Items tagged "Rural Broadband Access"

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Native American Tribal Groups Join Public Interest Groups Urging Congress to Extend Wireless Broadband Application Deadline for Tribes

July 8, 2020 2.5 GHz , Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , FCC , Rural Broadband Access , Wireless

Today, Public Knowledge joined 15 other public interest, rural, tribal, and consumer advocacy groups in a letter urging Congress to request the Federal Communications Commission extend the 2.5 GHz wireless broadband application deadline for American Indian tribes.

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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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Phillip Berenbroick to Testify Before House Energy & Commerce Committee On Repurposing the C-Band to Benefit All Americans

October 28, 2019 C-band , Digital Divide , next-gen wireless , Rural Broadband Access , Spectrum , Spectrum Auction

Public Knowledge Policy Director Phillip Berenbroick will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce Tuesday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Repurposing the C-Band to Benefit All Americans” will urge Congress to ensure the public airwaves in the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz range (the “C-Band”) benefit the public interest. […]

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Public Interest Groups Urge Congress to Auction C-Band Spectrum to Fund Closing Digital Divide

July 9, 2019 C-band , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Rural Broadband Access

Today, Public Knowledge joined 21 other rural, education, and public interest groups in a letter urging Congress to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to reallocate spectrum in the 3700 to 4200 Mhz band (the “C-Band”) benefits rural and low-income Americans struggling to access broadband.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Digital Equity Act to Help Close Digital Divide

April 11, 2019 Broadband , Digital Divide , digital equity , digital inclusion , Rural Broadband Access

Today, Senator Murray (D-WA) introduced the “Digital Equity Act of 2019” to help close the digital divide by improving digital inclusion among groups that have historically lacked broadband access. The bill would enable these communities to access the technologies and digital literacy programs essential to using broadband internet today.

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FCC Communications Marketplace Report Finds High Cable Prices, Uncompetitive Broadband Markets

December 12, 2018 Cable Pricing , Communications Marketplace Report , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Broadband Access

Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted its first ever Communications Marketplace Report. The Report complies with new congressional requirements to streamline the Commission’s various communications reports into a comprehensive, consolidated review of the state of the communications ecosystem.

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Why Rural Communities of Color Are Left Behind: A Call for Intersectional Demographic Broadband Data

October 19, 2018 Broadband Connects America , FCC , Racial Justice , Rural Broadband Access , Rural Digital Divide

I spent many weekends and summers at my grandmother’s house, a humble home down a long, dirt road outside of the town of Hazlehurst, Georgia. As a teenager and undergraduate student, a time when many of us are far too social, I knew a visit to my grandmother’s house meant an unwanted digital detox. Instead, I enjoyed the tranquility of sitting on the porch as mosquitoes buzzed by or I accompanied my grandmother in the living room as she watched reruns of Bonanza. I found other things to do with my time and not because I enjoyed being disconnected; it was because AT&T’s (during some of those years it was Cingular Wireless) cell reception was non-existent. In 2018, I now have one or two bars that sometimes allow me to make a call or text to a friend when I’m visiting; however, full access to the internet solely with my wireless connection is just not possible.

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