On February 22, 2018 the Federal Communications Commission updated the National Broadband Map, replacing the original map that was released seven years ago by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The current map also has the ability to overlay satellite imagery. The map is currently using data collected in December 2016 based on Form 477 filings that broadband providers must make with the FCC. Continue reading
The Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) held its fourth meeting January 23rd and 24th. The working groups/subcommittees presented reports and recommendation for best practice and language on updated broadband-related code. Continue reading
The FCC has just released the final Order in the Federal Register to eliminate Net Neutrality. The Repeal will take place on April 23rd with further changes will happen after that date. Continue reading
The FCC has put out an updated map that identifies census block groups that are eligible for the CAF II Auction (Auction 93). The auction will use competitive building to allocate up to $1.98 billion of support over the next 10 years in high-cost rural areas. Continue reading
The Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee has released the first vote and discussion items and is seeking public comment on various issues. Continue reading
The Gigabit Opportunity Act bill has been introduced to the senate to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax benefits for investments in gigabit opportunity zones. Continue reading
Our September map of the month revisits a topic that we explored in October of 2014 — how Utah’s broadband coverage is overrepresented in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Form 477 broadband maps. This is a policy issue and one that certainly impacts most if not all states.
The FCC has released a NPRM to revise it’s current Form 477 that collects voice and broadband data. The comment period ends on September 25, 2017.
Both nominees for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were confirmed for one term each. Brandon Carr has just been sworn as the newest member. Jessica Rosenworcel, who was also up for a nomination, rejoined the commission for another five-year term. Continue reading
According to a new report, availability for accessible and affordable voice and broadband services is still one of the largest issues for rural and low-income America.