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FreedomPop targets Lifeline providers with digital platform

Location:
FreedomPop, Tarzana, CA, 91356, United States
Recommendation:
2

FreedomPop is hoping to cash in on the Federal Communications Commission’s overhaul of the Lifeline program.

Education Groups Urge Leaders to Advance Digital Equity

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

CoSN and the Alliance for Excellent Education issued two complementary resources for school leaders to advance digital equity and increase broadband connectivity to students nationwide. Advancing Digital Equity and Closing the Homework Gap details the current state of broadband access, its adoption, and its barriers in US communities. The second brief, Advancing Digital Equity: An Update on the FCC’s Lifeline Program, recaps efforts to modernize the Lifeline Program, explains how these changes are at risk, and puts forth ways school leaders can stand up for the program and its positive impact on learning.

Frontier CAF Investments Support Broadband Expansion in Four States

Location:
WV, United States

Approximately 140,000+ rural homes across four states -- West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee -- have improved broadband access, due in part to Frontier and the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF) investments.

FCC Halts Rural Phone Rate Hike

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

The Federal Communications Commission stopped a federally mandated rate increase for certain rural phone customers, pending review of an FCC policy known as the “rate floor.”

Lifeline Coalition Connects with Pai’s Staff on Broadband, Net Neutrality

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

The Lifeline Connects Coalition met with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s Wireline Legal Advisor, Dr Jay Schwarz, on May 11, 2017, to discuss the draft Open Internet NPRM and the Commission’s commitment to support broadband services through the Lifeline program. It also discussed the upcoming increase in the Lifeline minimum service standards and current barriers to entry and industry consolidation in the Lifeline program.

Infrastructure Deployment Webinars For Small Businesses

May 31 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will hold a webinar on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

Infrastructure Deployment Webinars For State And Local Governments

May 24 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will hold a webinar on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

Infrastructure Deployment Conference Call Consultation For Tribal Nations

May 25 2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) will hold a Tribal conference call Consultation on a recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.

Sprint, i-wireless kill joint venture agreement, will continue separately with Lifeline

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sprint terminated its plan to merge its Assurance Wireless brand with i-wireless’ Access Wireless business.

Beyond Net Neutrality: The Importance of Title II for Broadband

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Open internet principles were not the only value in classifying broadband under Title II. Like our telephone networks used to be, access to broadband has become necessary for full participation in society. Therefore, Title II classification is critical in protecting our fundamental values of universal service and consumer protection when accessing broadband networks.

AT&T will drop Lifeline program in Kansas, Missouri

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T is all but pulling out of programs that subsidize phone service for low-income customers in Kansas and Missouri. The telecommunication company notified regulators that it will pull out of the Kansas Lifeline Service Program in most parts of the state.

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Looking Ahead to the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

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

Under the new Trump Administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved quickly to take concrete steps to advance parts of Chairman Pai’s digital empowerment agenda to advance broadband across America. In February, the FCC voted to adopt rules for the upcoming Mobility Fund Phase II auction and the Connect America Fund Phase II auction. More recently, the Chairman established a Task Force to oversee the two auctions, signaling that these auctions are a priority for the agency. That’s progress – but the real question is – what needs to happen next to have successful auctions for these universal service subsidies? The Connect America Phase II auction will focus on two discrete areas of the country – 1) areas where the incumbent telephone company declined an earlier offer of universal service subsidies, and 2) areas that are deemed extremely costly to serve, based on a FCC-developed cost model. The nearly $200 million in annual funding over a ten-year term – almost $2 billion overall – is far below the amount calculated by the model to serve these areas using fiber technology, but support levels could be significantly lower to the extent winning bidders can leverage existing assets or deploy alternative technologies.

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Looking Ahead to the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

Under the new Trump Administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved quickly to take concrete steps to advance parts of Chairman Pai’s digital empowerment agenda to advance broadband across America. In February, the FCC voted to adopt rules for the upcoming Mobility Fund Phase II auction and the Connect America Fund Phase II auction. More recently, the Chairman established a Task Force to oversee the two auctions, signaling that these auctions are a priority for the agency. That’s progress – but the real question is – what needs to happen next to have successful auctions for these universal service subsidies?

SHLB Expresses Concern With USAC Request for Information on Special Construction Costs for Fiber Installation

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

The Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition filed a letter on April 27, 2017 to express concern with the recent set of inquiries sent by Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to over 100 E-rate applicants seeking support for special construction costs for fiber installation.

Everything Ajit Pai Has F---ed Up in the Last Three Months

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

In just three months, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai managed to mess up a lot of stuff. Here’s what he’s been busy doing:

E-Rate Gets Rural Schools Online. Will It Survive President Trump's FCC?

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

Earlier in 2017, AZ officials announced a plan they say could harness more than $100 million in federal funds to bring broadband internet connections to schools and libraries across the state.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For May 2017 Open Meeting

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the May Open Commission Meeting scheduled for ...

AT&T's rollout of broadband serves the rich, shunts mid- and low-income families to the slow lane

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The argument that the private sector can do things better, faster and cheaper than government never seems to go out of style. But a new report on AT&T’s strategy for rolling out high-speed Internet service in California underscores what may be the biggest flaw in that argument: When critical infrastructure construction is left entirely to private companies, much of the public gets shortchanged.

To Jumpstart Broadband Buildout, Let Consumers Decide Who Gets FCC Subsidies

Location:
Conexon, Fayetteville, AR, 72703, United States
Recommendation:
3

Universal Service funding that is supposed to spur broadband development in rural America is padding the bottom line for incumbents who provide lousy service. To change the system overnight at no extra cost, let the subsidy follow consumer choice instead.

FreedomPop Lifeline Database Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

Location:
FreedomPop, Tarzana, CA, 91356, United States
Recommendation:
3

Just a few months after having its credentials for participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s low-income Lifeline program revoked, FreedomPop has found a new Lifeline-related revenue stream: The company is licensing a database system originally developed for its own use to service providers approved to offer Lifeline service.

DC Circuit Court Remands Lifeline Reform Order to Federal Communications Commission

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The DC Circuit Court granted the FCC’s motion to remand the Lifeline Reform Order back to the Federal Communications Commission.

FCC Revises Direction to USAC on E-rate Fund Administration

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

The Federal Communications Commission sent a letter to Universal Service Administrative Company on April 17, 2017 to revise directions regarding how USAC should administer E-rate program funds and, in particular, how USAC should account for the different categories of potential funding disbursements.

FairPoint brings broadband to 25 rural Vermont towns via FCC’s CAF-II program

Location:
FairPoint Communications, 521 E Morehead St #250, Charlotte, NC, 28202, United States
Recommendation:
3

FairPoint has completed broadband expansion projects in 25 Vermont towns, thanks in part to funding from the FCC’s CAF-II rural broadband expansion program.

FCC Chairman Pai Letter to Chris Henderson, Universal Service Administrative Company, Re: USAC's Performance as Schools and Libraries Program Administrator

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

Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that there are serious flaws in Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) administration of the E-Rate program—flaws that relate to the process by which schools and libraries apply for E-Rate funding and that are in fact preventing many schools and libraries from getting that funding.

Significant Decline in Form 470 Applicants for E-Rate

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

To meet the E-rate competitive bidding requirements and submit a timely FY2017 funding application, applicants were required to submit their E-rate Form 470 by April 13, 2017. The Form 470 notifies potential vendors that schools and libraries are in the market to purchase goods and service with E-rate discounts. For the third year in a row, the number of applicants posting Form 470s has declined.

Five Obama-era tech policies on the chopping block

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is just getting started. Here are five regulations or policies he's working to roll back.

Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States
Recommendation:
2

Technology providers are spying on students—and school districts, which often provide inadequate privacy policies or no privacy policy at all, are unwittingly helping them do it.

2017 IT Leadership Survey

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The shift to mobile learning, student data privacy and budget constraints are top of mind for school district technology leaders. These are among the key findings CoSN revealed today from its 2017 IT Leadership Survey.

Rural Health Care Program: Solutions to Connect Our Rural Communities

Apr 20 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

This webinar is free and open to the public.

A Policymaker’s Guide to Rural Broadband Infrastructure

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

With discussion of a potential infrastructure package at some point in the Trump Administration that many rightfully hope will include rural broadband, it is worth examining previous attempts to spur rural broadband service, revisiting the basic policies used to encourage broadband deployment in those geographies where the economics do not support competitive delivery, and distilling guidance for any new attempts at the same.

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