Good News: Pai Maintains Broadband Speed

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

Broadband-Palooza

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

Senate 5G Bill ‘Still Percolating’

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’

Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband

"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

Trump’s Broadband Assist

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