Universal Broadband

Estimating willingness-to-pay for broadband attributes among low-income consumers: Results from two FCC Lifeline pilot projects

Location:
Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX, 79409, United States
Recommendation:
2

Recent studies have confirmed that broadband adoption (as opposed to simply having access to broadband infrastructure) is positively linked with economic growth. In light of this, federal policy efforts have switched from focusing mainly on the provision of infrastructure to more explicit adoption-oriented efforts. One of those efforts was the Federal Communications Commission's Low-income Broadband Lifeline Pilot Projects, which ran from 2013 to 2014.

O'Rielly Remarks at Broadband Deployment Advisory Cmte. Meeting

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

I hope this committee will take a holistic approach when reviewing possible technology solutions. The Commission has tried to maintain a principle near and dear to me of technology neutrality.

FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

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

All three commissioners were in attendance April 21 as the Federal Communications Commission hosted the first meeting of the newly constituted Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, created by FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Kickoff

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

Whether you are discussing how to address the thorny issues of access to poles, ducts, or conduit, I ask that you think about the impact your decisions will have on consumers. And when you are debating franchising model codes, I ask you to think about the impact the contours of that code will have on consumers in the franchise area. In particular, I ask that you keep the following three points in mind.

Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment

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

High-speed broadband is an increasingly important gateway to jobs, health care, education, information, and economic development. Access to high-speed broadband can create economic opportunity, enabling entrepreneurs to create businesses, immediately reach customers throughout the world, and revolutionize entire industries.

Chairman Pai Opens First Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Meeting

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

As members of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, your mission is to give the Federal Communications Commission recommendations on ways to spur broadband deployment and reduce barriers to investment.

Public utility regulation of broadband: Lessons from the electricity industry

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

he takeaway is that the public utility model sometimes works well to discipline natural monopolies in stodgy, unchanging fields such as water, where regulation is needed to displace dysfunctional market forces. In dynamic, competitive industries such as telecommunications, public utility regulation is not only misplaced but also affirmatively harmful to consumers.

FCC Seeks Comment on Removing Regulatory Barriers to Broadband

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

As part of its effort to expand the availability and affordability of next-generation networks, the Federal Communications Commission began seeking public comment on a series of steps to remove regulatory barriers to wireline broadband infrastructure deployment.

FCC Takes Further Steps to Expand Rural Broadband Deployment

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

Continuing its work to expand broadband access in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission amended its rules to help bring high-speed Internet to locations that are very costly to serve.

FCC Takes Steps To Promote Wireless Broadband Deployment

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

The Federal Communications Commission opened a proceeding to identify and address unnecessary regulatory barriers to wireless infrastructure deployment.

The broadband split in Northern Virginia

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

By some accounts, about 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County, Virginia daily. But if you happen to live in more rural western Loudoun, good luck getting decent Internet service.

Rebuilding America: A New Infrastructure Agenda

Apr 24 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location:
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

The prospects for a major national infrastructure push from the new administration and Congress

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Multnomah County Library

Facebook built a helicopter-drone to provide wireless internet to disaster areas

Location:
Facebook, 1601 S California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook announced what it’s calling “Tether-tenna technology,” essentially a small, unmanned helicopter that will provide Wi-Fi access to crisis zones when existing Wi-Fi towers are down or damaged.

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.

Want Real Choice in Broadband? Make These Three Things Happen

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

For more broadband choice, encourage your elected officials to make these three things happen:

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.

Rural Broadband Deployment: Improved Consistency with Leading Practices Could Enhance Management of Loan and Grant Programs

Location:
Government Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States
Recommendation:
3

This report examines the extent to which Rural Utilities Service's (RUS) procedures and activities are consistent with leading practices and how, if at all, its management practices could be improved.

State Laws Allowed AT&T to Exclude Cleveland's Poorest Neighborhoods From High-Speed Internet Service

Location:
Cleveland, OH, United States
Recommendation:
3

Internet download speeds are glacial once you get into neighborhoods like Glenville in Cleveland (OH), where AT&T willfully avoided rolling out its U-Verse service a few years back.

Consumer Technology Association: Rhode Island, Delaware have fastest internet in country

Location:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA), 1919 S Eads Street, Arlington, VA, 22202, United States
Recommendation:
3

Rhode Island and Delaware have the fastest internet speeds in the country, according to a new analysis from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

The Federal Communications Commission’s plan of using open innovation to close the digital divide

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Shortly after being designated as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai announced his moon shot: closing the digital divide. In a refreshing and pragmatic break from central planning of the broadband economy, the FCC launched the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), a diverse group of experts tasked with making recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access by reducing and removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment.

Sens Fischer, Klobuchar press the FCC on rural broadband affordability

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

Sens Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) praised the Federal Communication Commission’s efforts to expand broadband access to rural America but expressed concern about high internet costs that these communities are facing.

Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act Heads to Governor

Location:
Tennessee State Capitol, 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN, 37243, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act (HB 529/SB 1215) provides $45 million over three years in grants and tax credits for service providers to assist in making broadband available to unserved homes and businesses. In addition, the plan will permit Tennessee’s private, nonprofit electric cooperatives to provide retail broadband service and make grant funding available to the state’s local libraries to help residents improve their digital literacy skills and maximize the benefits of broadband.

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.

Americans have mixed views on policies encouraging broadband adoption

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

As the Federal Communications Commission continues to address broadband infrastructure and access, Americans have mixed views on two policies designed to encourage broadband adoption. A substantial majority of the public (70%) believes local governments should be able to build their own broadband networks if existing services in the area are either too expensive or not good enough, according to the survey, conducted March 13-27.

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.

Pew: Americans have mixed views on policies encouraging broadband adoption

California lawmakers want to mandate internet for kids in juvenile detention

Location:
California State Legislature, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA, 95814, United States
Recommendation:
3

Internet access brings all sorts of benefits: Education, jobs, and connection to friends and family. But youth in the criminal justice and foster care systems often don't have access to it. That's why some lawmakers in California want to make it their right.

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The FCC Should Preserve Broadband Access for All Schools

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler discusses the E-rate program, and poses four questions for the current FCC to consider as it works to preserve broadband access for all schools. This article originally appeared on the blog of the Aspen Institute, where Wheeler serves as a senior fellow in the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program.

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