Inside Sources: Study Meant to Promote Municipally Owned Broadband Actually Does the Opposite

With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the persistent “digital divide” between low-income and rural Americans and the rest of the country, Congress is poised to allocate significant funding for broadband expansion. How it does so, however, will have a big effect on consumers and taxpayers. One strategy is to encourage municipalities to build and operate their […]

FCC Must Keep C-Band Auctions on Schedule

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided it would auction off a portion of spectrum to wireless internet providers. It is imperative that the FCC does not push back the planned December date so that 5G can be implemented as quickly as possible. In February 2020, the FCC announced they would auction licenses […]

FCC Must Keep C-Band Auctions on Schedule

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided it would auction off a portion of spectrum to wireless internet providers. It is imperative that the FCC does not push back the planned December date so that 5G can be implemented as quickly as possible. In February 2020, the FCC announced they would auction licenses […]

Political Spam Is a Growing Problem in Text Messaging

Text messaging has become one of the most widely-used and trusted communication platforms in the U.S. with more than 4 in 5 Americans texting regularly and 5.5 billion messages being exchanged every day. But a novel threat presents new challenges: political spam. In part, text messaging’s popularity is explained by the fact that users on […]

The Hill: America Could Super-Charge 5G Roll-Out: Here’s How

© istock If the COVID crisis has shown us anything, it is the importance of fast, reliable internet services to provide distance learning, e-commerce, teleconferencing, telehealth and other services. To that end, 5G is set to revolutionize communications technology for consumers and businesses. Read this op-ed in the Hill’s Congress Blog to understand How. https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/507911-america-could-super-charge-5g-roll-out-heres-how

Recap: Why the FCC Repack is Important for Consumers

Radio waves may be invisible to the naked eye, but the regulated spectrum of frequencies is one of America’s most important resources. To ensure that the nation’s infrastructure is ready to support emerging wireless technology, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently completed a spectrum ‘repack.’ In a webinar hosted earlier this week by the […]

Video: “Repacking the Airwaves” Event

Do you watch over-the-air television? If so, you might have seen a message over the past three years urging you to rescan your television. That’s because, for the past 39 months, the country has been moving through the “broadcast repack,” where some TV stations, following the FCC’s broadcast television incentive auction, switched their frequencies to […]

Medical Industry Deregulation Spurred by COVID-19 Should be Made Permanent

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government — along with many state governments — has moved to loosen regulations on medical licensing, telehealth, reimbursement, and FDA approvals. These measures have helped accelerate pharmaceutical innovation, expanded access to critical care, and empowered medical workers to focus more on patients than on red tape. These […]

Rethinking Old Broadband Subsidies

In the last decade, a multitude of ambitious programs to “bridge the digital divide” have been discussed and debated. Many of them have been implemented. Few of them have moved the needle, even as the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need to expand connectivity to unserved areas. In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expanded its […]

Economic Standard: Competitive Spectrum Policies Keep America Online

Video conferences, online classrooms, and telehealth have all become mainstream in 2020. This huge change has been made feasible by federal policies that focus on getting the most value out of America’s telecommunications resources. To replicate this success and avoid future waste, access to American spectrum needs to be competitive. The global coronavirus pandemic has […]