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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Seeks to Increase Broadband Access, Reduce Wildfire Hazards Across Rural Communities

    U.S. Department of the Interior Seeks to Increase Broadband Access, Reduce Wildfire Hazards Across Rural Communities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: January 11, 2021)

    Grand Junction, Colo -- Today, the Department of the Interior announced three new actions by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service to aggressively increase broadband internet access in rural communities and reduce wildfire risks. Deputy Secretary Katharine MacGregor made the announcement at the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado. “High-speed internet connectivity is essential for education, economic opportunity, health and public safety – especially as we continue to respond to the challenges of COVID-19,” said Deputy Secretary MacGregor. “Facilitating greater broadband access and reducing wildfire risks for the benefit of ...
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  • USDA says Trump Administration Invests 4.6 Million Dollars in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Georgia

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says Trump Administration Invests $4.6 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Georgia | site |


    ReConnect Funding to Connect 1,326 Rural Georgia Households to High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release: January 7, 2021)

    Claxton, Ga., Jan. 7, 2021 - - The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $4.6 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Georgia. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program. “The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now – as our nation manages the coronavirus national emergency. Access to telehealth services, remote learning for school children, and remote business operations all require access to broadband,” U.S. Secret...
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  • FCC seeks Public Input on New 3.2 Billion Dollars Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

    Federal Communications Commission seeks Public Input on New $3.2 Billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program | site |


    Initiative to Connect Low-Income Households Funded Through Recent Congressional Appropriation Responds to FCC’s Call to Keep Americans Connected


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press releasd dated: January 4, 2021) Washington, January 4, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today issued a request for comment on how best to administer a new $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created by Congress to help low-income consumers access the Internet. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the Commission to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re excited to get to work on thi...
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  • FCC says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing

    FCC says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing

    Federal Communications Commission says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing | site |


    Gains for Rural Americans Across the Country


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information: WASHINGTON, November 12, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Economics and Analytics today released data showing that the digital divide is closing. At the end of 2019, the number of Americans living in areas without access to terrestrial fixed broadband with speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps—the Commission’s benchmark for high-speed broadband—fell to 14.5 million, a 46% decrease from the end of 2016. Services at higher speeds saw even more significant deployment, with the number of Americans living in areas without broadband speeds of at least 250/25 Mbps falling by 77% since the end of 2016. During that three-year period, the number of rural Am...
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  • FCC Reaffirms Successful Light-touch Regulatory Framework for Broadband Services

    Federal Communications Commission Reaffirms Successful Light-touch Regulatory Framework for Broadband Services | site |



    After Court Upheld Vast Majority of Restoring Internet Freedom Order, FCC Reviews Three Remanded Issues and Finds No Basis to Change Its Approach


    (October 27, 2020) - - Today, October 27, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, October 27, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted an Order on Remand in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s remand of three discrete issues for further consideration by the FCC regarding its 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The court’s October 2019 ruling in Mozilla Corp. v. FCC affirmed the FCC’s decision to end its brief foray into heavy-handed utility-style regulation of the Internet under rules designed in the 1930s for the Ma Bell telephone monopoly and to restore the light-touch...
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  • CWA says New Reports Detail How some Telecoms Companies are Failing to Provide Broadband and Good Jobs

    CWA says New Reports Detail How Telecoms Companies Like AT&T are Failing to Provide Broadband and Good Jobs | site |




    (October 5, 2020) - - Today, October 5, 2020, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) published the following information: 3 new reports released today by the Communications Workers of America, the Economic Policy Institute, and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance describe how profit-driven corporations have left communities without access to...
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  • 116 more Broadband and Telephone Service Providers take FCC Chairman Pai's Keep Americans Connected Pledge

    116 more Broadband and Telephone Service Providers take FCC Chairman Pai's Keep Americans Connected Pledge | site |




    185 Providers Have Now Agreed to Take Specific Steps to Promote Connectivity for Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic


    (March 16, 2020) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:

    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that 116 more broadband and telephone service providers have taken his Keep Americans Connected Pledge. Chairman Pai launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge on Friday with 69 broadband and telephone providers across the country agreeing to take specific steps to help Americans stay connected for the next 60 days. This afternoon’s announcement means that 185 companies in total have now taken the Pledge. “It’s critical that Americans stay connected throughout the coronavirus...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture to Make 550 Million Dollars in Funding Available in 2020 to Deploy High-Speed Broadband Internet Infrastructure in Rural America

    U.S. Department of Agriculture to Make $550 Million in Funding Available in 2020 to Deploy High-Speed Broadband Internet Infrastructure in Rural America | site |


    Announcement Made at Round One Investment in Iowa


    (December 12, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    STANTON, Iowa, Dec. 12, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the availability of a second round of $550 million in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Reconnect Pilot Program funding appropriated by Congress. The application window for this round of funding is set to open Jan. 31, 2020. Secretary Perdue made the announcement alongside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds while congratulating the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Stanton, Iowa, for receiving $6.4 million in first-round Reconnect Pilot Program funding to connect 477 households, 35 farms and 21 businesses in Montgomery and Page counties.
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests 62.3 Million Dollars in Rural Broadband Infrastructure for Alabama Families

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests $62.3 Million in Rural Broadband Infrastructure for Alabama Families | site |



    (December 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    HAMILTON, Ala., Dec. 5, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $62.3 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 8,000 rural households, 57 farms, 44 businesses, 17 educational facilities, 14 critical community facilities and three health care facilities in rural Alabama. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments. “Beyond connecting us to our friends and family, high-speed broadband internet connectivity, or e-Connectivity, is a necessity, not an amenity, to do business, access opportunities in educatio
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  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai Announces the Appointment of a New Member of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai Announces the Appointment of a New Member of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee




    Washington, DC - - (April 10, 2018) - - On April 9, 2018 the Federal Communications Commission issued and released the following Public Notice:



    CHAIRMAN PAI ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW MEMBER OF THE BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE This Public Notice serves as notice that, consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed David Young to serve on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) as a representative of the National League of Cities. Mr. Young is Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager for the City of Lincoln, Neb. For further information, please contact Brian Hurley, Designated Federal Officer (DFO) of the BDAC, at (202) 4
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  • Federal Communications Commission Authorizes SPACEX to Provide Broadband Services via Satellite Constellation

    Federal Communications Commission Authorizes SPACEX to Provide Broadband Services via Satellite Constellation


    April 3, 2018



    Washington, DC - - (March 29, 2018) - - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an application by Space Exploration Holdings, doing business as SpaceX, to provide broadband services using satellite technology in the United States and around the world. With this action, the Commission takes another step to increase high-speed broadband availability and competition in the United States. This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies. SpaceX proposed a satellite system comprised of 4,425 satellites and was granted authority to use frequencies in the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) bands to provide global Internet connectivit
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  • FirstNet Partners with AT&T to Build 46.5 Billion Dollar Wireless Broadband Network for America’s First Responders

    FirstNet Partners with AT&T to Build $46.5 Billion Wireless Broadband Network for America’s First Responders







    Record-breaking public-private partnership will modernize emergency communications infrastructure, saving lives, protecting communities, and creating jobs




    Washington, DC - - (March 30, 2017) - - Today the Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. This record-breaking public-private partnership is a significant investment in the communications infrastructure that public safety desperately needs for day-to-day operations, disaster response and recovery, and securing of large events. It will also make 20 MHz of prime broadband spectrum available for private-sector development. “Today is a landmark day for public safety across the Nation
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Helps Expand Broadband Service in Rural Illinois and Oklahoma

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Helps Expand Broadband Service in Rural Illinois and Oklahoma




    February 28, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (February 27, 2017) - - Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is awarding $19.3 million in loans to provide broadband in rural portions of Illinois and Oklahoma.

    "These loans will help bring high-speed internet service to rural communities in downstate Illinois and south-central Oklahoma," Glendenning said. "Many rural areas still lack access to the type of reliable, affordable broadband service that can offer better access to jobs, educational, health care and business services."

    In Oklahoma, Southern Plains Cable, LLC will receive a $15.3 million loan to build a fiber-optic broadband network serving a 55-square-mile area that includes the communities of Anadarko, Verden, and Chickasha. Illinois' Moultrie
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  • Statement of Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O'Rielly on Commission Consideration of Broadband Privacy Interim Stay Order

    Statement of Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O'Rielly on Commission Consideration of Broadband Privacy Interim Stay Order



    Washington, DC - - (February 27, 2017) - - “As I indicated in my dissenting statement when the previous Commission adopted these rules, I believe they are fatally flawed from the standpoints of both statutory authority and public policy. I support the Chairman's proposal to allow the Commission and Congress time to take another look at these ill-considered rules before they have a chance to throw broadband providers' data security practices into unsettled territory.” “Additionally, I support the Chairman's decision to give Commissioners a chance to weigh in here in a process similar to that I proposed in a recent blog post. Agree or disagree with the underlying proposal, everyone should commend the Chairman's move away from the delegated authority abuses we have seen in the past, toward more input from Commis
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    U.S. Department of the Interior Seeks to Increase Broadband Access, Reduce Wildfire Hazards Across Rural Communities
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    U.S. Department of the Interior Seeks to Increase Broadband Access, Reduce Wildfire Hazards Across Rural Communities | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release dated: January 11, 2021)

    Grand Junction, Colo -- Today, the Department of the Interior announced three new actions by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service to aggressively increase broadband internet access in rural communities and reduce wildfire risks. Deputy Secretary Katharine MacGregor made the announcement at the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado. “High-speed internet connectivity is essential for education, economic opportunity, health and public safety – especially as we continue to respond to the challenges of COVID-19,” said Deputy Secretary MacGregor. “Facilitating greater broadband access and reducing wildfire risks for the benefit of ...
    01-14-2021, 04:32 AM
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    USDA says Trump Administration Invests 4.6 Million Dollars in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Georgia
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture says Trump Administration Invests $4.6 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Georgia | site |


    ReConnect Funding to Connect 1,326 Rural Georgia Households to High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release: January 7, 2021)

    Claxton, Ga., Jan. 7, 2021 - - The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $4.6 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Georgia. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program. “The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now – as our nation manages the coronavirus national emergency. Access to telehealth services, remote learning for school children, and remote business operations all require access to broadband,” U.S. Secret...
    01-07-2021, 09:57 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FCC seeks Public Input on New 3.2 Billion Dollars Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission seeks Public Input on New $3.2 Billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program | site |


    Initiative to Connect Low-Income Households Funded Through Recent Congressional Appropriation Responds to FCC’s Call to Keep Americans Connected


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press releasd dated: January 4, 2021) Washington, January 4, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today issued a request for comment on how best to administer a new $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created by Congress to help low-income consumers access the Internet. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the Commission to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re excited to get to work on thi...
    01-06-2021, 06:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FCC says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing | site |


    Gains for Rural Americans Across the Country


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information: WASHINGTON, November 12, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Economics and Analytics today released data showing that the digital divide is closing. At the end of 2019, the number of Americans living in areas without access to terrestrial fixed broadband with speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps—the Commission’s benchmark for high-speed broadband—fell to 14.5 million, a 46% decrease from the end of 2016. Services at higher speeds saw even more significant deployment, with the number of Americans living in areas without broadband speeds of at least 250/25 Mbps falling by 77% since the end of 2016. During that three-year period, the number of rural Am...
    11-13-2020, 10:07 PM
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    FCC Reaffirms Successful Light-touch Regulatory Framework for Broadband Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission Reaffirms Successful Light-touch Regulatory Framework for Broadband Services | site |



    After Court Upheld Vast Majority of Restoring Internet Freedom Order, FCC Reviews Three Remanded Issues and Finds No Basis to Change Its Approach


    (October 27, 2020) - - Today, October 27, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, October 27, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted an Order on Remand in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s remand of three discrete issues for further consideration by the FCC regarding its 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The court’s October 2019 ruling in Mozilla Corp. v. FCC affirmed the FCC’s decision to end its brief foray into heavy-handed utility-style regulation of the Internet under rules designed in the 1930s for the Ma Bell telephone monopoly and to restore the light-touch...
    10-27-2020, 09:10 PM

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