Communication at a distance, especially the electronic transmission of signals via the telephone

FCC Proposes Capping Fund Used to Close the Digital Divide

On Friday, May 31, the Federal Communications Commission launched a proceeding to seek comment on establishing an overall cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF).

Why is the FCC Talking about a USF Cap?

The Benton Foundation unequivocally opposes any proposals from the Federal Communications Commission that would allow the FCC to shirk its responsibilities to meet its Congressionally-mandated mission. The FCC is supposed to ensure:

Five Steps to Advance Rural Broadband

On March 12, 2019, I was honored to appear before the Senate Communications Subcommittee to testify on “The Impact of Broadband Investments in Rural America.” I provided my personal views, bringing the perspective of a former government official w

Millions Could Lose Service if FCC 'Reforms' Lifeline Program

[Editorial] The Benton Foundation has joined literally hundreds of organizations that are asking the Federal Communications Commission to ensure Lifeline voice and broadband service for low-income households, with minimal disruption to the people

FCC Moves to Transform Lifeline Program for Low-Income Americans

The Federal Communications Commission took steps to transform its Lifeline program. A Fourth Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Memorandum Opinion and Order changes FCC rules to:

The FCC is having a terrible month, and consumers will pay the price

[Commentary] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is setting a record pace for deregulating the communications industries. Believe it or not, things are about to get worse in Nov.


Federal Communications Commission

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 09:00 to Fri, 01/31/2020 - 17:00

The Federal Communication Commission's Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division is going on a Rural Tour through Arizona and New Mexico, Jan. 27-31, the sixth in a series of trips designed to build partnerships with local consumer groups and to hear directly from local consumers and community members about their telecommunications concerns.


Federal Communications Commission

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:00 to 15:00

The Committee is expected to consider a recommendation presented by one of its working groups.  The CAC Robocall Report Working Group will present a recommendation on the gathering of data and/or sources of data relating to the availability and effectiveness of call blocking tools, as described in paragraphs 88 to 90 of the Commission’s Declaratory Ruling and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls; Call Authentication Trust Anchor

Frontier Tells Creditors It Seeks a March Bankruptcy

Frontier Communications, the provider of telecom services in 29 states, is asking creditors to help craft a turnaround deal that includes filing for bankruptcy by the middle of March. Company executives including Bernie Han, Frontier’s new chief e