FCC Workshop on eRate Funding Shows New Flexibility for School and Library Fiber Builds
FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Universal Service
June 18th, 2015
June 18, 2015 – Recent changes to the eligibility rules for the Federal Communication Commission’s eRate program open the door for new fiber connections for schools and libraries using agency funds. Among the rule changes were the suspension of the requirement that applicants seek funding for large up front construction costs over several years, the […]
Washington Telecom Insiders Focusing on New ‘Broadband Moment’ Through Significant Policy Tweaks
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA
June 8th, 2015
June 8, 2015 – Some are calling it a second “broadband moment.” More than six years after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was responsible for more than $7 billion in federal funds being spent on broadband infrastructure, internet adoption and telecommunications mapping, there’s a new level of interest in re-vising the National Broadband Plan, […]
Schools, Health and Libraries Conference a Vital Connection for Public Broadband
Education, FCC, Health, Minority, NTIA, Universal Service
May 18th, 2015
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 – More than five years after the unveiling of the National Broadband Plan, policy-makers and on-the-ground-advocates seeking to build better broadband networks will convene here this week at the annual conference of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition.
The conference, “Enhancing Broadband Through Innovation, Investment and Inclusion,” has become the regular Washington gathering point for those engaged in public broadband initiatives.
Among the keynote and plenary sessions at this year’s conference include addresses by Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen, plus Mayor Jill Boudreau of Mount Vernon, Washington.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Pokes Finger in Eye of Telecom Incumbents at Broadband Communities in Austin
FCC, Gigabit Networks
April 14th, 2015
AUSTIN, April 14, 2015 – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission came to Broadband Communities Summit here to metaphorically poke his finger in the eye of the biggest incumbent communications companies.
He cited this city as Exhibit A for his mantra of “competition, competition, competition.”
And one day after the first of multiple legal challenges to the agency’s network neutrality rules, Wheeler delivered a full-throated defense of those regulations.
Wheeler also defended — to repeated applause from the crowd — a vigorous defense of municipalities and to communities’ rights to offer broadband internet services.
Jonathan Chambers of the FCC Says Results of Rural Broadband Experiment Teach Incumbents a Lesson
Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, FCC, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service
April 14th, 2015
AUSTIN, April 14, 2015 – The official from the Federal Communications Commission responsible for the agency’s unique “rural broadband experiment” on Monday said the experiment was less about learning than about teaching the rural telecom industry that it can do better.
Speaking on panel at the Broadband Communities Summit here, Jonathan Chambers, chief of the Office of Strategic Planning at the FCC, said: “I wanted to teach certain people in Washington that we could do better than 4 megabits per second (Mbps) down and 1 Mbps up [in broadband speeds.]” [...]
AT&T Settles with FCC for $25 Million in Landmark Privacy and Data Breach Agreement
Cybersecurity, Expert Opinion, FCC, Privacy
April 8th, 2015
Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a $25 million settlement with AT&T for data breaches including the releasing of thousands of customer records, including names, phone numbers and some Social Security numbers.
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WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 – The FCC’s settlement with AT&T sets another benchmark for data breach enforcement, with several important developments.
First, it demonstrates the continuing encroachment of the FCC into areas once thought to be the exclusive domain of the FTC. This is a classic data breach enforcement action that typically would have been prosecuted by the FTC until most recently. [...]
FCC fines CenturyLink $16M over multistate 911 outage | Minnesota Public Radio News
April 8th, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission has fined CenturyLink $16 million for a multistate 911 outage that prevented millions of people from making emergency calls over a six-hour period last year. It’s the largest 911-related fine ever levied by the government agency. The FCC says the outage occurred in April 2014. It affected six counties in Minnesota […]
FCC to Put Its Legal Weight Behind Preemption of State Laws That Limit Community Gigabit Networks
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks
February 3rd, 2015
February 3, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission will put its legal weight behind a petition that would preempt laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that restrict the ability of community broadband networks to expand operations. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will urge his fellow commissioners — and is expected to obtain support from a majority […]
White House Supports Growing National Movement of Local Leaders for Gigabit Networks
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, FCC, Gigabit Networks, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
January 14th, 2015
WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015 – The White House on Tuesday announced efforts to end laws that harm broadband competition, several steps to support a growing national movement of local leaders for Gigabit Networks, plus new federal funding and a new initiative to support community broadband. The announcements came on Tuesday in advance of an anticipated […]
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in Press Call with Sen. Markey, Proposes $1.5 Billion Increase in E-Rate
FCC, Universal Service
November 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON, November 17, 2014 – Federal Communications Committee Chairman Tom Wheeler and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Monday proposed increasing the $1.5 billion cap to the E-rate portion of the Universal Service Fund. Schools and libraries, who would benefit from such an increase, have been calling for it for years now. Despite requests for E-rate […]