DISH Sinclair Retransmission Battle Results in 129 Stations Going Dark on DISH

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Updated at 9:40p ET 8/26/15 with Restoration Announcement Updated at 1:55p ET 8/26/15 with FCC Response The retransmission wars hit a new high this week, resulting in the “largest local channel blackout in the history of television,” according to a DISH press release. Sinclair, one...Learn More

Low-Income Broadband for Seniors: Comcast Internet Essentials Expanded

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“I was totally ignorant of the whole computer thing . . . and terrified of it,” says a senior citizen in a video from Comcast promoting the company’s low-income Internet Essentials program, which the company has been expanding to include low-income senior citizens. “I’m learning...Learn More

FairPoint Accepts CAF Support of $37.4 Million Annually, Rejects Two States

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Updated August 20th with information about Hawaiian Telcom Add FairPoint Communications to the list of carriers that have accepted Connect America Fund dollars in exchange for agreeing to bring broadband to portions of their local service territories where broadband isn’t available today or is available...Learn More

FCC Proposes Retransmission Reform, Looks at ‘Distant Signals’

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One of the most contentious issues in the video industry today is retransmission consent. FCC Chairman Wheeler just jumped into the middle of it. The practice, where video service providers (VSPs) and local broadcasters negotiate a per-subscriber fee for the delivery of local stations to...Learn More

Is Rise Broadband the New Carrier of Last Resort?

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Rise Broadband issued a press release yesterday touting the $16.9 million it will receive through the FCC rural broadband experiment program.  The company plans to use broadband wireless to bring broadband to areas in price cap territories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas –...Learn More

$11 Million Released to FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Winners

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The FCC on Friday released rural broadband experiment funding to four entities that were provisionally awarded funding back in late 2014. The four entities – Skybeam, Consolidated Communications Networks, Delta Communications and Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative – will receive a total of $11,273,764 in support to...Learn More

FCC Broadband Progress Report May Include Mobile

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The FCC has launched an inquiry that seeks comments as to whether or not consumer access to both mobile and fixed broadband should be the new standard that guides and informs its annual assessment of U.S. broadband deployment. Released in February, the FCC’s 2015 Broadband...Learn More

Copper Retirement Gets FCC Go-Ahead – With Strings Attached

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As expected, the FCC today formalized requirements for telecom service providers that want to retire copper network infrastructure – a move that drew a mixed and passionately-argued response from stakeholders. In an order adopted at today’s FCC meeting, the commission said service providers seeking to...Learn More

Windstream Accepts CAF Funding of $175 Million, Declines New Mexico

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Windstream today said it would accept the majority of the funding offered to it in Phase 2 of the Connect America Fund program to cover some of the costs of bringing broadband to rural areas of its local service territory that currently lack Internet connectivity...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Doubles Speed, Adds Free Wi-Fi Router

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Comcast said today it is doubling the speed of its low-income Internet Essentials broadband service at no extra cost and adding a free Wi-Fi router to the offering. The cable company also will expand eligibility for the program and conduct a trial of a discounted...Learn More

Brief Outlines Arguments Against Broadband Reclassification

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A July 30th brief filed by several U.S. telcos and telecom organizations with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia summarizes the arguments that the parties will use in attempting to overturn the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II...Learn More

USDA Accepting Rural Broadband Loan Applications

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The USDA is accepting applications for rural broadband loans using funding provided through the 2014 Farm Bill. The minimum loan amount is $100,000 and the maximum is $20 million. Applicants must serve areas where at least 15% of households cannot get broadband service. The USDA...Learn More