March 30, 2017

FCC Chairman Pai to eliminate the federal designation process that created an alternative approval process for companies to participate in the FCC's Lifeline program; Will deny dozens of applications from small and rural Internet providers that are currently pending at the FCC.  Eliminating federal designation process will preclude many broadband providers from participating in the FCC's Lifeline program going forward. | View Pai Statement HERE; Washington Post 

"With Washington’s Blessing, Telecom Giants Can Mine Your Web History; Congress’s repeal of FCC privacy rules could be data boon for Verizon, Comcast, AT&T" | WSJ

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to Speak at Next Century Cities' Digital Southwest in Mesa, AZ on April 18, 2017.  Hear from broadband champions from federal, state, and local government, as well as community leaders and broadband policy experts from the Southwest and across the nation. | Learn more HERE 

Jonathan Chambers Op-Ed: "To jumpstart broadband buildout, let consumers decide who gets FCC subsidies" | Daily Yonder

Why updating tech infrastructure is as critical as updating roads and bridges. | NextGov

"FirstNet Partners with AT&T to Build $46.5 Billion Wireless Broadband Network for America’s First Responders" | Department of Commerce Press Release

"FCC denies a Motion for Extension of Time to File Reply Comments on WTB's Public Notice regarding Streamlining Deployment of Small Cell Infrastructure by Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies. Motion was filed by NATOA, United States Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and others.  The April 7, 2017 reply comment date will remain unchanged" | FCC Order

Susan Crawford Op-Ed: "[P]lans are being implemented at the FCC and at least 17 state legislatures to block cities from constraining uses of their rights-of-way by private cellular companies for 5G deployments that — you guessed it — are coming any day now. In other words, if a city wants to set up a fair and competitive system that favors competitors, citizens, and long-range goals instead of the interests of a single big company—well, that would be illegal." | Medium
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