Press Release

USDA Invests More Than $29 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Oklahoma

The Trump Administration announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $29 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Oklahoma.

PHLConnectED: Connecting K-12 students to the internet

PHLConnectED will connect up to 35,000 K-12 student households with internet service in Philadelphia. The program will offer eligible student households up to two years of high-speed internet. Participants will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses or installation fees. PHLConnectED has three key components:

FCC Establishes Bidding Procedures for December C-band Auction

The Federal Communications Commission established final application and bidding procedures for the auction of 280 megahertz of mid-band spectrum for 5G and other advanced wireless services. This auction will offer 5,684 new flexible-use overlay licenses based on Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) for spectrum in the 3.7– 3.98 GHz band. This spectrum holds the potential to be prime spectrum for 5G services, and the procedures adopted today will ensure the assignment to auction winners of contiguous spectrum blocks allowing wide channel bandwidths that support 5G deployment.

FCC Seeks to Reduce Rates and Charges for Inmate Calling Services

The Federal Communications Commission took a major step toward comprehensively reforming rates and charges for the inmate calling services (ICS) within its jurisdiction. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has twice rejected and remanded the FCC’s past efforts to address rates and charges for ICS. Recognizing the need of incarcerated individuals and their families to stay connected, the FCC Aug 6 responded to the court’s remands and made several proposals to ensure just and reasonable rates and charges for these services, as required by the Communications Act.

On Senate Floor, Klobuchar Highlights Need to Keep Students and Low-Income Families Connected During the Pandemic and Invest in Broadband Infrastructure

On the Senate Floor, Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) spoke about the impact that the lack of access to broadband is having on Americans during the coronavirus pandemic – particularly students and low-income families – and the critical need to bring high-speed internet to every family, regardless of their zip code. 

AeroNet to offer advanced Wi-Fi service in San Juan in partnership with Facebook Connectivity

Puerto Rico’s leading business internet service provider AeroNet has announced a new, advanced Wi-Fi service in Old San Juan, in partnership with Facebook Connectivity. The new service is powered by Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi platform, which will enable AeroNet to provide its Wi-Fi service in a sustainable and scalable way, and Terragraph, a gigabit wireless technology that delivers fiber-like speeds over the air and will serve as the backhaul solution for the Wi-Fi network. 

Announcing the Expansion of the Clean Network to Safeguard America’s Assets

The Clean Network program is the Trump Administration’s comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens’ privacy and our companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I am announcing the launch of five new lines of effort to protect America’s critical telecommunications and technology infrastructure.

FCC Commissioner Starks Seeks Details On Bidstream Consumer Data And Procedures To Ensure Data Privacy

On Aug 4, Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks sent letters to AT&T and Verizon inquiring about the aggregation and monetization of sensitive consumer data that is generated for advertising placement purposes. Recent reports indicate that this data is being used to track Americans’ locations to protests and places of worship.

Sen Scott Introduces Two Bills to Expand Rural Broadband

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced two bills addressing broadband issues facing many in our country: The Connecting Minority Communities Act and the Governors Broadband Development Fund.

Making Lifeline a Snap For Eligible Households

Although Lifeline eligibility is now linked directly to the Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, Lifeline has adopted none of the technology advances designed to make it both consumer and provider-friendly.  If the Lifeline program is to play a bigger role in addressing the well-documented internet usage gaps for low-income Americans, the program must be modernized. In a modernized Lifeline program, eligible households would apply