It's not just about building networks, but providing affordability through programs like the ACP.
Experts cited a lack of middle mile as the biggest obstacle to reaching many unserved areas.
Consulting firm Brattle Group said in a report the move would be economically sound.
The FCC's challenge process is insufficient to allocate Enhanced ACAM funds, the Rural Broadband Association said.
Gooden would be responsible for overseeing the activities of the Rural Utilities Services, an important broadband funding agency.
The USF is facing dwindling funds and pending court challenges.
Feedback could help Tribes improve future funding applications and expand broadband infrastructure.
Announcement includes investments in 22 states for 100 * 20 Mbps speeds.
A rehearing of the case means that the full court will reconsider the case and the previous ruling is vacated.
While the USF remains vital in an ever-increasing connected world, it is in serious jeopardy of surviving.
Congress should increase speed requirements for the USDA’s broadband programs to encourage fiber builds, committee hears.
Including all broadband internet revenue will alter the internet in uncertain ways, claims expert.
Sixth Circuit adopted reasons from another appeal court.
The lengthy grant application process can be a barrier for Tribes with limited resources.
The bill requires the FCC to study and reform the contribution base of the Universal Service Fund.
The matter is also in front of the 6th and 11th Circuit courts.
Tribal leaders and citizens must gather data 'on a scale large enough to ensure that Tribal nations receive' funding.
Critics urged the FCC to expand the fund’s contribution sources, but the agency chose to punt the decision to Congress.
The first operator to bring fiber to a community creates a significant barrier to entry for competitors.
18% of people living on Tribal lands lack broadband access, compared to 4% of residents in non-tribal areas.
‘These reports detail problems customers have faced,” wrote Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone
Big communications companies want Congress to tax telecom, while many others want higher fees on broadband service.
'You need to get a little better about talking to and listening to native communities," the chairman told the FCC.
'Their absence is noted, and it illustrates their indifference towards the needs of rural Americans and our rural communities.'
The authorization comes three weeks after the commission denied funding to Starlink and LTD Broadband.
Responders fear that updating the E-Rate process will increase complexity for applicants.
Future broadband funding should target those who need it, even if they live in cities or the suburbs.
The Commerce Department has now made a total of 63 awards totaling more than $601 million in Tribal funding.
'We are continuing to review the letter and are evaluating our next steps,' LTD said.
One trade group warns about providers leaving the program if data collection too onerous.
The announcement is the second round of ReConnect funding in fiscal year 2022.
The commission said it is helping communities prepare to apply for some of the $42.5B NTIA BEAD program.
Following up on UTOPIA Fiber's buildout to Morgan City, we'll look at benefits of broadband for this rural community
In remarks at the Rural Wireless Association event on Wednesday, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks reaffirmed the FCC’s goals.
The USDA has been allocated $2 billion from the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act.
Rural communities vary in broadband needs, making community engagement essential for breaching the digital divide.
CDFI funds are responsible for rural Wyoming broadband and may offer a solution to rural areas across the nation.
The Universal Service Fund's base is shrinking.
It's the ninth wave of funding confirmations, bringing the total amount to more than $5.2 billion to three million locations.
The legal brief comes at a time when the FCC studies the future of the fund.