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Seattle Wins National Awards for Digital Equity Efforts

Location:
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, 2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States

Seattle’s Information Technology Department has won two awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors for its efforts to foster digital inclusion within the city.

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Independence, Net Neutrality, and E-rate are Thorny Issues at FCC Confirmation Hearing

On July 19, 2017, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to examine the nominations of Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel, and Brendan Carr for seats on the Federal Communications Commission. Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) characterized the hearing as both an examination of the nominees and a FCC oversight hearing, “fulfilling a commitment I’ve made to hold regular, biannual oversight hearings of the Commission.” His opinions of the nominees: “In my view, the FCC will be in very good hands when all three of these nominees are confirmed.”

Rural Broadband Access: Summit Seeks To Connect Leaders

Location:
Marietta, OH, United States

The Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit was created by community organizer and Meigs County resident Liz Shaw and the Citizens Connectivity Council.

President Trump Forms Infrastructure Advisory Council

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump has signaled that broadband will definitely be part of his planned infrastructure investments. The president issued an executive order July 19 creating the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure that will include a representative from the communications and technology sector.

Why Does South Korea Have Faster Internet for a Cheaper Price Tag?

Location:
Republic of Korea, South Korea

How is it possible that the citizens of the last developed democracy have a faster and more affordable internet than Americans?

Remarks of Rachael Bender at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Caribbean Association of Network Telecommunications Organizations

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

[I]t is particularly important that the United States and Caribbean nations collaborate. Our countries share many common interests and significant cultural and economic ties.

Don’t Make Applying for E-rate Fiber Even Harder

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Applying for E-rate funding is not simple, especially for applicants seeking fiber-based services. Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of dark vs. lit fiber, self-provisioning, and special construction, and that’s just the beginning. The vast majority of schools and libraries have to hire consultants to guide them through the labyrinth of E-rate rules and procedures. So the last thing we should want is to make the E-rate application even more difficult.

Program for rural internet in schools, libraries in jeopardy

Location:
Common Sense Media, 650 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

The federal E-rate program plays a critical role in allowing Kansas kids to harness the power of technology in schools and libraries.

Closing the High-Speed Broadband Gap: Shared Spectrum as a Fiber Extension

Jul 25 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Please join OTI’s Wireless Future Project for this panel discussion about the opportunity to share 500 MHz of underutilized satellite spectrum for more affordable high-capacity broadband access in rural and underserved areas.

Including Broadband in Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Opportunities and Challenges

Jul 24 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW Saul/Zikha Room, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

On July 24, 2017, Brookings’ Center for Technology Innovation will host a forum focused on the inclusion of broadband in the president’s infrastructure plan.

To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

Microsoft will harness the unused channels between television broadcasts, known as white spaces, to help get more of rural America online.

As the Digital Divide Grows, An Untapped Solution Languishes

Location:
USA, United States

Too many students still scrounge for the vital internet access their classmates (and technology-enamored school reformers) take for granted. Dozens of interviews—along with reviews of tax disclosures, Federal Communications Commission filings, and court records related to the Educational Broadband Service (EBS)—show that this educational spectrum is, at least, woefully underutilized.

Imagining More From Broadband: High-Speed Access Delivers Impact, Not Just Data

Location:
USA, United States

Combine broadband with a 3-D printer, and you transform data into objects that can fix a tractor or help a child thrive. Rural communities are showing that high-speed access isn’t just a theoretical benefit – it has measurable results in the physical world.

Australian internet slow and plagued by disconnections, survey finds

Location:
Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Australia is plagued by internet disconnections, drop-outs and slow download speeds, a survey has found.

Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit

Jul 18 2017 - 8:30am - 8:00pm
Location:
Washington State Community College, 710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, OH, 45750, United States

The Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit is bringing together key players from across the country to brainstorm strategies for bringing broadband access to our rural communities.

Low Income Devices and Connectivity

Aug 10 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
MN, United States

Blandin Community Broadband Program webinars are designed to provide rural Minnesota leaders with information they can use to help transform their communities into tech savvy places to live, work and visit. Communities serious about attracting tourists, new businesses, entrepreneurs and young people must consider technology and Internet access as an essential amenity for community economic growth and vibrancy.

Leave No One Unconnected

Jul 11 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
MN, United States

Blandin Community Broadband Program webinars are designed to provide rural Minnesota leaders with information they can use to help transform their communities into tech savvy places to live, work and visit. Communities serious about attracting tourists, new businesses, entrepreneurs and young people must consider technology and Internet access as an essential amenity for community economic growth and vibrancy.

How Broadband Is Transforming Agriculture

Jul 19 2017 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

Broadband is enabling a revolution in agriculture practices, leading to “Smart Farms” that maximize resources by using information technology, mobile phones, apps and the Internet. Join the BroadbandUSA conversation on how broadband can help create next generation farms and farmers.

More than 1,000 income-subsidized housing units in San Francisco are getting free gigabit internet

Location:
Hunters Point East West, 786 Jerrold Ave , San Francisco, CA, 94124, United States

When residents at San Francisco’s Hunters Point East and West low-income, federally-subsidized housing complex went online, many had access to free gigabit speed internet for the first time.

FCC 'Lifeline' Program Opponents Wage War on the Poor

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

In its analysis of data from 2012 through 2014, the Government Accountability Office was unable to confirm the eligibility of 30 percent of Lifeline users it examined. Opponents hail this finding as proof of widespread fraud.

FBA Files Comments on Accelerating Broadband Deployment

Location:
Fiber Broadband Association, United States

The Fiber Broadband Association commended the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts towards removing regulatory roadblocks to nationwide broadband deployment.

Community Broadband Workshop (Des Moines)

Aug 21 2017 - 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location:
Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50309, United States

A Technical Assistance Workshop to share information and help communities build their broadband capacity and utilization.

New report swings and misses on communities and next generation broadband

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

‘let them eat DSL’—does not deserve serious attention from cities.

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Benton Supports Lifeline Program

Although there has been great progress extending broadband’s reach to more and more Americans, there remain too many households and communities that are not enjoying the benefits of broadband.

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Lifeline Advocates Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Stand by his First Statements as Chairman and Safeguard the only Federal Program Targeting the Digital Divide

Location:
USA, United States

The Lifeline program gives affordable access to broadband and telephone services in rural and urban areas alike. It provides a lifeline for working families to employment opportunities, elderly people to health care, veterans to critical services, children to education and everyone to 911.

FCC Chairman Pai Announces Appointment of New BDAC Member

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai appointed Andy Huckaba to serve on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Huckaba will serve on the BDAC as a representative of the City of Lenexa, Kansas, where he is a member of the City Council. Huckaba also serves as Vice-Chair of the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee.

Chairman Pai's Response to Members of Congress Regarding Affordable Broadband in High-Cost Rural Areas

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

On June 16, 2017, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded to various members of Congress responding to questions surrounding affordable broadband in high-cost rural areas.

Deloitte Calls for $150 Billion Fiber Infrastructure Investment for U.S. to Reach Full Digital Potential

Location:
Deloitte, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019, United States

A $130 billion to $150 billion fiber infrastructure investment is required in the US to unleash innovation, close the digital divide, and fully prepare the country for 5G, according to a report from management consulting firm Deloitte.

California’s digital divide closing but new ‘under-connected’ class emerges

Location:
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States

California faces a growing class of “under-connected” households that rely only on smartphones for online access, a trend that may worsen the state’s economic inequality, according to a report released by UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.

Remarks of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At Broadband For All Seminar, Stockholm, Sweden

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

The United States is ahead of the global curve when it comes to delivering “broadband for all.” But we too face challenges.

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