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Closing the digital and economic divides in rural America

This photo essay confirms that rural areas like Staunton (VA) are in critical need of high-speed broadband networks for economic and talent development, especially as access to technology has become the lever to avert the expected outcomes of pove

CAF Phase II Auction Closes, Allocates $1.488 Billion to Close the Digital Divide

Bidding in the Connect America Fund Phase II auction concluded on August 21, 2018. There were 103 winning bidders in the auction, with the 10-year support amount totaling $1.488 billion and covering 713,176 locations in 45 states.

Michigan Broadband Roadmap: Lots of Ideas for Improving Availability, Adoption

A consortium established by Gov Rick Snyder (R-MI) has come up with a wide range of recommendations for increasing broadband availability in the state, which currently ranks 30th among the 50 states in broadband availability and 34th on broadband

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Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition

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Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:00 to Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:00

Community leaders, industry powerhouses, and policymakers come together at the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition's Annual Conference to build the future of broadband bit by bit. No other conference includes education, health, industry, and policy sectors uniting to discuss how broadband empowers the entire community. Join us as we dive into the nuts and bolts of E-rate, Rural Health Care, Broadband Infrastructure, and so much more. 



Chairman Pai Response Regarding Lifeline Reform

On August 10, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded to letters from members of Congress who wrote to Chairman Pai regarding drastic cuts to the FCC's Lifeline program.

Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process Window Extended 90 Days

In this Order, we extend the previously announced deadline for the close of the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) challenge window by an additional 90 days.

FCC Directs USAC to Fully Fund Eligible Category 1 and 2 E-Rate Requests

In this notice, the Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau announces that there is sufficient funding available to fully meet the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) estimated demand for category one and cate

ISPs say they can’t expand broadband unless government gives them more money

Broadband providers have spent years lobbying against utility-style regulations that protect consumers from high prices and bad service.

TracFone's Lifeline Petition

TracFone Wireless, a reseller active in the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline program, filed an emergency petition with the FC

Court halts FCC move to lower broadband subsidies for tribal areas

A federal court has blocked the Federal Communications Commission from making changes to its Lifeline broadband subsidy program that would have effectively eliminated benefits for many Native Americans living on tribal lands.