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FCC’s Low-Income Broadband Working Group Report Finally Receives Unanimous Approval

Jericho Casper

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December 18, 2020 — During the most recent meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, on Thursday, volunteer members of the Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities Working Group proposed revisions to a recommendations report, after the report failed to be voted out during the committee’s October 29 meeting.

The team’s report, which finally received a unanimous vote out on Thursday, details recommendations to increase broadband affordability, deployment, and adoption, specifically in low-income communities.

The Committee completed three case studies, to guide their report, one of which was finalized after the October 29 deadline. The resources utilized include a Chicago case study, which focused on the importance of K-12 students having access to virtual learning initiatives within low-income communities.

The group met 11 times over 14 days to draft the recommendations report after it initially failed to pass.

“We took a little bit more time in balancing the discussion of the correlation between income and deployment,” said working group Chairman Tom Ferree. “We wanted to really shape that particular piece in a way that informed policymakers and did not serve to indict or otherwise color a particular bias or perspective, to bring balance and objective reporting to that investigation.”

According to Ferree, the team similarly refined their recommendations on improving adoption; however, there was not as substantive a change in the adoptions report as in the deployment report. “We did strike one section that was previously included, a special call-out on the tax strategies associated with incentivizing deployment,” said Ferree.

According to Ferree, the team wrestled to settle on recommendations for broadband deployment and spent quite a bit of time minimizing the regulatory barriers to small cell deployment.

Some of the groups main recommendations for increasing broadband access in low-income communities, detailed in the report, include: creating gigabit opportunity zones with preference to low-income communities lacking sufficient broadband availability, establishing bidding credits for investment specifically in low-income areas, encouraging partnerships and strategic planning, focusing Community Reinvestment Act resources on broadband infrastructure projects in low-income areas, improving data, affordability, and more.

The team also referenced the success of the FCC’s Rural Tribal Priority Window. “We wanted to feature that as a way to incentivize future spectrum auctions on tribal lands,” said Ferree.

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Popularity Of Telework And Telehealth Presents Unique Opportunities For A Post-Pandemic World

A survey released earlier this month illustrates opportunities for remote work and care.

Benjamin Kahn

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Screenshot of Hernan Galperin via YouTube

December 18, 2020 — During the most recent meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, on Thursday, volunteer members of the Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities Working Group proposed revisions to a recommendations report, after the report failed to be voted out during the committee’s October 29 meeting.

The team’s report, which finally received a unanimous vote out on Thursday, details recommendations to increase broadband affordability, deployment, and adoption, specifically in low-income communities.

The Committee completed three case studies, to guide their report, one of which was finalized after the October 29 deadline. The resources utilized include a Chicago case study, which focused on the importance of K-12 students having access to virtual learning initiatives within low-income communities.

The group met 11 times over 14 days to draft the recommendations report after it initially failed to pass.

“We took a little bit more time in balancing the discussion of the correlation between income and deployment,” said working group Chairman Tom Ferree. “We wanted to really shape that particular piece in a way that informed policymakers and did not serve to indict or otherwise color a particular bias or perspective, to bring balance and objective reporting to that investigation.”

According to Ferree, the team similarly refined their recommendations on improving adoption; however, there was not as substantive a change in the adoptions report as in the deployment report. “We did strike one section that was previously included, a special call-out on the tax strategies associated with incentivizing deployment,” said Ferree.

According to Ferree, the team wrestled to settle on recommendations for broadband deployment and spent quite a bit of time minimizing the regulatory barriers to small cell deployment.

Some of the groups main recommendations for increasing broadband access in low-income communities, detailed in the report, include: creating gigabit opportunity zones with preference to low-income communities lacking sufficient broadband availability, establishing bidding credits for investment specifically in low-income areas, encouraging partnerships and strategic planning, focusing Community Reinvestment Act resources on broadband infrastructure projects in low-income areas, improving data, affordability, and more.

The team also referenced the success of the FCC’s Rural Tribal Priority Window. “We wanted to feature that as a way to incentivize future spectrum auctions on tribal lands,” said Ferree.

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Virt Seeks To Serve As The Hub To Find And Join Virtual Events

Launched last week, virt.com hopes to take advantage of the rise in virtual events by crowdsourcing them in one place.

Tim White

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Photo of GHS co-founder Victor Zonana, left, from Global Health New Zealand

December 18, 2020 — During the most recent meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, on Thursday, volunteer members of the Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities Working Group proposed revisions to a recommendations report, after the report failed to be voted out during the committee’s October 29 meeting.

The team’s report, which finally received a unanimous vote out on Thursday, details recommendations to increase broadband affordability, deployment, and adoption, specifically in low-income communities.

The Committee completed three case studies, to guide their report, one of which was finalized after the October 29 deadline. The resources utilized include a Chicago case study, which focused on the importance of K-12 students having access to virtual learning initiatives within low-income communities.

The group met 11 times over 14 days to draft the recommendations report after it initially failed to pass.

“We took a little bit more time in balancing the discussion of the correlation between income and deployment,” said working group Chairman Tom Ferree. “We wanted to really shape that particular piece in a way that informed policymakers and did not serve to indict or otherwise color a particular bias or perspective, to bring balance and objective reporting to that investigation.”

According to Ferree, the team similarly refined their recommendations on improving adoption; however, there was not as substantive a change in the adoptions report as in the deployment report. “We did strike one section that was previously included, a special call-out on the tax strategies associated with incentivizing deployment,” said Ferree.

According to Ferree, the team wrestled to settle on recommendations for broadband deployment and spent quite a bit of time minimizing the regulatory barriers to small cell deployment.

Some of the groups main recommendations for increasing broadband access in low-income communities, detailed in the report, include: creating gigabit opportunity zones with preference to low-income communities lacking sufficient broadband availability, establishing bidding credits for investment specifically in low-income areas, encouraging partnerships and strategic planning, focusing Community Reinvestment Act resources on broadband infrastructure projects in low-income areas, improving data, affordability, and more.

The team also referenced the success of the FCC’s Rural Tribal Priority Window. “We wanted to feature that as a way to incentivize future spectrum auctions on tribal lands,” said Ferree.

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Starry and Non-Profit PCs for People Seek Affordable Connectivity, Affordable Devices and Digital Literacy

Benjamin Kahn

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Photo of Starry Senior Vice President Virginia Adams from Public Knowledge

December 18, 2020 — During the most recent meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, on Thursday, volunteer members of the Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities Working Group proposed revisions to a recommendations report, after the report failed to be voted out during the committee’s October 29 meeting.

The team’s report, which finally received a unanimous vote out on Thursday, details recommendations to increase broadband affordability, deployment, and adoption, specifically in low-income communities.

The Committee completed three case studies, to guide their report, one of which was finalized after the October 29 deadline. The resources utilized include a Chicago case study, which focused on the importance of K-12 students having access to virtual learning initiatives within low-income communities.

The group met 11 times over 14 days to draft the recommendations report after it initially failed to pass.

“We took a little bit more time in balancing the discussion of the correlation between income and deployment,” said working group Chairman Tom Ferree. “We wanted to really shape that particular piece in a way that informed policymakers and did not serve to indict or otherwise color a particular bias or perspective, to bring balance and objective reporting to that investigation.”

According to Ferree, the team similarly refined their recommendations on improving adoption; however, there was not as substantive a change in the adoptions report as in the deployment report. “We did strike one section that was previously included, a special call-out on the tax strategies associated with incentivizing deployment,” said Ferree.

According to Ferree, the team wrestled to settle on recommendations for broadband deployment and spent quite a bit of time minimizing the regulatory barriers to small cell deployment.

Some of the groups main recommendations for increasing broadband access in low-income communities, detailed in the report, include: creating gigabit opportunity zones with preference to low-income communities lacking sufficient broadband availability, establishing bidding credits for investment specifically in low-income areas, encouraging partnerships and strategic planning, focusing Community Reinvestment Act resources on broadband infrastructure projects in low-income areas, improving data, affordability, and more.

The team also referenced the success of the FCC’s Rural Tribal Priority Window. “We wanted to feature that as a way to incentivize future spectrum auctions on tribal lands,” said Ferree.

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