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FCC Chairman Pai Eyes Rural Broadband Fix

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told a group of House members he acknowledges shortfalls with the subsidy arrangements for rural telecom carriers.

Billion Dollar-Plus FCC CAF II Auction Begins

The Federal Communications Commission July 24 began auctioning billions in broadband buildout subsidies to cable operators and other competitors to the incumbent telecommunication companies.

FCC Announces Updated Lifeline Minimum Service

The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau updated minimum service standards levels for speed and usage allowances for Lifeline-supported services as required by the 2016 Lifeline Order including newly-calculated minimum s

The Perilous Future of Internet Access for Students of Color

As teachers increasingly integrate internet-based programs into both lesson plans and homework, the internet has become an essential tool for students.

FCC Commissioner Carr Announces $100 million 'Connected Care Pilot Program'

[Press release] In an op-ed with Sen Roger Wicker (R-MS), Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr announced that the FCC will seek to establish a new $100 million “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support telehealth for low-income America

FCC stands by decision to raise broadband prices on American Indians

The Federal Communications Commission is refusing to reverse a decision that will take a broadband subsidy away from many American Indians.

Huawei: FCC proposal would hurt poor, rural communities

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is fighting back against some of the negative claims that US government officials have been making about the company in recent months.

Rural Broadband Associations Come Out Against Proposed FCC Moves Against Huawei

The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), the Computer & Communications Industry Association,  ITTA – The Voice of America’s Broadband Providers (ITTA), and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) have filed joint reply comments with t

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio seeks comment on AT&T Ohio application to end Lifeline Participation

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) issued a call for comments regarding AT&T Ohio’s application to discontinue its participation in the federal Lifeline program throughout the majority of its service territory.

FCC must keep Puerto Ricans connected to Lifeline this storm season

[Commentary]  As we get deeper into hurricane season, Washington should be doing what it can to keep [the Lifeline program] in place.