Internet/Broadband

Coverage of how Internet service is deployed, used and regulated.

Chairman Pai's Response to Sen Franken Regarding Open Internet

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On Jan 30, Sen Al Franken (D-MN) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to "protect freedom of speech by maintaining and enforcing the Open Internet Order."

Sen Markey Criticizes Efforts to Undo Broadband Privacy Rules

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) released the following statement about efforts to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules by utilizing the Congressional Review Act.

FCC's Open Internet Docket Heats Up

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet docket is starting to fill up with new comments, according to the FCC's online list of the most active proceedings.

Dispelling misconceptions in the Open Internet debate

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Several misconceptions about the Open Internet rules are in circulation...this blog post is a first stab at dispelling the most problematic issues.

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The FCC Is Sucking The Life Out Of Lifeline

Recommendation:
2

Here at Benton, we work to make sure communications policy strengthen communities and democracy. We believe that expanding access, adoption, and use of communications technologies is essential for democratic participation -- so naturally, closing the digital divide is a key priority. The Federal Communications Commission, charged with making communication service available “to all the people of the United States" -- has a number of programs to ensure universal service. The E-rate program, created by Congress in 1996, makes broadband and Wi-Fi services more affordable for schools and libraries. The Lifeline program makes telecommunications services more affordable for low-income households. But recent FCC activity has indicated that these programs are at risk -- odd behavior from new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai who said, “I believe one of our core priorities going forward should be to close [the digital divide].”

FCC To Hold Open Commission Meeting February 23, 2017

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, February 23, 2017:
Connect America Fund: The Commission will ...

More House Members Push Pai On Lifeline Authorizations

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Over a dozen Democratic members of the House Commerce Committee have asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to reverse his reversal of nine Lifeline broadband subsidy authorizations granted in the waning weeks of his predecessor, Chairman Tom Wheeler.

A Measured Lifeline Reboot

Location:
Mobile Future, 1325 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
1

It is disappointing that a recent order from the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Bureau to reconsider the eligibility for participation of just nine of the more than 900 companies currently participating in the Lifeline program has sparked such a maelstrom of misinformation and motive-questioning.

RWA: Mobility Fund Phase II Could Leave Some Areas Without Service

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Some rural areas could be left without wireless service if the Federal Communications Commission approves the latest proposal for the Connect America Mobility Fund Phase II, cautions the Rural Wireless Association.

It has been an early start for a strong farm bill

Location:
Marshall, MN, United States
Recommendation:
1

Expanding access to high-speed internet is one of the best investments we can make. With just a percentage point increase in new broadband distribution, employment expands by 300,000 jobs. Still, more than 50 percent of households in Minnesota townships lack broadband access.

Rural Republican lawmakers propose boost in broadband funding

Location:
Madison, WI, United States
Recommendation:
1

Rural Republican lawmakers are proposing millions more in funding to improve internet access in Wisconsin.

Mount Washington, Massachusetts, municipal network shows can-do approach to community broadband

Location:
Mount Washington, MA, United States
Recommendation:
2

As the third smallest town in Massachusetts, Mount Washington is not an obvious fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) buildout target.

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The FCC Is Sucking The Life Out Of Lifeline

Here at Benton, we work to make sure communications policy strengthen communities and democracy. We believe that expanding access, adoption, and use of communications technologies is essential for democratic participation -- so naturally, closing the digital divide is a key priority. The Federal Communications Commission, charged with making communication service available “to all the people of the United States" -- has a number of programs to ensure universal service. The E-rate program, created by Congress in 1996, makes broadband and Wi-Fi services more affordable for schools and libraries. The Lifeline program makes telecommunications services more affordable for low-income households. But recent FCC activity has indicated that these programs are at risk -- odd behavior from new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai who said, “I believe one of our core priorities going forward should be to close [the digital divide].”

Alphabet is sending hundreds of staff from its internet access unit to Google

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

The changes at Access raise questions about the future of the subsidiary.

Google Fiber Sheds Workers As It Looks to a Wireless Future

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google Fiber is getting a lot smaller.

Telco, cable-backed Missouri bill could limit municipal broadband growth, opposition group says

Location:
Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO, 65101, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new broadband battle is brewing in Missouri as the state’s largest telecommunication companies and cable operators are backing a new bill to limit municipal broadband.

ISPs ask lawmakers to kill privacy rules, and they’re happily obliging

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Republican Sens are reportedly preparing a legislative move to overturn privacy rules that require Internet service providers to protect their customers' online data.

Amazon and Google Consider Turning Smart Speakers Into Home Phones

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
3

Amazon and Alphabet’s Google are considering a new use for their popular home speakers: becoming the home phone.

MacArthur Foundation Names 8 Semifinalists in 100&Change Grant Competition

Location:
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 140 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, 60603-5285, United States
Recommendation:
2

Eight bold solutions to critical social problems were named semi-finalists in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from MacArthur. The proposals include 1) providing libraries and learners free digital access to four million books, 2) educating children displaced by conflict and persecution, and 3) providing virtual access to specialist medical care for underserved US patients.

Rural Broadband, Restoring FCC to 5 Members Top Walden's Agenda

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) outlined a broad agenda for the committee and its Communications Subcommittee Feb 14, with items ranging from legislative action on Title II to a comprehensive examination of Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration "reauthorization" to accelerated rural broadband deployment to increased oversight of federal cybersecurity initiatives.

Concerns about FCC E-rate letter on fiber broadband deployment

Location:
American Library Association's Washington Office, 1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20009-2520, United States
Recommendation:
3

While we anticipated the Federal Communications Commission would take a look at its Universal Service Fund (USF) programs once Chairman Ajit Pai was in place, we did not anticipate the speed at which moves to review and evaluate previous actions would occur.

How Information Fuels the Power of our Democracy

Location:
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33131, United States
Recommendation:
3

We started this conference 10 years ago...and look where we are:

Millions Need the Broadband Program the FCC Just Put on Hold

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Internet access is at least as crucial to taking part in the 21st-century US economy as a phone or a car. But one-third of adults have no broadband connection at home.

Meet the man who'll dismantle net neutrality 'with a smile'

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

. "He made the chairman's life miserable," said Gigi Sohn, a former adviser to the previous head, Tom Wheeler, in reference to their constant ideological clashes. "But I like him. Everyone likes him."

Wireless Broadband Continues to Serve as Complement for, Rather Than Replacement of, Robust Wireline Networks

Location:
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
3

Wireless technologies like 5G may offer much promise, but they will rely even more deeply upon and serve as a complement to robust wireline broadband technologies rather than a replacement for them, according to a technical report by telecommunications engineering and consulting firm Vantage Point Solutions and filed with the Federal Communications Commission by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

House Communications Subcommittee Chair Blackburn Aims To Revoke Broadband Privacy Rules

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says she is readying a push to revoke the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. Chairman Blackburn said she believes lawmakers can use the Congressional Review Act to rescind the new privacy rules.

FCC Releases 2017 Urban Rate Survey

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau announced the 2017 rate floor for incumbent eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) and reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed voice and broadband services.

Comcast to Bow 1-Gig Broadband in Huntsville, AL

Location:
Huntsville, AL, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comcast said it plans to launch a DOCSIS 3.1-based 1-Gig broadband service to residences and businesses in Huntsville (AL) later in 2017, paving the way for a big broadband showdown with AT&T and an expected municipal service offering.

41 Democratic Reps Write to FCC Chairman Pai Over Lifeilne Program

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Democratic Reps are hammering Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai over his decision to cut nine companies from a program that provides subsidized internet service to low-income people.

Civil Rights Groups, Funded by Telecoms, Back Donald Trump’s Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Leading Civil Rights groups who for many years have been heavily bankrolled by the telecommunications industry are signaling their support for Donald Trump’s promised rollback of the Obama administration’s network neutrality rules, which prevent internet service providers from prioritizing some content providers over others.

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