This week, Public Knowledge joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance in an amicus brief filing in a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission’s action to weaken local authority to manage streets and public property. The brief was filed in City of Portland v. FCC before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the “Facilitate America's Superiority in 5G Technology (5G FAST) Plan” to ensure the United States wins the race to 5G wireless connectivity. The plan includes the nation’s largest spectrum auction in December 2019 and the promised future creation of a $20.4 billion rural broadband investment fund, “The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,” to help close the digital divide.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order to make changes to its Priority Access Licenses in the 3.5 GHz Band (3550-3700 MHz). Today’s action needlessly rolls back a unanimous 5-0 Commission vote from April 2015 and is counterproductive to helping the agency achieve its stated goal of closing the rural digital divide.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to promote the unlicensed use of the 6 GHz Band (5925-7125 MHz). Public Knowledge supports the Commission’s proposal and looks forward to working with the FCC to make this plan a reality.
Today, Public Knowledge joined 20 rural advocacy organizations, rural healthcare providers, rural network operators, and public interest advocates in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to preserve the existing Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) rules that enable small providers to offer service in rural areas.