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Clyburn Sworn in as FCC Commissioner

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2009 – Mignon Clyburn was sworn in Monday as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. The ceremony took place in her home state of South Carolina, with the oath administered by U.S. Senior District Judge Matthew Perry Jr.

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WASHINGTON, August 6, 2009 – Mignon Clyburn was sworn in Monday as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. The ceremony took place in her home state of South Carolina, with the oath administered by U.S. Senior District Judge Matthew Perry Jr.

“I am deeply honored that President Obama and the United States Senate have entrusted me with the privilege of serving as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission,” she said in a statement.

“This is an exciting and challenging time in our nation’s history.  I am eager to hear from and work with all stakeholders to carry out, along with my colleagues, communications policies that protect consumers and encourage robust competition and innovation,” she said.

The Senate unanimously confirmed Clyburn, along with fellow nominee Meredith Baker, to the position last month. With these confirmations, the FCC’s board of commissioners is full once again: Julius Genachowski recently replaced outgoing Kevin Martin as agency chairman, joining Robert McDowell and Michael Copps in the agency’s highest positions.

Clyburn, whose father is House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), previously served on the Public Services Commission in South Carolina where she oversaw utilities regulation. She headed that agency from 2001 to 2004.

Genachowski welcomed Clyburn to the FCC: “Mignon is a dedicated public servant with years of state-level and private-sector experience, and it’s an honor to serve alongside such a talented colleague.”

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Biden Delivers Remarks on Free Broadband to Qualified Households

Biden compared the value of broadband to telephone service, and drew parallels to the historic effort to connect the country.

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WASHINGTON, May 9, 2022 – President Joe Biden emphasized the essential nature of broadband during a public appearance on Monday.

Biden delivered remarks at the White House Rose Garden on the day’s earlier announcement that the federal government would work with both regional and national broadband providers to provide essentially free broadband to qualified households.

“Too many Americans simply cannot afford to get connected even if there is access to get connected. So, they go without high-speed internet, or they sacrifice other necessities in order to make it work,” Biden said.

“High-speed internet is not a luxury any longer – it is a necessity,” Biden said. “That is why the bipartisan infrastructure law included $65 billion to make sure we expand access to broadband internet in every region of the country.”

Biden also laid out the criteria for eligible households to take advantage of Affordable Connectivity Program, which when paired with the effort by ISPs to keep 100 Mbps download services under $30, provides free internet to consumers.

“If your household income is twice the federal poverty level or less – that is that’s about $55,000 per year for a family of four – or $27,000 for an individual – or a member of your household is on Medicaid or supplementary [social] security income or a number of other programs – you are eligible.”

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Biden Touts Telecom Commitment to Low-Cost Broadband Options

The commitment is separate from the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program.

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WASHINGTON, May 9, 2022 – President Joe Biden on Monday reaffirmed his agenda of bridging the digital divide through private sector commitments to connect low-income Americans.

As part of a coordinated effort between federal agencies and the private sector, the Biden administration said 20 broadband providers – from regional providers to the largest national providers – had pledged to provide low-income Americans with superior speeds at lower prices.

This most recent commitment saw providers lowering prices to $30/month or less at speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second. Additionally, the Administration request that such plans not feature additional fees and data limits.

This most recent private sector coordination is distinct from the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program, though households that qualify for ACP will also qualify for these reduced-price programs. The two programs are designed to work in tandem.

ACP will provide up to $30 per month for qualified households to acquire broadband service and up to $75 per month to households on tribal lands. The ACP will also provide a one-time subsidy of up to $100 for a household to secure a tablet or other similar device that can access the internet.

Those who use Medicaid, SNAP, federal public housing assistance, Federal Pell Grants, Lifeline, or other related programs already qualify for ACP.

In addition to these private sector efforts to improve broadband coverage, the administration also announced the launch of GetInternet.gov – a website designed to direct users to resources that will help them secure broadband connections. Additionally, the administration also announced that various agencies that administer federal programs (Medicaid, SNAP, etc.) will reach out to users to inform them of these programs.

The social security administration will also reach out to those with a “My Social Security” account to inform them of the program.

Public interest organizations such as United Way and Catholic Charities USA will also be training their networks in program enrollment and outreach.

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Livestream from Digital Infrastructure Investment and Coalition for Local Internet Choice

Watch Digital Infrastructure Investment at 1 p.m. ET, Coalition for Local Internet Choice Supersession on Partnership at 3 p.m. ET

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HOUSTON, May 2, 2022 – The third annual Digital Infrastructure Investment mini-conference, presented jointly with the Broadband Communities Summit in Houston, begins on Monday at 1 p.m. ET. The program will include two stellar lineups focused on Private Financing and Public Financing. This year, for the first time, the content and sessions associated with this event will be available free of charge.

FREE LIVE ONLINE REGISTRATION

This pathbreaking annual event brings the broadband infrastructure and financial services communities together to focus on the digital infrastructure and investment asset profile, including fiber, small cells, towers and data center assets required to support a 21st Century information economy.

Broadband Breakfast’s Digital Infrastructure Investment conference unites infrastructure investment fund managers, institutional investors, private equity and venture capitalists with senior broadband leaders and brings clarity to the next business model for advanced digital infrastructure.

Confirmed panelists for the session on “Private Financing” include:

  • David Barron, CEO, Next Level Networks
  • Andrew Semenak, Managing Director, Pinpoint Capital Advisors
  • Noah Tulsky, Partner, Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners
  • Shrihari Pandit, President and CEO, Stealth Communications

Confirmed panelist for the session on “Public Financing” include:

  • Tom Coverick, Managing Director, Keybanc Capital Markets
  • Matt Schmit, Director, Illinois Office of Broadband
  • Roger Timmerman, Executive Director, UTOPIA Fiber
  • Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund

See updated details about Digital Infrastructure Investment 2022. The page will be continually updated.

Digital Infrastructure Investment 2022 Sponsors:

 

Gold Sponsors

BroadbandNow is a data aggregation company helping millions of consumers find and compare local internet options. BroadbandNow’s database of providers, the largest in the U.S., delivers the highest-value guides consisting of comprehensive plans, prices and ratings for thousands of internet service providers.

Pinpoint Capital Advisors is a boutique corporate finance advisory firm specialized in the wireless tower, fiber and data center sectors. They are a leader in advising small and middle market companies on equity and debt capital raising, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Silver Sponsors

 

SiFi Networks funds, builds and owns FiberCity™ networks for use by Internet Service Providers, 4G/5G carriers and other service providers wishing to deliver ubiquitous high-speed broadband services to business and residential properties as well as connectivity for city-wide Internet of Things applications.


Created by a group of Utah cities, the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA Fiber) is a community-owned fiber optic network that uses the Open Access model to promote competition by giving customers the freedom to choose which telecommunication services they want.

Positron Access specializes in carrier-grade telecommunications products that increase bandwidth delivered and the distance covered within both core access networks and residential buildings using existing wiring infrastructure. These include line powered digital subscriber line amplifiers/extenders that double the customer serving areas and increase the bandwidth, G.hn Gigabit Access Mulitplexors (GAM) that provide managed non-blocking symmetrical gigabit bandwidth to subscribers in multiple-dwelling units/multi-tenant units over copper pairs or coaxial cables; and bonded copper solutions for mobile backhaul, core transport, access and edge aggregation.

The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has been on a mission over the last decade to forge partnerships and foster public policy to close the Digital Divide. This work has been strategically-focused, results-oriented, and people-centered. CETF is a leading proponent of the Digital Equity Bill of Rights.

See Broadband Breakfast’s Digital Infrastructure Investment Archives for a complete list of prior DII events

FREE LIVE ONLINE REGISTRATION

To inquire about Digital Infrastructure Investment 2022, contact drew@breakfast.media.

Live Online registration for Digital Infrastructure Investment 2022 is available free of charge. Alternatively, join us in person by registering for Broadband Communities Summit in Houston.

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