Items tagged "internet inequality"

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FCC Chairman Pai Moves to Leverage 12 GHz Band to Close Digital Divide

December 29, 2020 12 GHz , 5G , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Wireless , wireless broadband

Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could potentially leverage spectrum sharing technology to help close the digital divide. Adding the 12 GHz band to the agency’s “5G FAST Plan” would make an additional 500 MHz of contiguous spectrum available for two-way fixed and mobile 5G wireless broadband services, while protecting incumbent satellite uses (including satellite broadband) from harmful interference.

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My morning routine usually consists of waking up, checking my email, making coffee, and signing on to a Zoom meeting. While I do this, my Mom is also on Zoom teaching her class and my Dad is on a conference call. These things typically happen without any hiccups and we usually think nothing of it. […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Chairman Pai for Order Boosting Rural Broadband Spectrum

October 6, 2020 Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Rural Broadband Access , Spectrum , tv white spaces , TVWS

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai published a draft Report and Order to help close the digital divide by allowing devices that use unlicensed spectrum to provide better broadband coverage in rural and unserved areas.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Open New Application Window to Connect Tribes

September 3, 2020 Digital Divide , internet inequality , Rural Broadband , Rural Broadband Access , Tribal Broadband , tribal priority window

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission closed its 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window, the agency’s first filing window designed to help rural Tribes secure spectrum needed to provide broadband for their communities.

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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 Commends House Democrats for Championing Broadband During Pandemic

May 12, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , coronavirus , Data Caps , Digital Divide , internet inequality

Today, House Democrats introduced the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act” that, among other provisions, helps Americans access broadband — or stay connected — during the pandemic. Public Knowledge commends House Democrats and Sen. Merkley for championing broadband access for everyone during a time when no American can afford to be left behind.

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Updating the National Broadband Plan Marks a Step Toward the Future, But Congress Must Follow Through

May 7, 2020 Broadband Access , coronavirus , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , National Broadband Plan

Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced the “National Broadband Plan for the Future Act.” The bill would instruct the Federal Communications Commission to update the National Broadband Plan, as well as study how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way Americans connect and engage online.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Congressional Support for Affordable Broadband

April 30, 2020 Affordable Access , Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , coronavirus , Digital Divide , internet inequality

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), along with Representatives Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), announced support for a broadband program to help close the digital divide. The proposal follows yesterday’s letter from Public Knowledge and 217 other public interest and industry groups urging Congress to include affordable broadband in future coronavirus stimulus packages. Public Knowledge commends Congressional Democrats for championing affordable broadband access during a time when it’s needed most in every community.

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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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