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The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FL PSC shield imageFlorida PSC Releases Report on Status of Competition

The Florida PSC released a report showing that more Florida consumers are choosing cutting edge communications technologies while landline phones continue to disappear. 

“Many Florida consumers now live in wireless only homes and use wireless and broadband services,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “As the pace for technological innovation quickens, companies are investing in advanced technologies that best serve the diverse needs of today’s consumers, while also boosting Florida’s economic growth.”

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Topics: VoIP, broadband, NUSF, Nebraska Wireless Registry Rules, Florida Report on the Status of Competition, FCC Cable Franchising Rules

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 10, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

FCC front doors angle-1FCC Authorizes Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Support for 856 Winning Bids

The FCC announced that it has authorized $166.8 million in funding to expand broadband over the next decade to unserved rural homes and businesses in 22 states, representing the second wave of support from last year’s successful Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.

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Topics: rural broadband, broadband, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, CAF Phase II Auction Support

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, June 7, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

us-capitol-building-and-congressUS Senate Oversight Hearing

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced the committee will convene a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibilities, this hearing will examine policy issues before the Federal Communications Commission and review its ongoing activities and proceedings.  All five FCC Commissioners are expected to testify.

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Topics: broadband, FTC, high-cost support, ISPs, internet service providers, U.S. Senate Oversight of the FCC, Colorado Net Neutrality

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, June 3, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

arts_idahocapitolbuildingIdaho Governor Launches Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Effort

In a press release the Governor announced that he signed an executive order today, establishing the Idaho Broadband Task Force to improve connectivity and broadband infrastructure across Idaho.  “In a data-driven society, connectivity is imperative for a vital economy,” Governor Little said.  “Improved broadband infrastructure ensures both urban and rural Idaho will be connected and well-positioned to attract business and enhance our citizens’ quality of life.”  Governor Little directed the task force to come up with recommendations by November on ways the state can assist in furthering Idaho’s connectivity and speeds. Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey will chair the task force.  The group will focus its efforts on mapping Idaho’s existing services and identifying gaps in Idaho’s broadband infrastructure. Read More
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Topics: broadband, FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection, 689 Area Code

The Regulatory Mix - Monday, May 20, 2019

Posted by Cory Garone

AR State Capitol buildingArkansas State Broadband Plan Released

The Governor of Arkansas released a the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, which sets a goal to deploy high-speed broadband to all Arkansas communities with more than 500 residents by 2022. The high-speed broadband would have a rate of 25 megabits per second for download and 3 megabits per second for upload. 

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Topics: rural broadband, broadband, Arkansas State Broadband Plan, Data Collection for Broadband

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

Rural Broadband w tablet imageFCC Authorizes Funding for First CAF II Auction Winners

The FCC has authorized nearly $111.6 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 37,148 unserved rural homes and businesses in 12 states representing the first wave of support from last year’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction.  Providers will begin receiving funding this month. 

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Topics: broadband, CAF II, FTC Competition and Consumer Protection Hearings

The Regulatory Mix - Friday, January 11, 2019

Posted by Amy Gross

5G image for blogsNew 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.  Read More
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Topics: broadband, ATIS, IoT, Small Cell Wireless, robocalling, 5G, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, STI-PA, SHAKEN protocol, caller ID, Secure Telephone Identity Policy Administrator, Brookings Institution

The Regulatory Mix - Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Posted by Amy Gross

Today:  Oklahoma OUSF, VoIP and Broadband, Pennsylvania Competition Rulemaking, USDA Rural Broadband Grant Program

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Topics: rural broadband, VoIP, broadband, OUSF, Pennsylvania Competitive Wire Centers, USDA Rural Broadband Grants, Oklahoma High Cost Fund, HCF

The Regulatory Mix - Thursday, June 14, 2018

Posted by Cory Garone

Today:  Winners of the FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility, FCC Commissioner Carr on Rural Telemedicine  

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Topics: rural broadband, broadband, Telemedicine, telemedicine in rural areas, accessibility and independence for blind, IBM AbilityLab

The Regulatory Mix - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Posted by Cory Garone

Today:  Mayors Confront Net Neutrality, New USAC Board Member, FCC Accenture Report on Wireless Infrastructure

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Topics: Net Neutrality, broadband, Deployment of Small Cell Infrastructure, Mayors Collaborate with a Free Press, FCC's Wireless Infrastructure Order, New USAC Board Member Sarah Freeman, Accenture Report on Wireless Infrastructure

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