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New York says Charter lied about new broadband, threatens to revoke its franchise

The New York Public Service Commission has threatened to terminate Charter Communications' franchise agreements with New York City, saying the cable company failed to meet broadband construction requirements and may not have paid all of its required franchise fees.

Applications Now Being Accepted for $2 Billion Rural Broadband Auction

The Federal Communications Commission is now accepting applications from broadband providers of all kinds to participate in Summer 2018's Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction.  Providers must submit their applications by March 30, when the application window closes. The auction will make available up to $1.98 billion in support over the next decade to help build out high-speed Internet access to up to 1 million homes and small businesses in rural areas across the country that lack service.

A wide gulf between federal agencies on broadband competition

[Commentary] With the Department of Justice (DOJ) litigation to stop the AT&T-Time Warner merger set to go to trial on March 19, it is revealing to compare different views about network power from the agency’s perch on the north side of the National Mall with those of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the other side.

Sponsor: 

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Date: 
Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:00 to 15:00

A practical conversation on broadband public-private partnerships and how to create successful partnerships for different types of projects and communities. Learn about the successes, challenges, and risks as well as specific details on implementation and management steps. Our speakers will high- light their experiences with public- private partnerships in deploying broadband networks, implementing smart cities, powering the Internet of Things, and creating digital inclusion projects.

 

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National Broadband Plan is vital to future net vitality

[Commentary] Eight years ago today, the US National Broadband Plan was released, as mandated by a law that received bipartisan support in Congress. That plan is rooted in a critical understanding of ongoing, dynamic forces that continue to shape what is commonly known as the broadband internet ecosystem. Its three pillars — broadband applications/content, devices, and networks — are essential parts that need to work seamlessly together so that all of us can experience the full benefits of the Internet in every aspect of our daily lives.

Will the US Invest in Next Generation Broadband?

[Commentary] The Senate Commerce Committee held three hearings this week on infrastructure.

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Senate Broadband Caucus

Date: 
Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:00 to 10:30

A panel of experts will discuss how closing the digital divide can help advance education priorities

Opening Remarks from Senate Broadband Caucus Co-Chairs and Special Guest Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission

Moderator
Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA)

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RUS Community Connect Grant Program

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), herein referred to as RUS or the Agency, announces its Community Connect Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

Trump administration cites augmented reality, satellite broadband as ‘transformative’ infrastructure projects

The Trump administration wants to spend $20 billion on a range of risky but potentially “transformative” infrastructure projects, such as satellite networks to provide rural broadband, new launchpads for private rockets, and “augmented reality” technologies to visualize and manage urban traffic congestion. The administration “is already prepared with ideas” for “surgically-targeted” projects, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told senators as part of a broad, multiagency push for momentum on a 10-year, $200 billion infrastructure proposal facing head winds on Capitol Hill.

New York City Council Suggests FCC Reconsider Changes to Lifeline Program

The Council of the City of New York sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on March 13, 2018, to urge the FCC to reverse course on recent and proposed actions regarding the Lifeline program.