Items tagged "Broadband Access"

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. As social distancing becomes the new normal across the globe, demands on broadband networks have grown larger, and those demands have begun to strain the […]

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Want to Keep America Home? Give Everyone Free Basic Broadband.

March 20, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband , Broadband Access , Communications & Pandemic Series , Covid-19 , FCC , Legislation

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. Medical experts agree that the most important thing we can do to support the efforts against the COVID-19 outbreak is a medical […]

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Broadband DATA Act: A Step Forward, but Doesn’t Go Far Enough to Solve FCC Data Problems

March 6, 2020 Broadband Access , Broadband Data , broadband mapping , FCC , Legislation , RDOF

This week, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill, the Broadband DATA Act, aimed at improving the Federal Communications Commission’s data collection process for broadband mapping. Since the bill has already passed the Senate, but will return due to procedural reasons, we will likely see the Senate pass this bill soon and then send […]

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The FCC’s New Initiative Punishes States That Have Tried to Close the Digital Divide

February 20, 2020 Broadband Access , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Access , Rural Broadband

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Report and Order about the new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which provides $20.4 billion to fund broadband deployment in rural areas over 10 years. However, the Order, as written, could actually broaden the digital divide by punishing states that have taken steps to fund broadband […]

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PK In The Know Podcast: Broadband Access and the Lifeline Program

October 13, 2015 Broadband , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

PK In The Know Podcast: Broadband Access and the Lifeline Program

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PK In The Know Podcast: Net Neutrality, Expanding Wifi, and 3D Printed Left Shark

February 13, 2015 3D Printing , Broadband , Broadband Access , Net Neutrality

PK In The Know Podcast: Net Neutrality, Expanding Wifi, and 3D Printed Left Shark

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If The FCC Gets Its Way, We’ll Never Close the Digital Divide 

September 26, 2019 Broadband Access , FCC , Rural Broadband , Title II , USF

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a vital program administered through the Federal Communications Commission intended to ensure that U.S. residents, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities have access to affordable communication services, including broadband. In May, the FCC proposed capping the total amount it would expend for USF programs and combining two USF programs – the E-Rate and Rural Telehealth programs. This is a bad idea, as […]

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Your Landlord Might Be Making Deals With Broadband Providers. We Want Them to Stop.

September 10, 2019 Broadband Access , Competition , FCC , MDUs , MTEs

Let me tell you a story about my attempts to get broadband internet access at my old apartment building. I had just finished law school and moved into a large corporate apartment in the Washington, D.C. area. After doing some research, I picked the broadband and cable plan that was best for me and my […]

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The Consequences of a Broadband Deployment Report With Flawed Data

April 25, 2019 Broadband Access , Broadband Deployment , Digital Divide , FCC

The Federal Communications Commission is required by law (under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996) to initiate a notice of inquiry and report annually on whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. This annual broadband report is incredibly important because the findings and conclusions are designed to help Congress and the FCC develop policies that ensure all Americans have robust broadband access. Reports with inaccurate data on broadband availability can skew the findings and prevent unserved and underserved areas from gaining access to broadband. The public has not yet seen the draft 2019 Broadband Deployment Report, but the FCC published a news release about the key findings.

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I Live 50 Miles from Silicon Valley and I Can’t Get Broadband Access

September 6, 2018 Broadband Access , Broadband Connects America , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Access

In Swanton, California, just over 50 miles outside of tech Mecca Silicon Valley, my family can’t get reliable internet. Though affordability remains the number one barrier to internet adoption, we don’t lack connection because of a budget crunch. Instead, we lack access because we live in a rural area and carriers like ours, AT&T, have stopped investing and maintaining internet infrastructure in less populated areas.

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