The COVID-19 pandemic brought on a new kind of reality, the digital-everything kind of reality, where everything from schools to doctor visits, business meetings, and happy hours have shifted online. It has reminded us of the importance of broadband access and the need to enable the use of promising technologies such as TV white spaces […]
The use of TV white spaces (TVWS) — the unused spectrum in between TV channels — has brought telehealth services to residents in Logan, OH, broadband access to a remotely located elementary school in Claudeville, VA, and a smart grid to Plumas County, CA. Meanwhile more than 25 percent of people living in rural United States lack […]
Experts can quibble about the pros and cons of such government largesse — after all, it is not the business community’s fault that the virus shuttered much of the U.S. and global economies. But what is not up for debate is that our nation will be forever altered. Many firms will not survive, and many […]
On March 21st, the Maine Legislature announced the approval of $15 million in broadband Internet funding for rural and underserved areas. The intention is to expand broadband infrastructure, which will ultimately lead to economic development, and provide benefits like telemedicine to underserved communities. But the proposal is only a mere tactic that uses the current […]
Initiatives to keep America online need to take into account the ways in which diverse communities access the net. Policy needs to be cognizant of intermodal competition of broadband services. However, a proposed spending bill does not do this, which makes it a scheme for lawmakers and not low-income consumers. You can read this op-ed […]
Today, ACI joined a coalition of nonprofit organizations to support the use of TV White Space technology to provide broadband services in the U.S., particularly in rural America. The coalition letter was filed with the Federal Communications Commission and is available online.
Today, ACI filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) docket seeking to refresh the record in its “Restoring Internet Freedom” order. In our comments, ACI commended the FCC’s efforts to support light-touch regulations, which preserves an open Internet and promotes consumer choice and benefits for consumers. You can read the entire filing online.
Today, ACI filed Ex Parte comments with the Federal Communications Commission in regards to the allocation of wireless spectrum. ACI stressed the importance of spectrum requirements for both licensed 5G broadband services and for unlicensed uses. You can read the entire FCC filing online.
With everyone facing a global pandemic and citywide lockdowns, millions of shops, restaurants, fitness centers, houses of worship, schools, and universities have shut down. What has emerged, however, are millions of workers reliant on their internet services to telework, teleconference, and conduct business communications and commercial transactions. Consumers are signing up for exercise webinars and […]
The following is a statement by Steve Pociask, president and CEO for the American Consumer Institute: “The FCC’s decision to move forward with the C-band auction before the end of 2020, and provide incumbents with incentive payments to clear bands by 2021, is a win for America in the race to 5G. Mid-band spectrum is […]