Items tagged "Broadband Deployment"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Comprehensive $100 Billion Broadband Plan As Part of Moving Forward Act to Close Digital Divide

June 22, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Deployment , broadband infrastructure , Digital Divide , digital equity , internet inequality , Rural Access , Rural Broadband

Today, House Democrats announced “The Moving Forward Act,” a massive infrastructure bill funding broadband deployment as well as the building of roads, bridges, housing, rail, and clean energy services.

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Gene Kimmelman to Testify Before Senate Commerce Committee On Broadband Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 13, 2020 Broadband Access , Broadband Deployment , coronavirus , Digital Divide , internet access , internet inequality , testimony

Public Knowledge Senior Advisor Gene Kimmelman will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today at 10:00 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “The State of Broadband Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic” will urge Congress to pass a comprehensive legislative package to ensure that broadband is affordable, reliable, and available universally both during and after the pandemic.

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Public Knowledge Disappointed in Stimulus Bill Missing the Broadband Mark, Overlooking Struggling Local Media

March 25, 2020 Broadband Access , Broadband Deployment , coronavirus , geolocation , misinformation , stimulus

Today, the United States Senate voted to pass a stimulus bill, “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” to address the coronavirus pandemic by providing economic support for individual Americans and businesses. Unfortunately, the bill disregards broadband subsidies for low-income Americans, largely neglects broadband deployment, and rejects any requirements for broadband providers to drop data caps, overage fees, or throttling practices to keep people connected. The bill also overlooks support for local journalism, and privacy protections for geolocation and health data. Public Knowledge is very concerned that this bill misses an opportunity to help Americans on the wrong side of the digital divide during this time of crisis, as well as the local journalists they depend on.

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Last-Minute Change to FCC Rural Broadband Fund May Ban Grants for Millions of Unconnected Americans

January 30, 2020 Broadband Deployment , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , RDOF , Rural Digital Divide

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order that would commit $20.4 billion from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to fund broadband deployment.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Enhance Broadband DATA Act to Better Connect All Americans

November 14, 2019 Broadband Access , Broadband Deployment , broadband mapping , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Rural Access , Rural Broadband Access , Rural Digital Divide

Today, the House Energy & Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee marked up the “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (Broadband DATA Act).” The bill would improve broadband mapping data accuracy at the Federal Communications Commission. Public Knowledge supports requiring the FCC to collect more granular data to generate more accurate and detailed broadband maps.

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Public Knowledge Warns Broadband Report Not Based on Quality Data

May 29, 2019 Broadband , Broadband Access , Broadband Deployment , Digital Divide , FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission published its 2019 Broadband Deployment Report, claiming that “the nation’s digital divide is narrowing.” Public Knowledge contends that this finding rings hollow with unserved and underserved Americans.

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The Strategic Exclusion of Puerto Rico’s Data From the Broadband Deployment Report

July 16, 2019 Broadband Deployment , disaster recovery , FCC , infrastructure , Puerto Rico

We are in the second month of the 2019 hurricane season and to many, especially those living in Puerto Rico, there are fears about what this season may bring to the island that was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria almost two years ago. Those working in disaster management cite the importance of preparedness in advance of extreme weather; however, in order for a community to be prepared, there must be data that helps the community understand the full scope of their vulnerabilities.

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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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