National Broadband Plan

FCC Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor

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

For 30 years, the federal government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that telephone service is critical to summoning medical help, seeking work and, ultimately, climbing out of poverty. Now, the nation’s top communications regulator will propose offering those same people subsidized access to broadband Internet.

FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau Low-Income Broadband Pilot Program Staff Report

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

Participating carriers in the Federal Communications Commission’s Low-Income Broadband Pilot Program were required to collect and submit a large amount of anonymized data so that the FCC and others could use such information for their own studies and observations. The data collected during each project is being released with this Report to further enrich the public’s understanding of low-income broadband use. This Report highlights several important patterns in the data relevant to any consideration of Lifeline support for broadband.

Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions

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

This guide is prepared in accordance with the requirements of Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It is intended to help small ...

Proceeds From Auctions Held by the Federal Communications Commission

Location:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the net proceeds of the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auctions will probably be between $10 billion and $40 billion, with an expected value of $25 billion, the middle of that range.

Spectrum Auction Sellers Should Beware ‘Gifts’ from FCC

Location:
Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW, Washington, DC, 20057, United States

Over the next few years, the US government is scheduled to auction some of the most valuable airwaves, or spectrum, owned by television broadcasters to make way for more wireless and mobile services. This gift to America's future is courtesy of President Barack Obama, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and a penurious Congress who endorsed the plan in 2012 -- all, of course, to advance broadband and the public interest.

FCC Commissioner Clyburn at NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association Annual Legislative Conference

Location:
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill -- Valley Forge Room, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Today, broadband is no longer a luxury but a necessity to find a job, monitor your healthcare, get an education, communicate with loved ones and participate in this society. The challenge, or should I say the goal, we face as a nation is how to ensure universal access to broadband comparable to the way we achieved universal access to telephone service.

Working Together to Close the Rural Digital Divide

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

Over the last few years, the FCC has made significant progress modernizing its universal service programs to make broadband available to all Americans. Importantly, the FCC in 2011 unanimously voted to transform the USF high-cost program for the large “price cap” carriers into the Connect America program, which supports rural broadband networks. This program is now moving into its second phase, in which $1.8 billion will soon be offered to expand broadband in price cap areas where deployment would not occur absent subsidies. At the same time, however, another part of the universal service program that provides $2 billion annually in support for smaller rural carriers -- called rate-of-return carriers -- requires modernization.

Happy 5th Anniversary, National Broadband Plan! Progress and New Questions in the Plan’s Review.

Location:
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, 3636 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20010, United States
Recommendation:
2

In March, the nation celebrated the fifth anniversary of the National Broadband Plan, a heralded assignment by the Federal Communications Commission to develop a comprehensive blueprint for technology advancement, broadband deployment, and broadband adoption.

Your smartphone’s future rests on this obscure but historic auction. And nobody’s sure it will even work.

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

The country's entire mobile future right now rests on broadcast television. Here's how.

FCC Grants First AWS-3 Licenses

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

The Federal Communications Commission has approved its first batch of wireless licenses from the AWS-3 auction, which drew close to $45 billion in bids and helped relieve the financial pressure on the broadcast incentive auction.

USF High-Cost Program: Best and Realistic Timelines

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

According to the Federal Communications Commission's most recent report, nearly 14 million Americans lack any access to fixed broadband. In an effort to remedy this, in 2011, the FCC established the Connect America Fund (CAF) within the USF high-cost program to provide federal universal service support to private carriers serving high-cost parts of the nation. While progress has been made to implement various parts, thanks to the great work of staff, there hasn't been a sense of urgency at the FCC due to a lack of energy and commitment to complete the hard tasks that remain. Sadly, unless something significant changes, unserved Americans will have to wait even longer to get access to broadband.

Commerce Department to Co-Chair Broadband Opportunity Council

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that the Commerce Department (along with the Department of Agriculture) will co-chair the Broadband Opportunity Council, a new federal government initiative aimed at increasing broadband investment and reducing barriers to broadband deployment and adoption.

National Broadband Map has Helped Chart Broadband Evolution

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration released updated broadband map data, current as of June 30, 2014. The most significant finding from the latest data is that the United States has met the President’s goal of ensuring 98 percent of the country has access to wireless broadband at a speed of at least 6 megabits per second (Mbps) down/1.5 Mbps up.

Did the National Broadband Plan spur innovation?

Location:
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20057, United States
Recommendation:
2

How has the US done on broadband deployment and adoption since the release of the National Broadband Plan in 2010?

On Five Year Anniversary, National Broadband Plan Author Discusses Progress, Challenges

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

Blair Levin discusses the progress and challenges of the National Broadband Plan five years after he and his team completed it at the Federal Communications Commission.

Statement by FCC Chairman Wheeler on National Broadband Plan Anniversary

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

Five years ago, the Federal Communications Commission released America's first National Broadband Plan. The Plan was a seminal moment in reorienting the agency to focus on the opportunities and challenges of high-speed Internet, and it was the spark that ignited many significant advancements in communications policy.

The US National Broadband Plan’s lasting contribution to global broadband development

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Five years ago, the Federal Communications Commission released the first-ever US National Broadband Plan, a 376-page document. That plan was mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known commonly as the stimulus. In addition to $787 billion in new spending to help jumpstart an economy in deep recession, Congress required that the federal government, under the FCC’s leadership, develop broadband policies that would contribute to this critical effort in a meaningful way.

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The National Broadband Plan at Five: The Work Done and the Work Ahead

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States

Over the last five years, the Benton Foundation has been tracking the progress made on implementing the six core goals and over 200 recommendations in the National Broadband Plan. Our tracking is fueled by our daily Headlines service which is the most comprehensive, free chronicle of developments in telecommunications policy. Benton's National Broadband Plan Tracker captures the links between today's Headlines and events, bills moving through Congress, dockets at the FCC, and the week's key events. Overall, about twenty percent of the National Broadband Plan has been completed over the last five years while action has begun on another fifty-five percent of the recommendations. Fifty-five of the recommendations -- about one-quarter -- have not seen any work as of yet. At Benton, our focus has always been on what we believe to be the heart of the National Broadband Plan: the recommendations targeted at streamlining and modernizing the federal Universal Service Fund. For the Federal Communications Commission, there is no bigger, no better tool than the USF. When the National Broadband Plan was released, there was no task bigger before the FCC than taking programs that were traditionally focused on telephone service (or narrow-band Internet service) and refocusing them on deploying affordable broadband throughout communities.

AT&T Takes Issue with Auction Framework

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

There is a growing consensus among stakeholders, both in wireless and broadcast, that the Federal Communication Commission's variable post-auction plan, which anticipates some TV stations and wireless operators on the same channel in nearby markets, will reduce the "quality." At least that is the view of AT&T, which has told the FCC it needs to rethink portions of its incentive auction framework if it wants it to be a success.

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Celebrating a Fifth O’Planniversary

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Government actions fit into five buckets: 1) responding to a crisis (9/11, Katrina); 2) delivering on recent campaign promises (Reagan, Bush tax cuts); 3) routine operations, generally responding to petitioning bureaucratic or judicial actions; 4) long debated issues that reach a critical juncture and are, momentarily, resolved (Selma and the Voting Rights Act, the Affordable Care Act, last month’s Federal Communications Commission reclassification decision); and 5) small group charged with evaluating strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats related to a mission, and successfully building a path and political capital for achieving the mission. The fourth is rare, and therefore historic. The fifth is seen only slightly more than unicorns. Yet, this week we will see examples of both playing out. Of course, most media attention will focus on the Congressional hearings on the FCC’s recent reclassification decision. But there will also be several events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the National Broadband Plan. The first, on Tuesday, will focus on the impact of the plan on anchor institutions. The second, sponsored by Georgetown, will consider the wide range of issues covered by the Plan, looking back but, more importantly, looking forward to the agenda ahead.

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Day 1 of the National Broadband Plan (1827 Days Later)

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
2

On the eve of the release of the National Broadband Plan five years ago, Charles Benton wrote, “We must roll up our sleeves to make sure we all enjoy the promise of truly universal, affordable broadband…. we must implement this plan -- quickly -- while evaluating our investments in broadband to inform our next national broadband plan.” As we review the progress on the plan, we take another look at Benton’s clarion call from 2010. Benton wrote, “Some may balk at the expansiveness of the plan and the FCC's calls for additional spending. Others may say that there is no need to enact this plan, that the marketplace alone will deliver the high-speed networks and services we need to improve people's lives. But the plan is exactly what Congress called for and the law requires. Our over-reliance on the marketplace to date has left us with gaping divides between people with the access and skills they need to make effective use of today's most powerful communications tools and those who don't. We embark on implementing this plan so that each of us -- no matter our income, education, ethnicity or age -- have the opportunity to fully participate in our society.”

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Is It Time For Lifeline To Include Broadband?

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

Over the past five years, the Federal Communications Commission has taken action to reform each of its universal service distribution programs to refocus them on broadband. With the fifth anniversary of the release of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan approaching, we focus today on what could be the next major item on the FCC’s implementation agenda: reform and modernization of its Lifeline program. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. In 2015, however, the opportunity gap is about broadband service, not telephone service.

Sound Principles for Lifeline Reform

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

Since the FCC appears ready to press forward notwithstanding the need for fundamental review, it seems appropriate to outline certain principles for any Lifeline reform effort in order to garner my consideration.

Chairman Wheeler Responses to Members of Congress Regarding Implementation of Phase II of the Connect America Fund

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

On December 23, 2014, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to letters from Sen John Hoeven (R-ND), Rep Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Rep Todd Rokita (R-IN) regarding the implementation of Phase II of the Connect America Fund.

Only 25Mbps and up will qualify as broadband under new FCC definition

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to raise the definition of broadband from 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream to 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up.

How the FCC Plans to Stretch Budget to Support New Broadband Speed Target

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

When the Federal Communications Commission in December 2014 raised the broadband speed target for the Connect America Fund to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, some stakeholders questioned carriers’ ability to meet that target without an increase in the size of the fund, considering that the previous downstream speed target was a considerably lower 4 Mbps.

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The Sale of the Century? How the FCC Plans to Sell Off Part of the TV Band

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

In the Public Safety and Spectrum Act of 2012 (enacted as Title VI of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Public Law 112-96), Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission to recover and auction a significant portion of the spectrum currently used by television broadcasters. This will be -- by far -- the most complex auction process ever undertaken anywhere, for any commodity, and poses unprecedented legal, political, engineering and technological questions. The auction is currently scheduled to take place in early 2016. The FCC has now promulgated rules for implementing the sale, and broadcasters are beginning to consider whether they should choose to participate. In addition, the National Association of Broadcasters has appealed several key aspects of the FCC’s new rules in a case which is receiving expedited consideration by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Interest in the forthcoming auction (actually, as explained below, there will be two related auctions) has surged in the wake of the FCC’s “AWS 3” auction, which began in November, 2014. That auction is for much less desirable mid-band spectrum than the low-band TV spectrum that will be at issue in the new auction. Even so, by the end of the year, the AWS 3 auction blew past the FCC’s $10.6 billion minimum “reserve” price, and bidding topped $44 billion after 139 bidding rounds. Given these developments, now is a good time to explore the history of spectrum auctions and the stunningly complicated process the FCC intends to employ. Bear in mind that this discussion is necessarily oversimplified.

Spotlight on NTIA: Mike Dame, Program Director, State and Local Implementation Grant Program

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
1

In his current role, Mike Dame is leading a program that has provided grants to states to help them prepare for the launch of a nationwide broadband network for public safety, which is being developed by the First Responder Network Authority.

NTIA Grant Program Ensuring States are Planning for FirstNet

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

When Congress called for the creation of a nationwide broadband network for public safety in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, lawmakers knew it was important that states play a key role in ensuring that the network meets the needs of local first responders. To implement this goal, the law directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to establish the State and Local Implementation Grant Program to support states as they prepare for the launch of the network.

Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I Support Authorized for Eleven Winning Bids

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

On December 19, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission issued a public notice authorizing Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I support for eleven winning bids.