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Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Releases Final #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

Our office is pleased to release a final version of the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan. We believe these recommendations, if acted upon in a timely manner, can deliver robust, affordable, and reliable connectivity within the next four years.

Tens of Thousands Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Get Serious About the Digital Divide, Stop Restricting Lifeline Services

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 23, a coalition of digital rights advocates, racial justice groups and grassroots activists called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to make a more genuine effort to provide affordable internet access for low-income communities.

AT&T Expands Fiber to 17 More Metros

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

AT&T Fiber, the new brand for an fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) effort previously called AT&T GigaPower, said it has expanded its footprint to parts of 17 more metros.

Five flawed assumptions of broadband infrastructure policy

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

Kudos to the House Commerce Committee’s for its recent hearing on Broadband: Deploying America’s 21st Century Infrastructure. The session demonstrated different views on how and to what degree the government should be involved in broadband deployment, but it also exposed policymakers’ assumptions on broadband and showed what information is missing from the discussion.

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What More Do We Know About Ajit Pai’s Agenda?

Location:
Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai delivered his first major policy speech as Chairman on March 15th, in remarks titled, “Bringing the Benefits of the Digital Age to All Americans.” At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pai discussed his guiding principles for his regulatory approach as FCC Chairman, and concluded with practical policies he will be championing to expand broadband access nationwide.

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What More Do We Know About Ajit Pai’s Agenda?

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai delivered his first major policy speech as Chairman on March 15th, in remarks titled, “Bringing the Benefits of the Digital Age to All Americans.” At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pai discussed his guiding principles for his regulatory approach as FCC Chairman, and concluded with practical policies he will be championing to expand broadband access nationwide.

2017 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award

Recommendation:
2

The second Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award will be presented in May at Net Inclusion 2017 in St. Paul (MN) by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. This is a call for nominations for candidates for the award. The deadline for nominations for this year’s award is midnight (Eastern Daylight Time) Friday, April 14, 2017.

Could New York’s Plan to Erase Its Digital Divide Work for America?

Location:
NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

New York is moving aggressively under Gov Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) “Broadband for All” initiative to connect all its residents by 2018.

Google Fiber Community Impact Report

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
2

Through a variety of efforts, including programs focused on science, math, engineering and digital literacy, we’ve experienced amazing progress toward digital equity.

“Dig once” bill could bring fiber Internet to much of the US

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

Years in the making, a proposal to mandate the installation of fiber conduits during federally funded highway projects might be gaining some new momentum. If the US adopts a "dig once" policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade existing ones.

AT&T broadband deployment skipped low-income Dayton (OH) neighborhoods

Location:
National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Earlier in Feb the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Connect Your Community, a Cleveland (OH) based organization, published a report indicating that AT&T had “systematically discriminated against lower income Cleveland neighborhoods in its deployment of home internet and video technologies over the last decade.” The analysis shows that AT&T has failed to upgrade its network in low income neighborhoods, including most of the City of Dayton, while deploying a high-speed fiber based network in wealthier suburban areas.

Lawmakers call for renewed national broadband map as Trump funds NTIA

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

Reps from both sides of the aisle renewed calls to update the National Broadband Map, which was initially created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission but has languished since 2014 due to lack of funding.

Is This Data’s One-Rate Moment?

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Holy Grail in cellular wireless broadband is a perfect substitute for fixed, wireline broadband.

Digital divide persists even as lower-income Americans make gains in tech adoption

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

This is the first in a series of posts about how different demographic groups in the US have fared in the digital age.

Muni broadband customers could lose service unless a new bill becomes law

Location:
Pinetops, NC, United States
Recommendation:
2

In 2016, North Carolina won a court case against the Federal Communications Commission, a victory that allowed it to restore a state law that restricts the growth of municipal broadband networks. This created an immediate problem for new customers of one municipal-run broadband provider.

Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

Location:
Moncks Corner, SC, United States
Recommendation:
2

As more class assignments and homework migrate online, long bus rides have generally counted as lost time in preparing for the next school day. But Google said it hopes to help expand the use of Wi-Fi on school buses in rural areas around the country.

On the Road in the Industrial Midwest

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

Inspired a bit by Kerouac, I hit the road last week. I visited Pittsburgh (PA), Youngstown (OH), Cleveland (OH), and Detroit (MI). Some might not think of these as glamorous travel destinations — but that's precisely why I went.

West Virginia Broadband Bill Aims to Spark Competition, Encouraging Community Broadband and Co-Ops

Location:
West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston, WV, 25317, United States
Recommendation:
3

A West Virginia Broadband Bill introduced in the state house of representatives aims to spur broadband competition and deployment by allowing local communities to form cooperatives to build broadband networks.

Report's author pleased to see Massachusetts Broadband Institute money freed up

Location:
Massachusetts Broadband Institute, 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA, 01581, United States
Recommendation:
3

In January, a tech consultant from the broadband dead zone donned his pamphleteer's cap. In nine fiercely argued pages, Stephen E. Harris went hard after a multi-million dollar question: Why was the Massachusetts Broadband Institute holding back money for design and engineering services — originally $18 million for all unserved towns, or 45 percent of MBI's bond funding — from towns that want to build their own networks?

Telecom Policy Tilts To Industry Under Chairman Pai

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

Trumpism is slowly taking hold on your phone and computer, as the Federal Communications Commission starts chipping away at hard-fought protections on privacy and competition.

Pai’s FCC is rebooting broadband facilities competition and 5G investment

Location:
Precursor, 7925 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22102, United States
Recommendation:
3

Let the competition to build 5G broadband facilities begin!

In New York, Bringing Broadband to Everyone by 2018

Location:
New York City Hall, City Hall Park, New York, NY, 10007, United States

The dairy farmer in Halcott (NY), a town about 140 miles north of New York City, was one of the first beneficiaries of an ambitious initiative to extend broadband to every household in the state by 2018 — no matter how rural or far-flung the address — which would make New York the first state to reach that high-speed internet milestone.

After years waiting for Google Fiber, KC residents get cancellation e-mails

Location:
Kansas City Mayor's Office, 414 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO, 64106, United States
Recommendation:
3

Some Kansas City residents who have been waiting years for Google Fiber to install service at their homes recently received e-mails canceling their installations, with no word on whether they'll ever get Internet service from the company.

Senators Markey and Sullivan Call on FCC to Protect E-Rate Funding

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

Sens Ed Markey (D-MA) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission calling on Chairman Ajit Pai to support the E-Rate program.

House Commerce Democrats Offer Quintet of Tech/Broadband Bills

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

House Commerce Committee Democrats have introduced a quintet of tech-related, particularly broadband-related, bills that would, among other things, help displaced workers get broadband for re-training, address the "homework gap," better target broadband subsidies, and boost tribal access.

House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Hearing: Disrupter Series: Smart Communities

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

The House Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, chaired by Rep Bob Latta (R-OH), held a hearing to examine the ways that communities across the country are tapping into new technology and collaborating with private sector companies to deliver new initiatives that will improve safety, increase efficiency and create opportunity.

Chairman Pai Statement On Broadband Health And The Connect2Health Task Force

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement on his visit to the Cleveland Clinic and the continued work of the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force.

Statement of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on the Continuation of the Connect2Health Task Force

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

Over the past three years, the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force has been on the cutting edge of examining the intersection of broadband, advanced technology and health.

Rural Arizona schools, libraries to see new broadband internet access

Location:
Arizona Corporation Commission, 1200 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Hundreds of rural K-12 school districts, charter schools and libraries across Arizona could receive new or expanded internet access thanks to a new initiative and federal funding.

SF may permit micro-trenching for fiber optic internet providers

Location:
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, 1155 Market St #11, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

San Francisco’s (CA) access to high-speed fiber optic internet service may increase under a proposal to — for the first time — begin permitting the installation of fiber wiring using more cost-effective micro-trenching.

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