Universal Broadband

A Public Option for the Internet

Abdul El-Sayed, who is running for governor of Michigan, just laid out an ambitious program that could serve as a model for states across the country. “MI-Fi” is a a public-public partnership in which the state would provide cities and municipalit

Rep Velázquez Urges FCC to Preserve Lifeline Program

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) led 47 Members of Congress in writing to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai urging the commission to preserve the Lifeline program.

Freedom Fiber Looks to Human Side of Broadband, USDA Helps Fund Electric Co-op Broadband Project

The Department of Agriculture awarded Tombigbee Communications a $2.98 million grant for a rural utility broadband deployment in Alabama. Steve Foshee — president and CEO of Tombigbee Communications and its parent company Tombigbee Electric Cooper

Keeping Lifeline for the Living

The Federal Communications Commission is already taking steps to nix the dead enrollees in the agency’s low-income subsidy program known as Lifeline following a revelation from Sen Claire McCaskill (D-MO) that 47,942 deceased individuals were sign

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National Telecommunications and Information Administration 

Department of Commerce

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:00

Digital technologies impact all sectors of the economy including agriculture, small town main streets, and regional economic development. Yet 31% of rural Americans still lack access to fixed terrestrial broadband speeds of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. Increased interest in broadband is creating new opportunities leading service providers and civic leaders to find new models to expand rural broadband. We will explore three successful case studies and highlight best practices for successful rural broadband deployments.


Foundation Explores Telecom Utility Broadband Partnership Economics

Post Road Foundation, an organization funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, will fund studies in five rural communities to explore the economics of the telecom utility partnership.

There is a major digital divide on the Texas-Mexico border, one of least connected parts of the country

The Texas-Mexico border is one of the least connected in the US. A map from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas shows border counties bathed in bright red, meaning less than around 60 percent have home internet access.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai tours Gadsden County broadband access site

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai stopped in Quincy, Florida, as part of a campaign to promote high-speed internet and close the digital divide in rural areas. “I want to illustrate the power of the internet to transform communit

Chairman Pai Statement on Projected USF Cuts for Small, Rural Carriers

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement after the Universal Service Administrative Company’s announcement that the budget control mechanism adopted in 2016 will cut universal service support for small, ru

After Harsh Criticism, Facebook Quietly Pulls Services From Developing Countries

A sizeable portion of the nearly 100 million users who have come online through Internet.org live in Myanmar, where Facebook partnered with local telecommunication company Myanma Posts and Telecommunications for the program in mid-2016.