Today's Regulatory Mix: USDA Announces Broadband Funding for Rural Virginia, NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium
USDA Announces Broadband Funding for Rural Virginia
The USDA announced it is investing $9 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Virginia. In rural Virginia, Scott County Telephone Cooperative will use a $9 million grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to connect 7,496 people, 416 farms, 97 businesses, a fire station, a town hall and two educational facilities to high-speed broadband internet in Scott County.
USDA Broadband Funding for Virginia,
NTIA Spectrum Policy,
unserved and underserved rural areas in Virginia,
national spectrum policy development
Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Begins Collecting Data on Huawei and ZTE Equipment and Services, FCC and FTC Commissioners Announce Hearing on 5G, Privacy, and AI, USDA Announces Texas Broadband Grant
FCC Begins Collecting Data on Huawei and ZTE Equipment and Services
The FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the process by which Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) must report the extent to which their networks contain or use potentially prohibited equipment or services provided by Huawei Technologies Company (Huawei), ZTE Corporation (ZTE), or their subsidiaries, parents, or affiliates, and the costs associated with removing such equipment and replacing it with equivalent equipment.
USDA Rural Broadband Grants,
Huawei and ZTE Equipment and Services ,
Today's Regulatory Mix: US Congress Hearing on 5G, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel's New "Broadband Conversations" Podcast, FCC's Pai on Cross Sector Resiliency Forum
US Congress Hearing on 5G
Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced the committee will convene a hearing titled, “5G Supply Chain Security: Threats and Solutions,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,
Broadband Conversations Podcast,
5G Supply Chain Security,
Cross Sector Resiliency Forum ,
Edison Electric Institute
Today's Regulatory Mix: USDA Announces Grants in Illinois and Tennessee, FCC Commissioner Carr Visits North Carolina Events Focused on 5G and Telehealth
USDA Announces Grants in Illinois and Tennessee
In Illinois, in a press release, the USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an investment of $9 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,744 rural households, 31 businesses, 41 farms and a critical community facility in Tennessee.
USDA Rural Broadband Grants,
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr,
ATIS PSAP Outage Contact Information
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) announced publication of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Updating Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Outage Contact Information (ATIS-0100068), which provides information on how Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) contact information is to be collected and documented.
Illinois Broadband Advisory Council,
Utilizing Strategic Allied Telecommunications Act,
Industries of the Future Act
NTIA Report on Spectrum Repurposing
NTIA released the first annual report showing continuing efforts to repurpose parts of the nation’s radiofrequency spectrum to meet the future communications needs of commercial and federal users. The report shows that the United States already leads the world in spectrum available for 5G technology and is working to more-than-double the radio spectrum available for the next generation of wireless network technology.
Connect USVI Fund,
Direct Broadcast Satellite Service,
NTIA Spectrum Repurposing,
3.5 GHz Auction Procedures,
FCC September Open Meeting Agenda,
Digital Technology Markets
SPECTRUM NOW Act Introduced
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) and U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY), announced the introduction of the “Supplementing the Pipeline for Efficient Control of The Resources for Users Making New Opportunities for Wireless (SPECTRUM NOW) Act”. This bill facilitates the speedy deployment of 5G by allowing government agencies to become more efficient and effective in their spectrum use and requiring key mid-band frequencies be made available for commercial wireless use.
SPECTRUM Now Act
Giant leaps at the FCC?
Chairman Pai’s theme for the July 10, 2019 meeting is “A Giant Leap For 5G.” The focus will be on taking important steps towards advancing 5G coverage and capacity. The FCC plans to accomplish this by opening up the 2.5 GHz band for 5G as well as conducting a high-band spectrum auction. The meeting will also concentrate attention on closing the digital divide by considering a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Declaratory Ruling covering what the FCC calls “multiple tenant environments,” or MTEs.
Business Data Services,
Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments,
FCC July Open Meeting,
2.5 GHz Band,
5G Incentive Auction,
Access to Connected Care Services
US Congress FCC Oversight
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting information and documents related to the FCC’s current workload, the work of its bureaus and offices, and the FCC’s interactions with the public through its handling of consumer complaints and Freedom of Information Act requests. Pallone and Doyle told Pai that the Committee will be reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority.
US House FCC Oversight,
Wireless Infrastrucure Deployment,
House Energy and Commerce,
National Association of Tower Erectors’,
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr,
New Report Addresses 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Communities of Color
A new paper published by the Brookings Institution addresses the potential impact of 5G deployment on communities of color. It says that, for communities of color that often lack reliable broadband access, 5G represents increased economic opportunity through improved access to social services, such as health care, education, transportation, energy, and employment.
Small Cell Wireless,
Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions,
Secure Telephone Identity Policy Administrator,