Universal Service

How Governments Can Keep Disaster Survivors Connected

There's no better time for state and local governments to get serious about developing proactive approaches to keeping residents connected in the days, months and years following a natural disaster. Among the programs that should be advertised to

Here’s how NextLink—the biggest CAF II auction winner—is spending its $281 million

NextLink, the internet service provider owned by AMG Technology Investment Group LLC, was the biggest winner in the recent Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) auction.

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Federal Communications Commission

Date: 
Thu, 11/01/2018 - 14:00

A conference call open to all Tribal governments, members and organizations to provide an overview of and answer questions about a Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on creating an experimental “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support the delivery of telehealth services to low-income Americans through universal service fund support. 



Overcoming Lifeline’s paternalism to empower low-income consumers

Over the past several years the Federal Communications Commission has brought sweeping changes to Lifeline, the telecommunications aid program for low-income households.

Republicans Seek FCC Briefing on USTelecom Petition

House Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Telecommunications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) want more information from the Federal Communications Commission on a 

Affordable Communication Is Under Attack

The support structures that assist low-income families cannot work unless those in need have functional means of communication.

Why rural areas can't catch a break on speedy broadband

In spite of the billions of dollars in private investment and government subsidies over multiple decades, the numbers still paint a disturbing picture.

Rural Americans Struggle with Poor Broadband Access

Even in the country that invented the internet, access has remained painfully slow for many rural residents in places like the central state of Arkansas, far from the big cities of the East and West coasts. That may be about to change.

Kansas Delegation Calls on FCC to Restore USF High Cost Program’s Budget

The Kansas congressional delegation called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to restore sufficiency and predictability to the Universal Service Fund (USF) High Cost program’s budget.

Sen Sullivan Still Blocking FCC Nominations

Despite Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s attempt to resolve Sen. Dan Sullivan’s (R-AK) concerns over the subsidy funding flowing to his sta