Items tagged "Tech Transitions"

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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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Making the Digital Transition an “Upgrade for All” Again

August 26, 2019 Litigation , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband Downgrade , Tech Transition , Tech Transitions

You can watch Harold Feld and Lindsay Stern present oral arguments for the case discussed below tomorrow at 9 a.m. PDT here. Across the nation, surprised Americans are waking to discover that their copper line — this landmark technology once used to connect America to the telephone system — doesn’t work. These unfortunate Americans are no longer […]

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Pai’s Plan to Downgrade Rural America

November 2, 2017 FCC , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband Downgrade , Tech Transitions , Wireline

On his very first day as the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai dedicated himself to closing the digital divide and to “work to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.” Sounds promising for America, right? Unfortunately, Chairman Pai hasn’t followed through with this promise. Instead, the Trump-appointed FCC Chairman has rubberstamped the elimination of several policies and protections that are critical to closing the digital divide.

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The FCC’s Plan to Gut Tech Transitions Rules Is Bad for Consumers, Small Businesses and Competition

September 6, 2017 consumer protections , FCC , infrastructure , Tech Transitions

In April of this year, the Federal Communications Commission began a wireline infrastructure proceeding designed to accelerate broadband deployment. The proceeding contains multiple proposals to remove barriers to broadband deployment and infrastructure, such as reforming pole attachment rates and preempting state and local laws. Buried within these proposals is a plan to eliminate “tech transitions” rules, which outline the responsibilities of phone carriers when they choose to retire copper networks or discontinue service.

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Next on Chairman Pai’s Chopping Block: Tech Transitions

April 19, 2017 FCC , Tech Transitions

The Federal Communications Commission has been on a bit of a crusade under Chairman Ajit Pai’s leadership so far, taking any steps they can to reverse or undermine Wheeler-era accomplishments, no matter the pushback. While he’s had some success (and is poised to take yet another stab at limiting broadband competition this morning), there’s another item on today’s agenda. Wrapped (somewhat deceptively) in language justifying deregulation with promises of infrastructure deployment, and lumped in with other valuable proposals, is an effort to gut important consumer protections implemented to ensure a smooth path through arguably the largest digital infrastructure project on the horizon: the tech transitions.

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FCC Sets the Ground Rules for Shutting Down the Phone System, Sets the Stage for Universal Broadband

July 14, 2016 FCC , Five Fundamentals , Tech Transitions

The two Orders the FCC will vote on today probably have more impact on the future of our communications infrastructure than the Title II reclassification of broadband, but like many technical topics, it hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.

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Lifeline: Bringing Broadband into the 21st Century

September 30, 2015 FCC , Lifeline , Tech Transitions

Last month, Public Knowledge filed comments urging the Federal Communications Commission to modernize its Lifeline program to support broadband Internet access service. Today, we submitted reply comments to explain that the FCC has overwhelming support to move forward and update the program.

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Tech Transitions: How Will You Know When You’re Transitioning?

August 28, 2015 FCC , Five Fundamentals , Public Safety , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the past four weeks, we have featured a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. In our final post of the series below, Meredith Whipple explains what communities need to know about their new networks, why this is important, and what the FCC did about it this month.

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Tech Transitions: Will the New Network Be Good Enough?

August 21, 2015 FCC , Five Fundamentals , Public Safety , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the coming weeks, we will feature a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. In our fourth post below, Meredith Whipple explains what needs to be done to make sure that during the tech transitions, the new services are adequate substitutes for the old services they are replacing.

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Your Provider Can’t Just Take Away Your Service. Here’s Why.

August 14, 2015 FCC , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the coming weeks, we will feature a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. You can read the first two posts of the series here. In our third post below, Meredith Filak Rose breaks down the meaning of “Section 214” and explains why your phone provider can’t just cut you off.

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