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House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Examines Legislation to Improve Nation’s Broadband Infrastructure

The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology examined  25 bills that seek to improve broadband infrastructure across the country.

Thirty-Fifth Quarterly Status Report to Congress Regarding BTOP

As of September 30, 2017, only two BTOP infrastructure projects remained in active status: Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS) and the Executive Office of the State of Mississippi (Mississippi).

FCC Takes Final Steps for Next Phase of Rural Broadband Expansion

The Federal Communications Commission took the final actions required to launch its innovative Connect America Fund Phase II auction, which will provide up to nearly $2 billion over the next decade to expand fixed, high-speed Internet service in u

When the city is your internet provider, the real cost may be hidden

[Commentary] In 2010, Highland (IL) leaders and residents decided they were not getting the broadband service they deserved, so they built their own fiber optic network. The city’s fiber optic company was just cited in a Harvard University study a

FCC's Broadband Advisory Committee’s One Touch Make Ready Recommendation Threatens Public Safety and Good Jobs

The Federal Communications Commission's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) adopted a recommendation that would mandate the use of contractors to move telephone company equipment to make room for new attachers' equipment.

Rep Pingree (D-ME) backs bill to ban states from blocking municipal high-speed internet projects

In 2017, a legislative panel unanimously rejected a bill drafted by a secretive group that would have made it nearly impossible for communities to build their own high-speed internet networks, even when cable and telephone companies declined to do

Broadband access an ongoing issue for Ohio counties

Since the connectivity summit held in Marietta (OH) last July, the plight of Appalachian broadband deserts has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington D.C.

Dividing the country won’t bridge the digital divide

[Commentary] [Democratic members of the House Commerce Committee's] infrastructure plan provides critical support for the next-generation communications networks. We are proposing to:

FCC Responds to Plan to Nationalize 5G

In responde to a National Security Council memo urging the Trump administration to consider extraordinary efforts to clear the way for 5G, FCC commissioner responded:

Is Comcast now working with conservative think tanks to astroturf muni broadband?

[Commentary] Last week, Forbes contributor Rosyln Layton was fed up with what she saw as a lack of journalistic stridency in reports by FierceCable, DSL Reports, as well as numerous tech media publications, on a study (PDF) published by Harvard’s