FCC Begins the Transition of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program into the Affordable Connectivity Program

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Digital Beat https://www.benton.org/blog/fcc-begins-transition-emergency-broadband-benefit-program-affordable-connectivity-program?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters On November 18, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice seeking public comment on how to modify and extend the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to a longer-term broadband affordability program: the Affordable Connectivity Program. In the recently signed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Congress directed the FCC to make […]

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At least the internet hasn’t crashed: Ajit Pai on the FCC and COVID-19

Critics contend that the FCC could be doing more, but the chairman says industry has stepped up. Andrea PetersonMarch 20, 2020 In this disorienting and terrifying moment in American history, there’s one sliver of good news: The internet seems to be working. Internet providers in some hard-hit countries have asked users to ration their usage, […]

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Tell The Story We Know: Broadband Competition is Too Limited

I was General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission when it sought the preemption of state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that limited the ability of municipalities to promote broadband. We failed in that effort, but the case laid out the key facts. The FCC found that the provision of municipal broadband in Chattanooga, […]


FCC Affirms Robocall Blocking By Default to Protect Consumers

Press Release  |  Federal Communications Commission The Federal Communications Commission voted to make clear that voice service providers may aggressively block unwanted robocalls before they reach consumers. The FCC approved a Declaratory Ruling to affirm that voice service providers may, as the default, block unwanted calls based on reasonable call analytics, as long as their customers are informed […]


What Does the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Report Tell Us About the Digital Divide?

In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its eighth Broadband Deployment Report, its annual account of the state of broadband deployment that Section 706 of the Telecommunication Act requires. The so-called 706 report found that approximately 19 million Americans at the end of 2011 lacked access to high-speed internet access. This figure, the FCC concluded, […]