Broadband

Washington State High Court Makes Americans Responsible for State Taxes, Too

By: Joseph Murgida Protecting federal tax dollars from paying another state’s taxes is one of the most fundamental constitutional protections that our federal judiciary has enshrined over the past two hundred years. As early as 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall explained in the unanimous, landmark decision of McCulloch v. Maryland that “the power…

FCC’s New Broadband Coverage Maps Are a Great First Step 

By allowing ISPs to establish a baseline and then crowdsourcing corrections and challenges, the FCC will maximize the accuracy of the data it is collecting. Doing so through an iterative process will enable them to refine the data over time and give consumers and policymakers an ever-improving tool to determine need.

Secretary Raimondo Testifies to Senate Commerce Committee about Broadband and Chips  

By Rich Sill   Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo testified at a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on April 27th regarding the budget for broadband deployment and domestic semiconductor production. At the meeting, she informed committee members of the Biden Administration’s commitment to prioritizing broadband…

United States Continues to Outpace Europe on Broadband

By Rich Sill   As the United States continues to innovate and expand its broadband infrastructure from sea to shining sea, it should not be looking to Europe for guidance. For years, the European Union has been behind the United States in broadband deployment, adoption, investment, and competition due to valuing…

FCC Adds “Broadband Nutritional Labels,” Removes China Unicom

By Rich Sill  The Federal Communications Commission held an open meeting on January 27th to vote on several proposed new rules.  The first item on the agenda was to require broadband companies to provide important information to customers before they purchase broadband. This information includes prices, data speed, and data allowances. Broadband companies would present this information…

Broadband Expanded to More Americans with Private Sector Investment

By: Noah Vehafric As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the new year, one of the lessons we can takeaway is how important having access to broadband is. Americans use broadband to work, see healthcare providers and students use it to learn – all from their home. Families and communities without…

American Broadband Keeps Improving

By: Laurel Duggan Broadband access has been a top priority for President Trump. A recent progress report reveals the stunning progress his administration has made on this front. Four million rural Americans have gained access to broadband during his presidency thus far, and the number of Americans without access…

ETC Regulation Stifles Broadband Expansion

By: Laurel Duggan Innovation has driven transformative change in telecommunications. The government is struggling to keep up. As communications providers expand into unserved areas, a regulation written a full decade before the invention of the iPhone is slowing them down and driving up their costs. The Universal Support Fund (USF) aims…

FCC Makes Headway in Shared Spectrum

The FCC announced on Monday, September 16th that it would approve five spectrum access system administrators to begin initial commercial deployments in the 3.5 GHz band.

Coming this August: More Broadband for Small Businesses

The House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure met June 25 to hear testimony from a group of rural telecommunications providers on improving the quality of current broadband maps to collect more accurate broadband coverage data.