On January 23rd, President Trump appointed Commissioner Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Chairman Pai was the most senior republican of the FCC, and has served five years as a commissioner. Many have speculated about the new chairman’s agenda, but most agree Chairman Pai will likely cut regulations and follow the letter of the law. Continue reading
To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Utah Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Bus, the Broadband Outreach Center recently did an analysis of residential broadband coverage in each of the state’s 41 school districts. In this month’s maps, the percentage of addressed properties with 3 levels of residential broadband service, is shown for each school district (see summary table also).
The Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) recently published a progress report detailing actions of the interagency council tasked with improving broadband outcomes through reasonable executive action. The BOC was created in response to a memorandum from President Obama dating back to March of 2015. Continue reading
So far, there seems to be strong bi-partisan support for broadband in the 115th congress. Several items of legislation from the 114th Congress have stuck around, many breezing through with unanimous votes. Follow this tracking guide to see what kinds of federal legislation is coming down the pipe. Continue reading
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) adopted two final rulings last month to help ensure that residents in public housing have access to broadband Internet. The new rules require the installation of broadband infrastructure in both new construction projects and projects to substantially retrofit existing public housing structures. Continue reading
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the Community Connect grant program. Community Connect is designed to fund broadband deployments for rural communities that are unable to attract private investment due to their unique circumstances. Continue reading
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on the Commission’s actions to help streamline the deployment of small cell infrastructure by improving wireless facilities siting policies. Specifically, the FCC is looking for guidance on how federal law applies to local government review of siting and rights-of-way applications, with the possibility of issuing a declaratory ruling. Continue reading
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has issued a request for comment on their Computer and Internet Use Supplement for the 2017 Current Population Survey conducted by the Census Bureau. The annual supplement is a living document, designed to evolve and collect the most useful data for assessing technology use in the United States. Continue reading