Economic Growth

The Senate Should Pass the House Spectrum Bill

Without Congressional reauthorization, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will lose its general spectrum auction authority at the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Congress has never allowed this to happen, and it should not do so now. Taking the initiative, the House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a…

Automation: America’s Key to Future Prosperity

by Rich Sill   Many people are concerned over whether the United States can maintain its global economic dominance, and especially about its influence on the world stage while also concerned about labor shortages in the current job market. Although they may not come to fruition for many years, advancements…

Utility Poles Create Unexpected Barriers to Broadband Deployment

By: Katie McAuliffe The past year saw consumer demand for broadband access at an all-time high. Broadband providers have also been itching to continue investing enormous levels of capital to expand service to new and underserved areas. Despite having the supply and the demand, there has been one…

Digital Liberty Joins Coalition Opposing Wasteful Expansion of E-Rate

Today Digital Liberty signed onto a letter opposing the FCC’s attempt to expand the E-Rate program for the use of remote learning.  Remote learning during the pandemic is an important mission. Our students want to stay in school, that is why Congress has already given nearly $70 billion in…

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…

Unleashing 5G Potential

By: Laurel Duggan President Trump has announced his plan to make 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum available for commercial 5G deployment. By enabling widespread adoption of 5G, this will promote innovation and economic opportunity while bolstering our national security.  The administration has collaborated with the Department of Defense to ensure that these…

Better Mapping to Bridge the Digital Divide

By: Katie McAuliffe The FCC estimates that out of a population of nearly 330 million, only  19 million Americans—about 6% of our population—lack access to high speed internet. The lack of access is most highly concentrated in rural areas, where about one-fourth of rural populations are without high-speed fixed internet. Congress and…

Tech & Telecom Networks Support America through COVID-19

Katie McAuliffe Amidst the panic and uncertainty of the Covid-19 crisis, a silver lining has been the resilience shown by the American people. The doctors, nurses, and paramedics fighting Covid-19 on the frontlines are being praised for their public service. However, with resources already stretched thin, medical service workers…

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.