Items tagged "infrastructure"

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Public Knowledge Applauds Reps. Eshoo, McKinley for Bipartisan ‘Dig Once’ Bill to Expand Broadband

January 17, 2018 Broadband , infrastructure , Rural Access , Rural Broadband

Today, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Congressman David B. McKinley (R-WV) introduced the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2018, which is substantially identical to the 2015 bill of the same name.

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Bipartisan “AIRWAVES Act” Offers Real Solutions For Rural Broadband, Wireless Future

August 1, 2017 infrastructure , Rural Access , Spectrum Auction , Spectrum Reform , Wi-Fi

Today, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or “AIRWAVES,” Act. The bill establishes a pipeline to move federal spectrum into commercial use, ensuring significant capacity for both exclusive use (“licensed”) spectrum and shared use (“unlicensed”) spectrum.

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We Need the FCC to Fix Our National Broadband Maps to Close the Digital Divide

August 9, 2021 Broadband , Broadband Access , broadband mapping , FCC , infrastructure

How the FCC’s Faulty National Broadband Map Renders Americans Without Internet Access Invisible In an era when broadband is essential to innovation, jobs, and education, the U.S. digital infrastructure is at risk as millions of Americans across the nation still lack access to high-speed internet. Lack of reliable and affordable internet is a long-standing problem […]

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The Free Press Is A Pillar of Our Democratic Infrastructure — and It’s Crumbling. Policymakers Should Support Local News in the Infrastructure Bill.

May 26, 2021 Future of News , infrastructure , Internet Superfund , journalism , Legislation , Local News

In the next few months, Congress will debate what should be in the scope of an investment of up to $4 trillion in America’s infrastructure. A host of factors — years of wear and tear with inadequate investment, levels of federal spending that pale in comparison to those of other leading democracies, changing demographics, and […]

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Every American should expect their communications systems to work regularly and reliably, especially during a public emergency. As we transition to new, more sophisticated and technologically-advanced networks that support an array of new services, users should expect those networks to work as reliably as the networks they replace. Those networks must also not disrupt services […]

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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 FCC’s Plan to Gut Tech Transitions Rules Is Bad for Consumers, Small Businesses and Competition

September 6, 2017 consumer protections , FCC , infrastructure , Tech Transitions

In April of this year, the Federal Communications Commission began a wireline infrastructure proceeding designed to accelerate broadband deployment. The proceeding contains multiple proposals to remove barriers to broadband deployment and infrastructure, such as reforming pole attachment rates and preempting state and local laws. Buried within these proposals is a plan to eliminate “tech transitions” rules, which outline the responsibilities of phone carriers when they choose to retire copper networks or discontinue service.

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