Wireless Internet

How Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Expose New York’s Digital Divide

When New York City announced in 2014 that a private company would replace pay phones with thousands of kiosks offering free Wi-Fi, Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “a critical step toward a more equal, open, and connected city.” Five years later, ma

CBO Scores the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act

The Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act (S. 1611) would require the Department of Commerce (DOC) to convene a federal interagency working group to report to the Congress on the Internet of things (IoT).

Chairman Pai Announces Plan to Launch $9 Billion 5G Fund for Rural America

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai intends to establish the 5G Fund, which would make up to $9 billion in Universal Service Fund support available to carriers to deploy advanced 5G mobile wireless services in rural America.

Mobility Fund Phase II Coverage Maps Investigation Staff Report

As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing effort to reform universal service funding of mobile wireless services and focus subsidies on unserved areas rather than on areas that already have service, the FCC unanimously adopted a n

Rep Meng Introduces Legislation to Close the Nation's Homework Gap

Rep Grace Meng (D-NY) announced the introduction of the Closing the Homework Gap Through Mobile Hotspots Act, which would create a $100 million grant program for schools, libraries, US territories, and federally recognized Indian Tribes to purchas

House Commerce Committee Approves Handful of Broadband Bills

The House Commerce Committee approved a handful of bipartisan broadband and tech-related bills on a variety of topics, from broadband mapping and network security to freeing up spectrum. “Bills being favorably reported for a vote in the full House

AT&T’s latest smartphone plans offer new ways to limit 'unlimited' data

AT&T, the latest to retire old mostly-unlimited plans, did so only 20 months after the June 2018 introduction of its previous offers.

House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Advances 9 Bills

The House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology advanced nine bills in a markup session Nov 14. Eight of the bills moved with little controversey:

T-Mobile has made big promises about its merger — but talk is cheap

To gain federal approval of their $26 billion merger, T-Mobile and Sprint have spent years promising a universe of incred

US Government Is Tripping Over Itself in Race to Dominate 5G Technology

As America races to deploy next-generation wireless technology, several arms of the government are at odds over how to allocate space on the radio-frequency spectrum for 5G.