The Agriculture Department has launched several efforts to help connect rural communities with high-speed broadband services, an agency official recently told a Congressional panel.
In a July 23 advisory, the Federal Communications Commission said the Open Internet Transparency Rule, which has been in force since 2011, still applies to all ISPs whether they're cable, telephone, satellite, and fixed and mobile wireless providers.
A new bipartisan House bill directs the Federal Communications Commission to determine if some spectrum bands can be set aside specifically for wireless devices such as laptop and tablet computers.
The Federal Communications Commission is moving to improve the reliability of emergency calls and add new, long-delayed capabilities such as emergency texting, the agency's chairman recently wrote in a blog post.
Although the Federal Communications Commission has begun making funding reforms to a program to support both telephone and broadband service in rural areas, congressional investigators said the agency needs to do a better job in collecting and analyzing data to gauge the program's effectiveness.
The Federal Communications Commission will add an additional $5 billion to a program to help provide high-speed, WiFi connections to every library and school in the United States.
Data collected from the various experiments will provide input into the FCC's broader effort to expand rural broadband through its Connect America Fund program.
The Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a joint public notice July 11, seeking input in creating a so-called "Model City" program, which is an outgrowth of a White House report about how spectrum can be better used to spur economic growth.
The plan, proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, would pump an additional $5 billion into the commission's ongoing E-Rate program to extend high-speed WiFi services. His plan is slated for a vote on July 11.
Next year the Canadian government will auction off more wireless spectrum to boost competition and cut mobile device costs. Beginning in 2015 the Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS-3) spectrum will be opened to wireless firms. According to Canadian government officials, AWS-3 is well suited for providing reliable high-speed connectivity for smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.