Ever since Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) assumed her seat at the start of 2018, she talked up her goals for expanding broadband access, and on Thursday she unveiled legislation to help codify and tweak Agriculture Department grants aimed at spurring internet connectivity. Her bill would authorize the Community Connect grant program at $50 million annually. … Continue reading Sen. Tina Smith’s Broadband Play
Senator Ted Cruz quoted in POLITICO Morning Tech newsletter. ". . . he [Cruz] viewed as wasted money from the billions of dollars spent on broadband stimulus under the Obama administration: “A lot of that money ended up nowhere near rural broadband.” When the ARRA Stimulus Broadband Request for Proposals was issued, I was consulting … Continue reading Obama Broadband Stimulus and Rural Broadband
The Senate Broadband Caucus this morning is convening lawmakers and educators to talk about how closing the digital divide could help address challenges that schools, teachers and students face. Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and FCC Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel are all scheduled to give remarks … Continue reading (Broad)Banding Together
The House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee scheduled a March 22 legislative hearing on four bills, including a new discussion draft from Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) that would increase fines for illegal pirate radio operators by 10-fold per violation. The other trio of FCC-centric measures would direct the commission to study … Continue reading National Rural Broadband Standard?
Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on Tuesday praised a study supporting his plan to cut regulation for the wireless industry ... which also paid for the study. The Accenture report, commissioned by CTIA, found that the order excluding small cell wireless antennas from federal environmental and historic reviews could save the industry $1.6 billion by … Continue reading Carr Touts Industry-Backed 5G Study
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled, “Rebuilding Infrastructure in America: Investing in Next Generation Broadband,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The hearing will explore the most effective and efficient ways to address broadband deployment to close the … Continue reading Rebuilding Infrastructure in America: Investing in Next Generation Broadband
This week, Senate Democrats pushed their proposal for a $40 billion investment of federal funds in rural broadband deployment projects. Democrats call for a “Roosevelt Plan” that will bring internet to every American in the United States, including rural areas that are less profitable for the private sector. The $40 billion investment will be allocated … Continue reading RCRC: $40 Billion Rural Broadband Proposal Released