FCC laws should not include unintentional acts of discrimination, say industry voices.
Will providers be required to use equipment that is not readily available within the United States?
BEAD requirements a unique opportunity for underrepresented communities to be involved in broadband builds.
Sen. Lujan once again voiced concern that the FCC’s national broadband map contains major inaccuracies.
Cities and states are still in the midst of challenging the accuracy of the FCC's maps.
The FCC requested input on allowing economic and technical feasibility exceptions to the definition.
Commissioner Geoffrey Starks argued that expanding connectivity would enable sustainable, environmentally-friendly technologies.
Panelists sought streamlined permitting processes on federal lands and in local communities, and reasonably priced pole access.
Sen. Mark Warner said last month he is working to pass a companion bill by year’s end.
The FCC stated that it will lean on the newly mandated broadband nutrition labels.
To correct for inevitable errors, the FCC is soliciting challenges to the map’s provider-submitted data.
Local communities understand their own needs, said Arkansas’s Glen Howie.
Sen. Mark Warner said he is in discussions to push the bill to law this year.
18% of people living on Tribal lands lack broadband access, compared to 4% of residents in non-tribal areas.
Christopher Ali wrote a book about the failures of rural broadband policies and leadership last year.
The FCC said individuals will also be able to challenge its broadband fabric once the draft map is released.
In 2021, the FCC charged the council in its mission to prevent digital discrimination.
'There are just an incredible amount of even management positions that would be well-suited to develop through an apprentice program.'
'Red tape really does have the possibility to kill project,' argued a House subcommittee chief counsel.
Applications are due mid-November, state officials said, and awards will likely be announced by early December.
'There are serious questions about whether a strong, effective label is achievable with a 2–2 Commission'
Study says California and Texas will be the biggest BEAD winners, with grants of more than $3 billion each.
'The way you close the digital divide is you build fiber to every single rural home,' Jonathan Chambers said.
To deploy the infrastructure itself, states must focus on user buy-in as well as network deployment.
More than 42,000 unserved Native American households will have access to high-speed Internet.
Two information technology industry groups are trying to stall implementation of Texas’ social media law.
The NTIA is proposing a limited-equipment, limited-time exemption to purchasing American-made products.
A federal judge ruled that CostQuest made no misrepresentations in its bid for the FCC mapping contract.
One trade group warns about providers leaving the program if data collection too onerous.
The state partners with educational institutions and service providers to maximize public funding.
Kansas, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota are among the awardees.
The state is optimistic that multiple sources of funding from federal programs will close the digital divide.
Unprecedented federal spending on broadband is helping drive the need for more broadband workers.
'[State] decision makers in this program need to be careful about who is the qualified and experienced provider.'
The USDA has been allocated $2 billion from the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act.
What should state leaders be doing to procure a safer, healthier information environment?
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) details parameters of Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.
The funding priorities of IIJA has created the false perception that middle mile is not as important as last mile, experts say.
Digital literacy gap and lack of outreach are part of the digital divide.
Money coming from the IIJA must be flexible and include extensive private contributions, Davidson said at Broadband Breakfast event.