Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden will also fill the empty Democratic slot on the commission by nominating Gigi Sohn, a longtime consumer advocate who was an FCC official during the Obama years.

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden's plan also seeks to "promote price transparency and competition among internet providers, including by lifting barriers that prevent municipally owned or affiliated providers and rural electric co-ops from competing on an even playing field with private providers, and requiring internet providers to clearly disclose the prices they charge."

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Under the text of the new law, schools that get funding would distribute it to students and staff to pay for broadband service and equipment at "locations that include locations other than the school."

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

Photograph: NetgearThe idea behind 4G LTE at home is pretty simple at its core: Deliver internet access to your home in the same way that your phone gets online when it's away from Wi-Fi. If you've ever tried to connect your laptop to a hot spot running from your phone, then you know what's involved, together with all the potential pros (wireless internet access anywhere) and cons (interference and bandwidth issues).

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

Given that more than 33 percent of Lifeline recipients qualify under the SNAP program, it follows that large numbers of eligible Americans are being denied benefits.

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

The FCC has already spent billions on programs like Connect America Fund, which helps pay for broadband infrastructure in underserved communities, and the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes access to telecommunications services, but Sanders and Warren argue that too much of the money from these programs go to large, for-profit carriers.

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court also ruled that the FCC hadn’t adequately considered how repealing the net neutrality rules would affect public safety, utility pole regulations, and an FCC program that subsidizes phone and internet service for low-income families.

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

The tool grew out of Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative, which researches policy issues like the economic impact of broadband access and expanding broadband in rural and low-income communities.

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

“There is great power in us,” said Rosenworcel, one of two FCC members who in 2017 voted against repealing the Obama-era rules that prohibited internet service providers from intentionally slowing or blocking web traffic.

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Given that at a minimum 6 percent of all Americans and nearly 25 percent of rural residents don’t have either fixed or mobile broadband coverage today, these numbers appear to be nothing more than an enticement for the Trump FCC to declare a fake victory in the so-called race to 5G.Pai also points favorably to the companies’ vow not to raise prices on its services for three years after the merger is consummated.

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

As a satellite internet operator, one of SpaceX’s biggest challenges will be differentiating itself from other broadband constellations that will be operating in low Earth orbit, says Roger Rusch, president of TelAstra, a consulting firm that advises investors in the satellite industry.

SpaceX Satellites Will Fly Low to Prevent Space Junk

SpaceX Satellites Will Fly Low to Prevent Space Junk

SpaceX has received Federal Communications Commission approval to halve the orbital altitude of more than 1,500 planned broadband satellites in order to lower the risk of space debris and improve latency.

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Pai said Friday the FCC will hold the largest auction for wireless spectrum licenses in US history in December, making 3,400 megahertz of spectrum available to carriers for 5G networks.

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Moreover, the majority of those gaining access to such high-speed connections, approximately 5.6 million, live in rural America, where broadband deployment has traditionally lagged." Pai's press release also says that private Internet providers have "responded to FCC reforms by deploying fiber to 5.9 million new homes in 2018, the largest number ever recorded." However, much of that may have come from a multi-year fiber deployment that AT&T began during the Obama administration.

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Republicans said during the hearing that the Obama FCC's net neutrality regime led internet providers to decrease their investment in broadband infrastructure.

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

Area schools are handing out Chromebooks, doctors are exploring tele­medicine, and people no longer need to hoof it to a library for faster connections.In one sense, this is merely a story about how to end the rural-urban digital divide: Don’t rely on big corporations, and instead help locals band together with the kind of government grants or low-cost loans that helped bring electrification in the 1930s.

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could HelpReliable broadband is not guaranteed in southern Utah, a region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons.john lambing/AlamyBefore and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom.