FCC Proposes Rules To Speed Availability Of Innovative Technologies And Services
The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to ensure that innovative new technologies and services that would serve the public interest are encouraged and made available to the public on a timely basis. Specifically, the NPRM proposes rules and procedures to implement Section 7 of the Communications Act, which was passed by Congress in 1983 to require timely action by the Commission to encourage provision of new technologies and services to the public. Clear rules and guidelines on implementing section 7 are long overdue. While the
FCC Updates And Modernizes National Broadband Map
As it works to close the digital divide, the Federal Communications Commission has updated and modernized its National Broadband Map so the map can once again be a key source of broadband deployment information for consumers, policymakers, researchers, and others. The new, cloud-based map will support more frequent data updates and display improvements at a far lower cost than the original mapping platform, which had not been updated in years. Improvements and features in the successor National Broadband Map include:
Chairman Pai Announces visit to Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands in March
[Press release] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will visit Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands from March 7–10 to meet with local leaders and communications service providers and review the status of communications restoration efforts after the 2017 hurricane season. He will be accompanied by members of the Commission’s Hurricane Recovery Task Force. This serves as a follow-up to his trip to Puerto Rico last November.
The President’s Infrastructure Plan Will Help Bolster Broadband Access to Rural America
A task force created by President Donald Trump developed recommendations for promoting prosperity in rural America, and one of its key recommendations is to deploy high-speed internet access to this nation’s farms, factories, forests, and small businesses in rural America.
Presidential Message on 9-1-1 Telecommunicators Day
Each year, approximately 240 million 9-1-1 calls are answered by the calm, reassuring, and professional voices of our Nations public safety communicators. These emergency dispatchers stand ready to respond to crisis, ensuring their fellow citizens receive the life-saving assistance they need. On National 9-1-1 Telecommunicators Day, we honor the invaluable contributions made by the dedicated men and women in emergency call centers throughout our great country.
FCC Agenda for Open Meeting February 22, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, February 22, 2018.
Sens Capito, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Close Urban-Rural Digital Divide
Sens Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act of 2018 to help close the urban-rural digital divide and expand access to broadband in rural communities.
Chairman Walden Announces Mike Bloomquist as House Commerce Committee Staff Director
House Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced Mike Bloomquist, currently the committee’s Deputy Staff Director, will be named Staff Director effective immediately. The committee’s previous Staff Director Ray Baum passed away Feb 9 after a years-long battle with cancer.
Rural Call Completion Legislation Heads to President's Desk
Bipartisan legislation to improve rural call completion passed the US House of Representatives and now heads to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature. The Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act will direct the Federal Communications Commission to require providers that transmit voice calls to register with the agency and establish quality standards for transmitting voice calls.
Newseum Releases Report on Sexual Misconduct in the Media and Launches New Initiative to Combat the Problem
The Newseum released a report on its groundbreaking Power Shift Summit held on Jan.