Items tagged "Rural Access"

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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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The FCC’s New Initiative Punishes States That Have Tried to Close the Digital Divide

February 20, 2020 Broadband Access , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Access , Rural Broadband

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Report and Order about the new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which provides $20.4 billion to fund broadband deployment in rural areas over 10 years. However, the Order, as written, could actually broaden the digital divide by punishing states that have taken steps to fund broadband […]

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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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FCC 3.5 GHz Band License Changes Will Make Closing the Rural Digital Divide More Difficult

October 23, 2018 3.5GHz , 5G , CBRS , FCC , Rural Access

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order to make changes to its Priority Access Licenses in the 3.5 GHz Band (3550-3700 MHz). Today’s action needlessly rolls back a unanimous 5-0 Commission vote from April 2015 and is counterproductive to helping the agency achieve its stated goal of closing the rural digital divide.

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Advocates Ask FCC Chairman Not To Take Away 5G Spectrum From Rural America

October 11, 2018 5G , CBRS , Rural Access , Spectrum

Today, Public Knowledge joined 20 rural advocacy organizations, rural healthcare providers, rural network operators, and public interest advocates in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to preserve the existing Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) rules that enable small providers to offer service in rural areas.

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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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Public Knowledge Responds to Flawed FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on 3.5GHz Band

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

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to roll back portions of the agency’s 2015 3.5GHz licensing Order. Public Knowledge contends that this short-sighted policy making is completely unsupported by the record developed in multiple proceedings and undermines years of work to promote innovative and efficient use of limited spectrum resources.

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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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Public Knowledge Applauds Microsoft’s Rural Broadband Strategy to Connect Rural Americans

July 11, 2017 Broadband , Rural Access , Rural Broadband , Spectrum , White Spaces

Today, Microsoft announced the launch of its Rural Airband Initiative to bring high-speed broadband to 2 million people in rural America. The Airband Initiative relies on the TV white spaces (TVWS), an open spectrum technology similar to Wi-Fi (sometimes called “super Wi-Fi”).

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Public Knowledge Joins Center for Rural Strategies in Appalachian Connectivity Summit

July 6, 2017 Broadband , Competition Policy , FCC , Rural Access , Rural Broadband

Today, Public Knowledge announces its partnership with the Center for Rural Strategies to organize the Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit Tuesday, July 18 in Marietta, Ohio.

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