Items tagged "Broadband Access"

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Public Knowledge Celebrates FCC Action To Connect the Vulnerable With New $50 Broadband Subsidy

February 26, 2021 Broadband Access , Broadband Affordability , broadband subsidy , coronavirus , Covid-19 , EBB , FCC

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission voted on circulation to approve a Report and Order to establish the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a $3.2 billion federal initiative to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer, laptop, or tablet. The program created by Congress subsidizes broadband and device payments for low-income consumers or families hit hard by the pandemic, including students and the unemployed.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments Urging FCC to Expand the E-Rate Program to Connect Students During Pandemic

February 17, 2021 Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , E-Rate , FCC , remote learning

Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined New America’s Open Technology Institute in filing comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Notice on the use of E-Rate funds to enable remote learning.

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The 117th Congress has convened at an inflection point in our nation’s history, unprecedented in more than a century. These are serious times, with the country going into its eleventh month of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment running high, and families facing so many challenges in their work and personal lives. Such times demand […]

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Commissioner Rosenworcel as FCC Acting Chair to Protect Consumers

January 21, 2021 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , consumer protections , E-Rate , E911 , FCC , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Save Broadband Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Commissioner Rosenworcel has been a strong advocate for broadband affordability, student access through the E-Rate program to in-home broadband connectivity, and generally a more consumer-focused FCC. Public Knowledge commends Commissioner Rosenworcel for her work in championing the public interest.

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Public Knowledge Urges Quick Confirmation of Fifth FCC Commissioner to Protect Consumers

December 8, 2020 Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , FCC , network resiliency

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Nathan Simington to the Federal Communications Commission effectively deadlocking the agency until the Senate confirms a candidate for the fifth seat on the commission.

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Public Knowledge Joins 39 Groups Urging Congress to Include Broadband Subsidy in Stimulus Bills

December 8, 2020 Broadband Access , broadband subsidy , coronavirus , Covid-19 , Digital Divide , Rural Access , stimulus

Today, Public Knowledge joins 39 other public interest, government, civil rights, labor, higher education, and rural advocacy groups in a letter urging Congress to offer a federal broadband subsidy in forthcoming COVID-19 stimulus packages.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Bill Amendment Extending Tribal Window for Broadband Access

November 18, 2020 2.5 GHz , Broadband , Broadband Access , FCC , Legislation , Spectrum

Today the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs amended S. 3264, the Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Reclaiming Spectrum to Help Close Digital Divide

November 18, 2020 Broadband Access , Digital Divide , DSRC , FCC , Rural Broadband , Spectrum

Today, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously adopted an Order reclaiming the 45 MHz spectrum band from the auto industry in order to help close the digital divide.

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FCC Adopts Speed Increase and Extends COVID-19 Waivers for Lifeline Recipients

November 17, 2020 Affordability , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission increased the minimum service standards for Lifeline recipients from 3 GB to 4.5 GB per month.

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AT&T’s Move to Disconnect DSL Customers Shows Harm of Deregulatory Agenda

October 14, 2020 AT&T , Broadband Access , DSL , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Rural Broadband Access

Today, Public Knowledge, Communications Workers of America, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Next Century Cities, Common Cause, and Greenlining Institute filed an ex parte warning the Federal Communications Commission that its deregulatory agenda leaves consumers vulnerable to losing broadband service during the pandemic. 

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