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Op-ed

Setting the Bar for Public Funding: Aiming Higher with the Connect America Fund

The Federal Communications Commission concluded in a recent report that broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion, but there’s more work to be done. On the latter point, there’s widespread agreement.

Op-ed

Rep Mike Coffman Outlines a Net Neutrality Compromise

Remarks of Rep. Mike Coffman, Republican, Sixth District of Colorado 

INCOMPAS Policy Summit

02/07/2018

(as prepared for delivery)

(see video of speech)

Weekly Digest

FCC Perpetrates Broadband Policy by Press Release

You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of February 2 - 9, 2018

Kevin Taglang
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Weekly Digest

Did Some Consensus Break Out at a House Broadband Hearing?

You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of January 29 - February 2, 2018

Op-ed

A Winning Strategy for Superfast Broadband

Testimony of Joanne S. Hovis

President, CTC Technology & Energy

before the

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

“Closing the Digital Divide: Broadband Infrastructure Solutions”

January 30, 2018

(as prepared for delivery)

 

Op-ed

Broadband Price Diversity: Good for Adoption?

Why do Internet service providers (ISPs) merchandise numerous broadband plans and target different consumer groups? Can there be too many or too few options? Broadband offerings might eventually become too complex, varying in down- and up-load speeds, contract duration, price structure, technology, and the bundling of services.

Op-ed

Next Generation Broadband for Western North Carolina

Blair Levin

Regional Broadband Roundtable

Asheville, North Carolina

January 22, 2018

(as prepared for delivery)

Many thanks and Happy New Year.

I don’t want to argue with the title of the most famous book ever written by a regional native son but I am happy to prove you can go home again.

Analysis

Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Connecting for Good

Broadband access and adoption are essential for full participation in our society, for education, for public health, and for public safety. But nagging gaps in broadband adoption exist in too many U.S. communities. In Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives, Dr. Colin Rhinesmith explores successful, local efforts to help low-income individuals and families overcome the barriers to broadband adoption. Dr.

Analysis

Experimentation is the Watchword as Communities Seek to Close Adoption Gaps


John Horrigan 

For many low-income Americans, internet connectivity is a struggle. About half (53%) of those in households with annual incomes under $30,000 have a home broadband internet subscription plan, compared with 93% of households whose annual incomes exceed $75,000. This makes closing connectivity gaps a priority for policymakers, the non-profit sector, and many internet service providers (ISPs).

Op-ed

Defining Success in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

Carol Mattey
Carol Mattey

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction will be the first significant U.S. effort to use competitive bidding to address the digital divide in rural America.