RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

This week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a nomination hearing for Geoffrey Starks who was nominated to fill retiring Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In his opening statement, Starks told Committee Chairman John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Florida) that rural broadband deployment and telemedicine would be … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

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Washington Gov. Inslee Says Rural Broadband ‘Economic Challenge of Our Time’

During a tour of the eastern part of the state, the governor addressed the importance of connecting rural and underserved communities to high-speed Internet service. (TNS) — Finding ways to extend high-speed broadband capabilities to rural and underserved communities is "the economic development challenge of our time," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday. Speaking to … Continue reading Washington Gov. Inslee Says Rural Broadband ‘Economic Challenge of Our Time’

RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai provided remarks at an event hosted by Axios.com. Chairman Pai covered a broad range of policy issues, including rural broadband and the digital divide. Chairman Pai said his top priority for the remainder of his chairmanship is to close the digital divide, which he argues is … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

A recent study by the Blandin Foundation shows three out of five counties would see the annual collective benefit from broadband. From the Study Summary: What did we learn about valuing broadband? It’s complicated. But we found an arsenal of tools to help make the case to community leaders, policymakers and broadband providers that broadband … Continue reading Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

Expanding Broadband in Rural Areas

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's tech and telecom subcommittee will mark up four bills: H.R. 2345 (115), aimed at creating a nationwide three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; H.R. 5709 (115), which would combat pirate radio by significantly increasing fines for unlicensed transmissions; H.R. 3994 (115), which would direct the Commerce … Continue reading Expanding Broadband in Rural Areas

RCRC Newsletter: Rural Broadband

Rural Broadband On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he will grant a 90-day filing extension for rural communities and companies to dispute the FCC’s mobile broadband coverage map.  The FCC is using data from the coverage map to allocate $4.53 billion in federal funds, over the next ten years, for … Continue reading RCRC Newsletter: Rural Broadband

Sen Manchin, Makes Wise Mapping Decision

The FCC says Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) can challenge its decision to exclude some areas of his state from subsidies to expand mobile broadband. The Mobility Fund auction will award $4.53 billion to companies to offer service in rural areas, but the FCC said some communities already have adequate service and are thus ineligible for … Continue reading Sen Manchin, Makes Wise Mapping Decision