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FCC Action on Wireless Infrastructure Hamstrings Cities but Won’t Spur More 5G Deployment

September 25, 2018 5G , FCC , Rural Access , Wireless Deployment , Wireless Infrastructure

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on an Order and Declaratory Ruling it claims will promote deployment of next-generation wireless networks. The crux of the FCC’s action will impose stringent limits on the fees states and localities charge wireless companies to install and maintain small cells in public rights-of-way (ROW) and on other government property. Additionally, the FCC substitutes decision-making by local elected officials with its own on issues ranging from public safety to community aesthetics when a locality considers a wireless small cell application.

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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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Groups Launch Broadband Connects America Coalition to End Rural Digital Divide

Broadband Connects America , Broadband Privacy , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Access

Today, Public Knowledge Foundation joined 17 other organizations to form the Broadband Connects America coalition. The Coalition is comprised of a wide range of consumer, rural, and social justice organizations committed to closing the digital divide. Coinciding with today’s launch, Broadband Connects America released the Principles to Connect Rural America — five principles to serve as a foundation for policymakers and advocates to promote policies that work to bring broadband to millions of rural Americans.

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FCC Approves 3.5 GHz NPRM, Undermines Rules Designed to Promote Rural Deployment

October 24, 2017 3.5GHz , FCC , Rural Access , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will undo years of the FCC’s work to improve wireless deployments in rural areas, close the digital divide, and promote spectrum use by a wide range of users with diverse and innovative business models in the 150 megahertz between 3550-3700 MHz (the 3.5 GHz Band or Band). Adopting the NPRM is the first step to undermining the FCC’s work in the 3.5 GHz Band, and represents a rare lose-lose-lose scenario in spectrum policy making.

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Podcast

PK In The Know Podcast: Impact of Technology Transitions on Rural Communities

May 22, 2015 Rural Access , Tech Transitions

PK In The Know Podcast: Impact of Technology Transitions on Rural Communities

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