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A Preview of the FCC's July Open Meeting: Taking the "E" Out of EBS and TV

Perhaps the biggest news of the week was the agenda for the Federal Communications Commission's July 10 Open Meeting, which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai laid out in a blog post on June 18, 2019. I'm traveling to New York this week; below is a shorter-than-usual weekly that takes a look at how Chairman Pai plans to take education out of the Educational Broadband Service -- and broadcast television.

Elections Matter: Who’s Who in Telecommunications Policy in the 116th Congress

The 116th Congress is underway. In the background of a partial government shutdown, lawmakers are getting their committee assignments. At Benton, we keep a close eye on two key Congressional panels because of their jurisdiction over many telecommunications issues and oversight of the Federal Communications Commission: 1) the House Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, and 2) the Senate Commerce Committee. Here's a look at some key telecom policymakers -- and their priorities -- in the 116th Congress. 

The Future Openness of the Internet Should Not Turn on the Decision of a Particular Company

On Tuesday, April 17, the House Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing –  entitled “From Core to Edge: Perspective on Internet Prioritization” – to  better understanding of how network operators manage data flows over the Internet and how data is prioritized from the network core to the edge.

Sponsor: 

Fiber Broadband Association

Date: 
Wed, 06/29/2022 - 10:00 to 10:30

The unique thing about United Fiber is that they now have about 24,000 fiber subscribers and its parent company, United Electric, has 7500 members (10,000 meters). They are the only electric cooperative with more fiber subscribers than electric members in the country. Furthermore, they are a small cooperative with one of the lowest customer densities (2.5 meters per mile) in the State of Missouri. Darren Farnan, General Manager at United Fiber, will share how they have now built out the bulk of their membership (finishing in the next 12 months) in over 40 communities in Northwest Missouri.



Sponsor: 

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Date: 
Mon, 08/15/2022 - 23:59

Congress has set up a three-step process for states to receive their infrastructure money: submitting and gaining approval for 1) a letter of intent, 2) an initial proposal, and 3) a final proposal (collectively, a “covered application”). Upon receipt of the Letter of Intent, NTIA will provide the Point of Contact for each Eligible Entity instructions on how to submit a request for Initial Planning Funds through the application portal at https://grants.ntia.gov/.



Sponsor: 

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Date: 
Mon, 07/18/2022 - 23:59

Congress has set up a three-step process for states to receive their infrastructure money: submitting and gaining approval for 1) a letter of intent, 2) an initial proposal, and 3) a final proposal (collectively, a “covered application”). Letters of intent must include:

A statement that the Eligible Entity intends to participate in the Program;



FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for July 14 Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the July Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2022:

Sponsor: 

Network:On

Date: 
Tue, 06/28/2022 - 12:00 to 14:00

When it really mattered, America’s Internet was a lifeline for the economy. And now it’s ready for the future with new pathways to entrepreneurship, economic growth, and innovation.

A panel of experts discusses the growth of broadband and its impact on the U.S. economy and how the federal government, private sector, and public advocates continue to shape the digital economy.
 

Meet the Speakers:



Sponsor: 

Federal Communications Commission

Date: 
Tue, 06/28/2022 - 13:00

At this meeting, Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) members are expected to (i) receive an update from the IP Captioning Files Transmittal Working Group; and (ii) discuss other topics relevant to the DAC’s work. The meeting will be led by the DAC co-chairs: Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel of ACT | The App Association, and Isidore Niyongabo, President and Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement of National Black Deaf Advocates.



Sponsor: 

Federal Communications Commission

Date: 
Fri, 08/05/2022 - 10:30

Topics selected for FCC open meeting agendas will be posted approximately three weeks prior to the Commission's next monthly meeting.