The FCC's Democrats acknowledged that Pai's 2018 Broadband Deployment Report isn't as bad as they feared. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted she's glad the agency dropped the "crazy idea" of lowering the broadband speed benchmark, while Clyburn said the report is now "correctly concluding" that mobile broadband is not a substitute for a home connection. But … Continue reading Good News: Pai Maintains Broadband Speed
Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and David McKinley (R-W.V.) are introducing a broadband bill today that would require broadband conduit to be included in the construction of roads built with federal funding. This legislation would set up a mandate for such roads to have plastic pipes that could hold fiber-optic communications cable. The bill, Broadband Conduit … Continue reading Broadband-Palooza
Although House Republicans are making a lot of noise this week about broadband infrastructure proposals, top senators say a bill addressing 5G is still rolling along. "I know we were close before," Thune told John. "It's still percolating." Thune was working on this draft bill last year with Schatz and at one point hoped to … Continue reading Senate 5G Bill ‘Still Percolating’
"President Donald Trump's still-unreleased infrastructure plan is already facing one big demand from dozens of lawmakers: a dedicated pot of money for rural broadband," John reports. Trump has repeatedly pledged to promote faster internet service for rural communities, a key part of his base, but White House officials have said the infrastructure plan isn't expected … Continue reading Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband
The Trump administration is eyeing multiple "work streams" to help speed along broadband deployment, the National Economic Council's Grace Koh told reporters Friday: easing the permitting process on federal lands; letting towers built on federal lands also include infrastructure from telecom companies; and using dark fiber agencies have deployed to help rural providers through interconnection … Continue reading Trump’s Broadband Assist
President Donald Trump and his team may have stumbled upon the one model of infrastructure investment that could turn off Democrats, who have been campaigning for years to crank it up. Administration plans to pay for roads, bridges and broadband with cuts to domestic programs aren't going over well. "That's not going to happen," said … Continue reading Getting To No
Senior staffers for the Commerce committees, speaking Friday at a Practising Law Institute conference, talked up a couple spectrum bills. One measure getting a lot of attention: the AIRWAVES Act, S. 1682 (115), from Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). "I hope we're able to move that bill or at least parts of … Continue reading Spectrum Bills On The Move?