June 14, 2017

President Trump plans to renominate Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC; Statement from Chairman Ajit Pai following the announcement. | White House Press ReleaseFCC Press Release 

Proposed universal service contribution factor for the third quarter of 2017 will be 0.171 or 17.1 percent. | FCC Public Notice

FCC announces updated list of census blocks eligible for Connect America Phase II Support | Public Notice

FCC releases updated Form 477 data on fixed broadband deployment as of June 30, 2016. | Public Notice 

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) added to the list of health care providers eligible to receive Rural Health Care (RHC) Program support. | FCC Order

Podcast with Lev Gonick: Transforming "Legacy Cities:"  Many communities that were built on a 20th century manufacturing base now face the challenge of transitioning to a digital economy. Communities everywhere need strategies and practical programming that support their transition. | Aidpreneur

"According to Akamai’s research, broadband speeds in America over the last five years have increased from an average peak connection speed of 23.4 Mbps to 86.5 Mbps. This near quadrupling of internet speeds in just five years is the result of constant innovation cycles and aggressive deployment of new technologies across the country. Thanks to the constant process of growth and improvement, Gigabit cities are springing up across the country in both urban and rural communities, further driving average speeds into the stratosphere. | NCTA; Tales of the Sausage Factory on this "Virtuous Cycle"

"Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is awarding four loans to help provide broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas." | USDA

"Altice USA Expects IPO to Price Between $27 and $31 a Share; Broadband provider said stock has been approved for listing on the NYSE under the symbol ‘ATUS’" | WSJ

FCC issues Public Notice "to remind [wireless] licensees of their buildout obligations—in particular, their existing obligations to timely meet the construction and coverage deadlines set forth in the Commission’s rules." | FCC Public Notice 

The WISP Dilemma:  Among the WISPs that are delivering slow broadband, most have no easy or affordable access to a fiber backbone and some include multiple 'hops' between wireless towers. Other issues include age of wireless equipment and terrain. | POTs and PANs

"Sprint’s Latest Salvo in Wireless Price War: Free, Unlimited Service" | WSJ

Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit Court "struck down regulations that cap the soaring cost of phone calls made by prison inmates, in another rollback of Obama-era telecommunications rules." | N.Y. Times; Statement from Commissioner Clyburn
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