The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking this week that will prohibit state and local governments from using Universal Service Fund (USF) dollars for equipment and services from providers identified as a national security risk. The order is targeting China-backed firms ZTE and Huawei who provide telecommunications equipment to U.S. service … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Update
The FCC on Thursday officially signed off on SpaceX's application to provide broadband through a network of more than 4,400 satellites the company plans to launch, John reports. Chairman Ajit Pai circulated the approval order last month, arguing that satellite broadband could help bridge the digital divide in hard-to-reach and rural parts of the country. … Continue reading Spacex Gets Greenlight From FCC
President Donald Trump during a speech Thursday gave a shoutout to broadband as part of the administration's proposed $50 billion pot of money for rural infrastructure. "Very unfair!" he said of broadband being historically "left out" of major infrastructure investment. The reference caught the notice of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a co-chair of the … Continue reading Trump’s Broadband Shoutout
The March issue of the Valley Vision e-Connection has been published and has some rural broadband news and information. Rural Broadband Featured Stories include: CPUC listens to Oroville community in rural broadband workshop series Learn about the meeting where community residents discussed broadband deployment in rural parts of Northern California. Secretary Perdue Applauds Broadband Investment … Continue reading Valley Vision Broadband Newsletter
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an order last week to accelerate the national approval process for deploying 5G small cells, according to the FCC. Small cells are advanced radio hardware required for 5G networks. The order, which was proposed by the FCC under Tom Wheeler in August 2016, aims to loosen regulations … Continue reading New FCC Order Will Accelerate 5G Rollouts
Ray Baum's Act (H.R. 4986 (115)), a package of telecom provisions, was able to secure inclusion, Margaret reports. The telecom bill, the culmination of a bipartisan deal between House and Senate lawmakers, would reauthorize the FCC; free up airwaves for next-generation 5G wireless networks; and cover a funding shortfall stemming from a massive airwaves auction. … Continue reading Tech And Telecom Measures Managed To Hitch A Ride on Omnibus
The agency will take up an order today meant to drive down the regulatory costs for deploying 5G infrastructure by scrapping some federal reviews, despite calls for a delay from Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Democrats in Congress. The wireless industry has cheered the move, led by Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr, which would exempt from … Continue reading FCC Marches Forward With 5G Plan – Local Control?