The Universal Service Fund's base is shrinking.
The legal brief comes at a time when the FCC studies the future of the fund.
This shift away from local autonomy for procurement would be the most radical change to the program since its inception.
If formally adopted, the agency would be changing longstanding rural health care telecommunications subsidies.
Expanding the number of internet providers eligible to contribute to the fund may decrease costs for telecommunications providers and consumers.
The agency implemented new rules on the Affordable Connectivity Program, which makes a new subsidy permanent.
Letter cites Carol Mattey report, which recommends broadening the base.
Consultants say the Federal Communications Commission has the authority to do so.
The FCC should hit the pause button on a current plan to zero out support for voice-only services.
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The data will go toward improved maps, which the FCC chair said will be available by the fall.
In remarks at the Rural Wireless Association event on Wednesday, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks reaffirmed the FCC’s goals.
'You have to take a serious look at red tape.'
A USTelecom report finds that despite high inflation, broadband prices have been declining.
As technology is more advanced and connected to everything, the need for higher capacity networks will continue to grow exponentially.
Legislation currently before Congress will hurt American tech's global competitiveness, event hears.
The virtual world where avatars can meet as if they were in real life can be a companion for education.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is requesting Apple and Google remove the TikTok app over data concerns.
'It’s about making sure wireless connections are available in 100 percent of rural America,' said the chairwoman.
From 2010 to 2020, a 10.9 percent growth in broadband penetration drove .04 percent increase in GDP, the study found.
The FCC chairwoman reaffirmed her commitment to net neutrality at a conference on Friday.
'Digital workers can help in the end-to-end automation of business processes by mimicking human behavior.'
The technology has already been used by companies to monitor and make more efficient systems to reduce emissions.
Environmental sustainability in telecom has been a key talking point for Starks.
Conference hears the FCC should seek spectrum bands to open up for unlicensed use.
The Community Reinvestment Act was expanded to include broadband investments in 2016.
A bill would have the Commerce Secretary identify categories of personal data that could harm national security if exported.
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel advocated for bills that would make better use of spectrum.
Fixed-wireless is hampered by technical issues that make it incomparable to fiber, a report claims.
Understanding the funding impact will 'begin with the NTIA’s mandate to work with community partners.'
'Simple and regular community engagement is needed.'
The FTC released a report that warned about the dangers of AI's use to combat online harms.
UScellular and Ericsson tested 5G connected drones for future applications.
'While the federal government’s infrastructure funding creates unique opportunities, it also exposes challenges that states and tribes must get in...
'We can’t keep overhauling the regulatory structure.'
'We need to recognize that absolutely the time is now. It is neither too soon nor too late.'
Comments were made at the Fiber Connect conference last week.
'North America is forecast to lead the world in 5G subscription penetration in the next five years.'
The coalition will play a crucial role in broadband data as government implements the largest expenditure of broadband funds.
The draft privacy law includes a provision to enhance privacy protections online for children under 17.
Markup of bills comes after much discussion about federal spectrum management.
Fiber networks have a unique capacity to keep broadband prices low for low-income communities, proponents say.
Analyzing ACP enrollment can help the BEAD program solve the 'persisting gap between deployment and subscription.'
A bill introduced by Elizabeth Warren would ban data brokers from selling or transferring location data and health data.
Fiber providers, equipment companies and consultants discussed their work in communities in a session at Fiber Connect
39 states and territories have submitted letters of intent to participate in the NTIA's Internet for All initiative.
Peacock and HBO Max named as potential winners by internet and entertainment industry analysis Laura Martin
As of June 7, 20 states have passed legislation to implement the 988 suicide hotline mandate, according to FCC data.
'We’re projecting a 5x increase in data consumption from 2021 to 2025.'
'[State] decision makers in this program need to be careful about who is the qualified and experienced provider.'