Federal Communications Commission

Chairman Pai Response Regarding Barriers to Broadband Deployment

A variety of lawmakers wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to encourage the FCC to move quickly to clarify rules governing pole attachment regulations in order to remove barriers to broadband deployment: [Sept 2] Reps Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Darin LaHood (R-IL),  [Sept 30] Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA), [Oct 15] Rep Doris Matsui (D-CA), [Oct 19] Rep GK Butterfield (D-NC), [Oct 28] Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Environment Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY).

Appointment of Membership for Fourth Term of Disability Advisory Committee

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai appointed members for the fourth two-year term of the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). There will be 34 members and 4 ex officio members, a diverse mix of organizations representing individuals with disabilities, the communications and video programming industries, the public safety industry, trade associations, researchers, and other stakeholders.

FCC Hears Reports from Wireline Bureau and Rural Broadband Auctions Teams

The Federal Communications Commission heard reports from leaders of the Wireline Competition Bureau and Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force on their work over the last four years. The Wireline Bureau’s presentation to the Commissioners summarized the Wireline Bureau’s substantial progress in core areas, including expanding broadband to millions of previously unserved homes and businesses in rural America, removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment, and transitioning to next-generation networks.