Spectrum Needs

Valley Vision: Connected Community Initiative

connected community initiative We live in a digital age, where it is critical that all members of the community have access to the Internet. Broadband infrastructure is necessary for access to information for education, healthcare, government, public safety, social services, employment opportunities, breaking news, and many other common needs. Equally important is that people have … Continue reading Valley Vision: Connected Community Initiative

Hearing On “Oversight Of The FCC”

Some highlights from the prepared Statement Of Chairman Ajit Pai United States Leadership in 5G. . . .the FCC is moving forward aggressively to hold auctions and move a substantial amount of spectrum into the commercial marketplace. On November 14, we plan on beginning our 28 GHz band auction, which will be quickly followed by … Continue reading Hearing On “Oversight Of The FCC”

Four Telecom Bills Sail Through House

Four pieces of telecom-focused legislation passed the House by generous margins on Monday. In the afternoon, lawmakers passed by voice votes the PIRATE Act, H.R. 5709 (115), which would boost penalties for unlicensed radio broadcasters, and the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, H.R. 3994 (115) , which would create an internet connectivity office within the Commerce Department's … Continue reading Four Telecom Bills Sail Through House