As inflation spirals, U.S. among leaders in mobile broadband affordability

Just six years ago, a third of the global population was using mobile broadband. By the end of 2020, over half did. With the COVID-19 pandemic speeding up the digital transformation of the economy and spurring interest in the affordability of mobile broadband, independent economic firm Oxford Economics published a timely and groundbreaking study on wireless affordability […]

FCC’s spectrum auction authority deserves to be a priority

As Congress passes short-term funding solutions to temporarily avoid a government shutdown, another deadline is looming. The Federal Communication Commission’s (FFC) auctioning authority is set to expire today, Dec. 16. This authority allows the agency to auction wireless spectrum for mobile networks. Instead of reauthorizing this authority in a timely manner, Congress has waited until the last […]

The Hill: FCC Needs Spectrum Auction Reauthorization

Once again, the expiration of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) ability to auction spectrum is on the chopping block come Dec. 16, and it’s a looming deadline that Congress needs to pay attention to. Fortunately, Congress has a long history of bipartisan support in reauthorizing auction authority and now is the time for action. To […]

Broadband Grant Tax Treatment Act would help Congress keep promises on internet access

In late September, a group of six U.S. senators led by Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the Broadband Grant Tax Treatment Act (BGTTA). The bill is designed to amend the Internal Revenue Code so that federal funding previously allocated for the rollout of broadband would not be considered taxable income.  Due to […]

Big Tech isn’t the death knell for local news

“Big Tech” has become the catch-all scapegoat for almost every perceived ill imaginable. Depending on who you talk to, companies under this umbrella are turning kids transgender, disrupting democracy or even perpetuating income inequality. The latest claim is that Big Tech is contributing to the decline of journalism outlets. Proposed legislation would seek to bail out these small news […]

FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee Issues a Report on Illegal and Unwanted Text Messages

Last April, the Federal Communications Commission requested, in a Charge Letter, that its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC), Chaired by ACI’s Steve Pociask, examine the problem of illegal and unwanted text messages (pertaining to CGB Docket 02-278) and submit its findings in a Report to the Commission by August 31, 2022.  After months of work, the […]

The FAA Delays More Than Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced last month that Verizon and AT&T have agreed to delay some C-Band 5G usage until July 2023, as air carriers work to ensure they will not face interference. Licensed spectrum forms the core of mobile networks, whose applications in fields like national security, education, health care and business offer technological […]

Policy Scholars Tell Senate: Auction 12 GHz Spectrum

Today, a number of public policy experts sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking them to take the currently underutilized 12 GHz spectrum and put that spectrum up for auction. The letter supports the reuse of this spectrum for boosting 5G and 6G consumer services. You can read the full letter online.

As Inflation Rages, Broadband Prices Fall

Confronted with the unfortunate reality that inflation is here to stay for the foreseeable future, American consumers may be interested to learn that there is at least one service that has not experiencing price increases — broadband internet. According to the third installment of a new report by US Telecom, the 2022 Broadband Pricing Index, […]