Rural broadband and C-band spectrum auctions cap successful run for FCC’s Ajit Pai

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched one of the biggest and most important wireless spectrum auctions in memory. The “C-band” is a large swath of airwaves perfectly positioned to catapult 5G wireless to ....

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Should traditional or social media content include warnings about misinformation?

The debate over whether social media platforms should be held accountable for ensuring the content they carry is “truthful” (whatever that means — perhaps “not fake news” is a better description) continues to rage. Since ....

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Don’t call them data caps: A deep dive on usage-based broadband pricing

Last week, Comcast announced plans to expand its existing usage-based broadband pricing model to northeastern markets, prompting a fresh wave of criticism by some long-time opponents of the practice. But setting aside these critics’ loaded ....

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3 broadband mistakes that Biden should avoid

As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to “expand broadband, or wireless broadband via 5G, to every American.” We could pick at his wording, but we know that “every American” is an acceptable overstatement during ....

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The FCC’s work on light-touch regulation and spectrum allocation continues to enable the internet and technologies of the future

Under Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) work on light-touch regulation and spectrum allocation has made a big difference in helping advance next-generation technologies. The policy changes made by the current FCC have ....

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Will lockdown-induced data usage patterns prevail?

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, telecommunications network operators reported unprecedented increases in network usage as consumers embraced the realities of life under lockdown. Verizon, for example, reported a 22 percent increase in total data traffic ....

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Governor Ivey Allocates $100 Million for Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students

Governor Kay Ivey has allocated $100 million in CARES Act funding for a public-private partnership to increase access to internet for K-12 students attending school in the fall who may need internet service for distance ....

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Reaching the broadband end zone: Going the last 5 yards

We’ve recounted the many ways the pandemic revealed the superlative capacity, coverage, and robustness of the American internet. COVID-19 has even spurred accelerations of long-overdue innovations, such as telemedicine. But intense reliance on network connectivity ....

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