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U.S. will launch $3.2 billion temporary broadband subsidy May 12
April 29, 2021: The Federal Communications Commission said it will launch on May 12 a temporary $3.2 billion program to provide lower-income Americans with discounts on monthly internet service and on purchasing laptops or tablet computers.
NAB Show Premiere Online Event Set for April
March 29, 2021: The 2021 NAB Show is delayed until October, but NAB is offering a virtual alternative to its usual spring gathering, the newly announced NAB Show Premiere. This 10-day virtual event will take place from April 12-23 and offer exclusive content through NAB Amplify.
Jeffries analyst says rural broadband market is ripe for investment
March 24, 2021: The Covid-19 pandemic combined with the trend of people leaving cities to live in rural areas is putting pressure on the U.S. government to fix the digital divide and that is resulting in lots of money being designated for rural broadband.
House Schedules LIFT Act Hearing
March 16, 2021: “The LIFT America Act will help build back a better economy by investing in clean and efficient energy, safe drinking water, expanded access to broadband, and improving our nation’s health care infrastructure," said House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).
Local Officials Push FCC's Rosenworcel for Digital 'Redlining' Investigation
March 16, 2021: Local elected officials and some community organizations from across the country have written to acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel asking the FCC to investigate digital "redlining" as well as to restore the Title II classification of internet access service, suggesting both will help close the racial justice divide.
Auton Achieves Field Trial Success of Its Connected Car Technology
March 10, 2021: Auton, Inc., the developer of a new mobile broadband solution for connected cars, and WatchTV, an owner and operator of broadcast internet facilities, today jointly announced the successful testing of Auton’s connected car technology as part of its ongoing development efforts to deploy a new nationwide broadband mobile data network.
FCC Establishes Framework for $3.2 Billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and Announces Initial Milestones
March 5, 2021: On February 25, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) unanimously adopted a Report and Order (EBB Order) that established the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program), a $3.2 billion initiative to provide subsidized broadband services and devices to low-income households during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook pledges $1 billion investment in news over next 3 years
February 24, 2021: Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would be investing $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years, a week after a standoff with Australia over new laws that would require it to pay publishers to share their content.
Here's the place that will make or break Biden's $20 billion broadband plan
February 19, 2021: Biden's broadband plan faces a serious test case in Appalachia's digital divide, where a potent mix of extreme poverty, lack of infrastructure and poor data present tremendous hurdles to the president's dream of closing the broadband gap.
CEO Chris Ripley Likes Sinclair’s Gamble on Local Content
February 8, 2021: Multichannel News talked with Sinclair president and CEO Chris Ripley about some of the industry’s big-picture issues, including retransmission consent, consolidation, regional sports networks, NextGen TV technology and stations getting into the national news business.
Service-boosting ATSC 3.0 technology clears ‘important hurdle’ with FCC ruling
January 27, 2021: In its final major decision of the Trump era, the FCC issued a Report and Order Jan. 19 setting new technical standards for the distributed transmission systems that public broadcasters hope to use to provide more robust ATSC 3.0 digital signals to more viewers
Google Invests $5.9M In Local News Diversity Projects
December 15, 2020: Google has announced the recipients of the second round of the 2020 GNI Innovation Challenge for North America. The 33 projects tackle diversity, equity and inclusion in local news.
FCC Terminates Proceeding to Dedicate TV Channel in Each Market to Unlicensed Wireless Use
December 9, 2020: In terminating the proceeding, the FCC looked at the TV spectrum following the repack and determined that there were numerous TV markets in which there was no vacant UHF channel to dedicate to these wireless users.