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  • FCC seeks Comments on Competitive Access to Broadband in Apartment and Office Buildings

    Federal Communications Commission seeks Comments on Competitive Access to Broadband in Apartment and Office Buildings | site |



    Tees Up Questions on Revenue Sharing Agreements Between Building Owners and Providers, and on Exclusive Wiring and Marketing Arrangements


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 7, 2021) Washington, September 7, 2021 - - he Federal Communications Commission today announced it is inviting a new round of comments in a proceeding examining competitive access to broadband in apartment and office buildings. The new call for comments aims to better understand how the Commission can promote increased competition, consumer choice, and lower prices for Americans living and working in these buildings. “Across the country throughout the pandemic, the need for more and better broadband access has never been clearer,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessi...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior: Federal Coalition Announces Summit to Improve Broadband

    U.S. Department of the Interior: Federal Coalition Announces Summit to Improve Broadband | site |



    Registration Open for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - -  A coalition of federal agencies are working together to address the issue of how to close the digital divide and increase internet access across Indian Country. The Department of the Interior and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are partnering with the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit, taking place throughout the month of September as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The National Tribal Broadband Summit offers a platform for leaders
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  • Federal Communications Commission Releases First-of-its-Kind Mobile Broadband Map

    Federal Communications Commission Releases First-of-its-Kind Mobile Broadband Map| site |


    Standardized 4G LTE Coverage Data Marks Progress on the FCC’s Broadband Mapping and Data Collection Efforts


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: August 6, 2021)

    Washington, August 6, 2021 - - Today, the FCC published a brand-new map showing mobile coverage and availability data in the U.S. from the country’s largest wireless providers. This is the first public map showing updated mobile coverage released by the FCC and represents a significant improvement over other data previously published by the agency. It also serves as a public test of the standardized criteria developed to facilitate improved mapping under the Broadband DATA Act. “A good map is one that changes over time. Today’s new map represents progress in our efforts to implement the Broadband DATA Act and build next-...
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  • FCC says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program

    Federal Communications Commission says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program | site |



    Releases EBB public data tracking dashboard


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) Washington, June 7, 2021 - - Today FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled over 2.3 million households into the subsidy program initiated by Congress. Since mid-May, households in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa were approved to receive a discount on their monthly internet bills and have selected a participating EBB provider to receive internet service at home. “I am thrilled to see that the great need for affordable broadband support is being met with over 2 million households enrolled in three short weeks. I’ve also said we nee...
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  • FCC says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls over One Million Households

    Federal Communications Commission says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls over One Million Households | site |



    FCC says "One Week After the Program’s Launch, More Than One Million Households Are Receiving Monthly Internet Discounts"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release statement dated: May 20, 2021) Washington, May 20, 2021 - - Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled more than one million households in the first week of the program’s debut. Households in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa are benefitting from the subsidy program initiated by Congress. “The high demand we’ve seen for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program demonstrates what many of us already knew to be true – too many families are struggling to get online, even in 202...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Launches Outreach Campaign to Millions of K-12 Students and Federal Pell Grant Recipients Now Eligible for Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service

    U.S. Department of Education Launches Outreach Campaign to Millions of K-12 Students and Federal Pell Grant Recipients Now Eligible for Monthly Discounts on Broadband Internet Service | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 12, 2021)

    The U.S. Department of Education today launched a major outreach campaign to millions of students who are now eligible for a monthly discount on broadband internet service under a temporary program administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The campaign will inform millions of families with children participating in the free or reduced-price lunch or school breakfast program, and 6.5 million Pell Grant recipients that they are now eligible for the discount of up to $50 per month. Eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $75 per month. “The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified issues of internet access and
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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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    FCC seeks Comments on Competitive Access to Broadband in Apartment and Office Buildings
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    Federal Communications Commission seeks Comments on Competitive Access to Broadband in Apartment and Office Buildings | site |



    Tees Up Questions on Revenue Sharing Agreements Between Building Owners and Providers, and on Exclusive Wiring and Marketing Arrangements


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: September 7, 2021) Washington, September 7, 2021 - - he Federal Communications Commission today announced it is inviting a new round of comments in a proceeding examining competitive access to broadband in apartment and office buildings. The new call for comments aims to better understand how the Commission can promote increased competition, consumer choice, and lower prices for Americans living and working in these buildings. “Across the country throughout the pandemic, the need for more and better broadband access has never been clearer,” said Acting Chairwoman Jessi...
    09-08-2021, 02:06 AM
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    U.S. Department of the Interior: Federal Coalition Announces Summit to Improve Broadband
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    U.S. Department of the Interior: Federal Coalition Announces Summit to Improve Broadband | site |



    Registration Open for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - -  A coalition of federal agencies are working together to address the issue of how to close the digital divide and increase internet access across Indian Country. The Department of the Interior and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are partnering with the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit, taking place throughout the month of September as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The National Tribal Broadband Summit offers a platform for leaders
    ...
    08-19-2021, 04:37 AM
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    Federal Communications Commission Releases First-of-its-Kind Mobile Broadband Map
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    Federal Communications Commission Releases First-of-its-Kind Mobile Broadband Map| site |


    Standardized 4G LTE Coverage Data Marks Progress on the FCC’s Broadband Mapping and Data Collection Efforts


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: August 6, 2021)

    Washington, August 6, 2021 - - Today, the FCC published a brand-new map showing mobile coverage and availability data in the U.S. from the country’s largest wireless providers. This is the first public map showing updated mobile coverage released by the FCC and represents a significant improvement over other data previously published by the agency. It also serves as a public test of the standardized criteria developed to facilitate improved mapping under the Broadband DATA Act. “A good map is one that changes over time. Today’s new map represents progress in our efforts to implement the Broadband DATA Act and build next-...
    08-08-2021, 04:58 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FCC says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program | site |



    Releases EBB public data tracking dashboard


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) Washington, June 7, 2021 - - Today FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled over 2.3 million households into the subsidy program initiated by Congress. Since mid-May, households in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa were approved to receive a discount on their monthly internet bills and have selected a participating EBB provider to receive internet service at home. “I am thrilled to see that the great need for affordable broadband support is being met with over 2 million households enrolled in three short weeks. I’ve also said we nee...
    06-09-2021, 02:48 AM
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    FCC says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls over One Million Households
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    Federal Communications Commission says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls over One Million Households | site |



    FCC says "One Week After the Program’s Launch, More Than One Million Households Are Receiving Monthly Internet Discounts"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release statement dated: May 20, 2021) Washington, May 20, 2021 - - Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled more than one million households in the first week of the program’s debut. Households in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa are benefitting from the subsidy program initiated by Congress. “The high demand we’ve seen for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program demonstrates what many of us already knew to be true – too many families are struggling to get online, even in 202...
    05-28-2021, 07:00 AM

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