Obama Cool and Connected Program to Use Broadband to Revitalize 10 Appalachian Towns

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Ten communities in six Appalachian states will receive technical assistance from an inter-agency Obama administration program aimed at using broadband to revitalize downtown areas.  The Obama Cool and Connected program taps resources within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Has Provided Low Cost Internet to 3 Million Americans

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Comcast has helped bridge the digital divide by helping provide low cost Internet access to some 750,000 low-income families – 3 million Americans – via its Comcast Internet Essentials program, according to a five-year progress report. Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee joined Comcast Senior Executive...Learn More

Next Century Cities Mayors Oppose Anti-Municipal Broadband Decision

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Forty-two mayors and city leaders have sent letters of support to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Wilson, North Carolina Mayor Bruce Rose, who are advocating to overturn an anti-municipal broadband decision made by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision put a halt...Learn More

New CBRS Alliance to Focus on LTE-Based Indoor, Outdoor Coverage

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The CBRS Alliance, announced yesterday, aims to “develop, market and promote” LTE-based offerings in the 3.5 GHz, also known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), band. Although much of the talk around the CBRS band has focused on using it to support fixed broadband...Learn More

Three FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Awardees Rejected Over Letters of Credit

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An FCC order released last week denies petitions from three entities that were provisionally awarded funding in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program because the awardees were unable to obtain satisfactory letters of credit — a decision that does not bode well for other provisional...Learn More

Appeals Court Municipal Broadband Decision Bad News for Publicly-Owned Networks

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Municipally-owned broadband networks suffered a blow yesterday when a federal appeals court struck down an order adopted by the FCC that reduced state-level restrictions against such networks. In the 25-page appeals court municipal broadband decision, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals argued that the...Learn More

Final FCC A-CAM Model Outlines $1 Billion in Annual Rural Broadband Support

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Final FCC A-CAM model details were released today, outlining the level of Connect America Fund (CAF) support the FCC is offering small rural rate-of-return (ROR) service providers to help cover the costs of bringing broadband to rural areas where service is not available today. The...Learn More

FCC Caller ID Spoofing Fines for $25,000 Each Proposed for Two Men

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The FCC intends to fine two New York City residents for allegedly using false caller ID numbers – a practice known as caller ID spoofing – under the The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009.The FCC caller ID spoofing fines would be for New...Learn More

Rural Senators Want FCC Business Data Service Rules Based on Cableco Information

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Data filed recently by the major U.S. cable companies should be taken into account when FCC business data service rules are revised, argue nine U.S. senators from rural states in a letter sent yesterday to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “Rural communities depend on robust investments...Learn More

Comcast Consumer Protection Lawsuit Could Cost Company More Than $100 Million

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Comcast is facing a consumer protection lawsuit in the state of Washington that could cost the company up to $100 million or more. The Comcast consumer protection lawsuit accuses the company of more than 1.8 million violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act, including misrepresenting...Learn More

FCC Acts on Retransmission Battle in $9.5M Sinclair Retransmission Consent Settlement

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, a television broadcaster operating 173 stations in 81 U.S. markets, will pay $9.495 million to resolve an FCC Media Bureau investigation involving retransmission consent. The FCC alleged that Sinclair retransmission consent negotiations were not conducted in good faith. The action is significant...Learn More

FCC Commissioner: Don’t Plan CAF Mobility Fund Without Planning Remote Area Fund

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The FCC should not plan for a CAF Mobility Fund without also planning the parameters for a Remote Area Fund (RAF), argued FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly in a blog post this week. The RAF is intended to help cover the costs of bringing broadband to...Learn More