Items tagged "Rural Broadband"

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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 Rebukes FCC for Ineffective Time Extension to Rural Tribal Priority Window

July 31, 2020 2.5ghz , FCC , Rural Broadband , Spectrum , Tribal Broadband

Today, in a blow to Tribal communities, the Federal Communications Commission extended the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window (TPW) by just 30 days. This amount of time is not nearly enough to help Tribes that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, have faced enormous obstacles in applying for the available spectrum during the […]

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FCC: Don’t Abandon Tribes During a Pandemic, Extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window 

July 22, 2020 Communications & Pandemic Series , FCC , Rural Broadband , Tribal Broadband

American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Native Villages, and the Hawaiian Homelands have some of the worst access to broadband in the United States. According to the Federal Communications Commission,  36% of housing units on Tribal lands do not have access to broadband; on non-Tribal lands, this number is only 8%. Tribes face hurdles to accessing the […]

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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 Welcomes Connected Care Pilot NPRM, Urges FCC Address High Cost of Broadband

July 10, 2019 Broadband Access , FCC , Rural Broadband , telehealth , USF

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on the creation of a “Connected Care Pilot” program that would provide Universal Service Fund support to help health care providers defray the cost of broadband service, allowing low-income and veteran patients to access telehealth services. Public Knowledge applauds the FCC for taking this step to learn more about how to make health care more accessible and affordable for vulnerable communities and areas with shortages of health care providers.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Question FCC’s 5G Plan

April 12, 2019 5G , Broadband Access , Broadband Connects America , FCC , Rural Broadband

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the “Facilitate America’s Superiority in 5G Technology (5G FAST) Plan” to ensure the United States wins the race to 5G wireless connectivity. The plan includes the nation’s largest spectrum auction in December 2019 and the promised future creation of a $20.4 billion rural broadband investment fund, “The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,” to help close the digital divide.

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Public Knowledge Finds FCC’s One-Touch, Make-Ready Item An important Step Forward

August 2, 2018 Broadband , Broadband Access , Digital Divide , Rural Broadband

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order on “one-touch, make-ready wireline infrastructure.” The Order creates a one-touch, make-ready option for simple make-ready work that allows a single crew hired by the new provider to do all of the make-ready work at one time.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn for Championing Consumers, Fairness

April 17, 2018 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Prison Phones , Rural Broadband

Today, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced her resignation after almost a decade of experience serving at the agency. She has staunchly protected consumers, net neutrality, and the economically and socially disenfranchised during her tenure.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bipartisan “AIRWAVES Act” to Secure America’s Broadband, Wireless Future

February 7, 2018 broadband infrastructure , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband , Spectrum , Tech Transitions

Today, Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-R) and Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-D) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or “AIRWAVES,” Act. The AIRWAVES Act is the House companion to S.1682.

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