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Schools Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 13:00

The Hill has been abuzz about broadband infrastructure over the past few weeks. Congress is considering several bills that specifically address the need for high-quality broadband - but not all proposals acknowledge the connectivity needs of anchor institutions. "Scoring Congressional Broadband Proposals" will examine the broadband bills most likely to become law and discuss those with the most potential to attain the National Broadband Plan's goal of gigabit connectivity for all community anchor institutions.

Big Things Happening in Clarksville, Arkansas: Gigabit FTTH on the Way

Clarksville (AR) began their journey toward better local connectivity like many other communities we’ve interview and written about: by first focusing on fiber as a tool to enhance electric utility efficiencies.

Rural Electric Cooperatives: Pole Attachment Policies and Issues

Pole attachment rental rates are a fraction of the overall cost to build broadband systems in rural areas.

Chairman Pai's Response to Members of Congress Regarding Broadband Mapping

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai sent a letter to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) on May 28, 2019, in response to her letter regarding broadband mapping.

FCC Announces Availability of Unused Funds to Increase Rural Health Care Program Funding for FY 2019

In June 2018, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to address increasing demand in the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. Specifically, the FCC: (1) increased the annual RHC Program funding cap; (2) provided for the annual RHC Program

3 million US students don’t have home internet

In what has become known as the homework gap, an estimated 17 percent of US students do not have access to computers at home and 18 percent do not have home access to broadband internet (nearly 3 million students), according to an Associated Press


NCTA - The Internet & Television Association

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:30 to 13:00

Department of Education asks FCC to Maintain Educational Requirements for EBS Spectrum

The Department of Education urged the Federal Communications Commission to maintain and modernize the current educational priority of the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum by keeping the current eligibility requirments for EBS licenses,

Chairman Pai Statement On USTelecom’s Release of Broadband Investment Figures for 2018

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement regarding USTelecom’s release of broadband investment figures for 2018:

Preliminary Data Show Continued Upward Momentum for Broadband Investment

US broadband provider capital investment increased by approximately $3 billion in 2018, continuing the positive momentum shift that began in 2017 when the Federal Communications Commission initially signaled its intention to restore a forward-look