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Posted in: broadband benefits, broadband service providers, E-911, public notice , public safety, social media
Date: 09.13.2017
Earlier this week I participated in a roundtable discussion at the FCC where issues related to situational awareness of 911 service outages were discussed among a diverse group of interested stakeholders. The discussion included representatives across the public safety community including service providers, 911 vendors, consumer...
Posted in: broadband benefits, Connect America Fund, Internet of Things, rural America, smart tech, technology
Date: 09.06.2017
Broadband is vital to America’s farmers and ranchers to support their livelihood, manage agricultural operations, and in turn, feed America. Agricultural Internet of Things (IoT) devices operating with broadband connectivity are giving farmers the capability to cultivate their land more efficiently. Agricultural technology monitors water...
Posted in: FCC, net neutrality, open internet, Open Internet rules
Date: 08.30.2017
More than 21.8 million comments later, it’s clear that the Federal Communications Commission’s latest efforts at net neutrality rules – the Restoring Internet Freedom Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – is the most commented upon proceeding in the agency’s history – even if the vast majority of those “comments...
Posted in: broadband outages, broadband service providers, consumers, emergency preparedness, FCC
Date: 08.30.2017
In times of crisis, it’s vitally important that people can communicate with loved ones and emergency responders, and the devastating storm that has overwhelmed Houston and other parts of the Gulf Coast has prompted non-stop efforts by broadband providers to keep residents online. Several USTelecom member companies have operations in and...
Posted in: broadband deployment, broadband service providers, CAF II, FCC, reports and studies, rural America, USTelecom news
Date: 08.29.2017
While broadband is widely deployed across the United States, availability continues to lag in rural areas compared to urban and suburban areas, according to the most current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband deployment data. As of mid-2016, 86 percent of rural households had access to wired broadband at any speed compared to 99...
Posted in: broadband deployment, business broadband, industry news, reports and studies, USTelecom news
Date: 08.28.2017
More Americans have choices between broadband service providers at faster speeds than four years ago, according to a new USTelecom / CensusNBM analysis of the most current Federal Communications Commission broadband deployment data. Nearly half of U.S. households now have access to download speeds of 25 Mbps from two or more wired broadband...
Posted in: broadband benefits, e-learning, Internet, online education
Date: 08.25.2017
When online classes were first introduced, many people didn’t understand the concept, much less the feasibility. Today, many prominent and prestigious schools and universities offer online coursework. A recent study estimates 3.5 million students were enrolled in online degree programs in 2016 – a number expected to grow to 5 million...
Posted in: broadband access, broadband deployment, broadband investment, digital, National Broadband Plan
Date: 08.23.2017
In his first remarks as FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai declared his highest priority: making sure every American who wants internet access can get it. Since that day, he has consistently taken steps toward that goal. A key component of the strategy to get there is fostering broadband infrastructure investment. He formed the Broadband Deployment...
Posted in: app, broadband benefits, Internet, wireless
Date: 08.23.2017
It’s college time! Students are flocking to campuses nationwide, excited about a year full of new friends, exciting adventures and enriched learning. Thanks to broadband connectivity, there are a host of eTools ready to support scholars as they navigate campuses and celebrate independence. The Life 360 app pinpoints the exact location of...
Posted in: broadband investment
Date: 08.18.2017
Earlier this week, President Trump issued a presidential executive order establishing “discipline and accountability” in the environmental review of infrastructure projects, including broadband. The executive order is narrowly focused on the environmental and permitting process for infrastructure projects, and creates a framework that...