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A divided FCC votes to modernize school and library E-rate

Three Democratic FCC commissioners voted to modernize the E-rate program, adding an additional $2 billion to schools and libraries for improved Wi-Fi services. Read More »

FCC to expand rural broadband experiments

The FCC voted 5-0 today to appropriate up to $100 million to expand rural broadband through its Connect America Fund. Read More »

CWA petitions NY state to investigate telecommunications

This week, District 1 of the Communications Workers of America filed a petition to the New York State Public Service Commission requesting a formal investigation of the state of the telecommunications industry. Read More »

Wheeler’s E-Rate modernization proposal released

This past week, FCC Chairman Wheeler released a draft order outlining steps needed to bring the E-Rate program into the 21st century. Read More »

Education associations ask FCC to expand E-rate

Today, 13 major national education associations wrote to the FCC "to express our strong concerns with proposed changes we believe will only dilute an already over-subscribed E-rate Program [and fail] to meet the needs of urban, rural and low-density populated areas." Read More »

Wheeler vows to close school connectivity gap

"I believe," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, "we should put those resources to work now to meet our educators’ overwhelming pent-up demand for upgrading Wi-Fi at our schools and libraries." Read More »

FCC may redefine broadband

The FCC is soliciting comments on whether to raise the definition of broadband from 4Mbps downstream/1 up to 10 Mbps down/1 up, or even higher. Read More »

Federal appeals court OK’s FCC rural telephone plan

The Tenth Federal Circuit Court in Denver upheld the FCC’s right to use its $4.5 billion Connect America Fund to subsidize rural broadband. Read More »

A fair and open spectrum auction for rural America

To expand rural mobile broadband, said former House Telecommunications Chair Rick Boucher, “Don’t restrict the auction by cutting out companies that currently serve rural America and want to expand their presence there.” Read More »

Connect America Fund to extend broadband to 5 million rural homes

The FCC moved to use its Connect America Fund to expand broadband to 5 million Americans in rural areas. Read More »

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