What's on the agenda for policymakers.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the fight for racial and social justice has the public asking why tens of millions of Americans, and particularly people of color, lack access to broadband Internet and what can be done to close this digital divide. The Benton Institute for Broadband and Society’s new report, Broadband for America Now, explores how we got here; and more importantly, what policies and practices are necessary to get every American connected.
In a letter the leadership of the Senate and the Senate Committee on Appropriations, senators urged full funding for the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act and the Broadband DATA Act. The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (“rip and replace”) created a program to help small, rural telecommunications operators remove equipment posing a security threat to domestic networks and replace it with equipment from trusted providers. Fully funding the Broadband DATA Act would ensure more accurate broadband maps and better stewardship over the millions of dollars the federal go
The Federal Communications Commission kicked off its latest 5G spectrum auction, making available 280 megahertz of prime mid-band spectrum in the 3.7-3.98 GHz band—a portion of the C-band. This is the FCC’s largest midband 5G spectrum auction to date. The first round of the clock phase of the auction will start Dec 8 at 10 a.m. ET. This auction will offer 5,684 new flexible-use overlay licenses based on Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) for spectrum in the 3.7–3.98 GHz band.
VIAVI Solutions invites you to attend a webinar hosted by Omdia and presented by VIAVI, Lumentum and Omdia: Addressing fiber network challenges to deliver 5G. The webinar will review new fronthaul network architectures and designs capable of supporting new wavelengths and bit rates. Also, attendees will learn about the latest advances in process automation for supporting time and cost-efficient cell site deployment, test, and commissioning.
The Transition of Internet Policy
A new Administration promises to usher in new Internet policies from government and from industry itself. We’ll dive into the most pressing policy issues. Congressional and federal leaders will engage with stakeholders on issues such as broadband, consumer privacy, content moderation, election security, artificial intelligence, and many more.
The C-band auction gets underway Dec 8, pitting 57 entities against one another for coveted mid-band wireless spectrum. All three major mobile carriers, as well as smaller carriers, cable companies, fixed wireless internet service providers (WISPs) and others have qualified to bid in the auction, also known as Auction 107 or the 3.7 GHz auction. The C-band includes 280 MHz of spectrum between 3.7 and 3.98 GHz. It’s viewed as mid-band spectrum well suited to 5G deployment because it is seen as offering the optimum mixture of range and speed.
Now that Democrats are taking over the executive branch, expect Congressional Republicans to shift gears on tech policy. Instead of trying to rewrite key internet legislation, the GOP will likely focus instead on stopping Democrats from doing anything at all. A prime example of this dynamic is the maneuvering around the Federal Communications Commission.
As the pandemic forces students out of school, broadband deployment programs aren't going to move fast enough to help families in immediate need of better internet access. But Democrats at the Federal Communications Commission say the incoming Biden administration could put a dent in that digital divide with one fast policy change.
A new chapter in our ongoing COVID-response drama began this week when a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers unveiled a $908 billion emergency relief plan. For many vulnerable people in the U.S., the lack of affordable broadband connections continues to hinder online learning and remote work. Will Congress finally pass economic relief and target support to reduce the digital divide?
The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, December 10, 2020: