Verizon E-Rate Settlement: Carrier to Pay More than $17 Million to USF Program

+
A Verizon E-rate settlement announced yesterday calls for the carrier to pay $17.68 million to settle cases by the FCC and the U.S. Justice Department for possible violations of FCC bidding rules under the E-rate program. Most of the settlement — $17.325 million will be...Learn More

Microsoft TechSpark Puts a Full Court Press on Rural Broadband

+
The Microsoft TechSpark initiative, which kicked off in Fargo, North Dakota late yesterday, aims to use technology to boost local economies outside the country’s major metropolitan areas. The five-faceted program will include deployment of the Airband fixed wireless technology that Microsoft has been promoting, as...Learn More

FCC Hurricane Relief Taps USF for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

+
The FCC will tap $76.9 million from the universal service fund (USF) for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This FCC hurricane relief funding will help the U.S. territories rebuild communications infrastructure destroyed or damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. “The...Learn More

ACA’s TV Ransom Campaign Highlights Rising Retransmission Consent Fees

6
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Cable Act, which launched the retransmission consent process for local broadcast channels, the American Cable Association (ACA) has put an interesting spin on the very painful process – ransom. Their TV Ransom campaign aims to highlight the...Learn More

David-vs-Goliath Battle Ahead for CBRS Spectrum, Better Fixed Wireless Broadband in Play

+
The FCC will vote later this month to explore rule changes for the 3550-3700 MHz spectrum band, known as the CBRS band, including the possibility of larger license areas for longer time periods. According to supporters, CBRS spectrum rule changes would facilitate the deployment of...Learn More

Report: Google Missed Deadlines and Other Challenges Lead Some to Question Google Gigabit Value

2
Google failed to deploy gigabit internet and video service to parts of the Kansas City metro area in the timeframe it promised, according to a report published by local media outlet Kansas City Star. According to the report, the Kansas Corporation Commission confirmed that Google...Learn More

NTCA Joins Broadband Access Coalition to Boost Fixed Wireless Broadband Services in Rural and Underserved Areas

+
Philadelphia, Pa. (September 27, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today joined the Broadband Access Coalition (BAC) in its effort to petition the FCC to authorize a licensed, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) fixed wireless service in the underutilized 3.7 – 4.2 GHz spectrum band. The proposed licensing scheme and...Learn More

FCC Wireless Report Finds Competitive Market, New Satellite Rules to be Considered

+
The FCC today voted to accept a report from its wireless competition bureau stating that the U.S. mobile wireless market is competitive, making it the first FCC wireless report to make that finding in several years. In addition, the commission adopted a report and order...Learn More

Fixed Wireless Market Report: Subscribers to Double to 8 Million by 2021, Generating $5.2B

+
The U.S. fixed wireless market is comprised of 2,000 network operators averaging 1,200 customers each, according to a new report from analyst firm The Carmel Group. Several major companies also have announced plans to offer fixed wireless service – including Google, AT&T, Verizon and Windstream,...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

1
Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the FCC to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction. The CAF II auction will award funding rejected by price cap carriers in parts of 20 states. The auction is designed to award funding to...Learn More

TIA, QuEST Forum to Merge

+
In a consolidation of two associations dedicated to the interests of the telecommunications industry, QuEST Forum will become part of The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). When the definitive TIA, QuEST Forum agreement is finalized, the QuEST Forum “community will become an active part of TIA,”...Learn More

Report: School Broadband Availability Improving, But Rural Fiber Still Lagging

+
School broadband availability has increased dramatically as a result of changes made several years ago to the FCC E-rate program, with 94% of schools now providing connectivity at rates of at least 100 kbps per student, says a report released today from non-profit organization Education...Learn More

Don’t Miss Any of Our Content

What’s happening with broadband and why is it important? Find out by subscribing to Telecompetitor’s newsletter today.

You have Successfully Subscribed!