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 […]
It’s been more than two decades since President Bill Clinton championed the goal of making affordable Internet access a universal reality in America. With each passing year, the economic and social inequalities caused by the “digital divide” grow more acute. To meet this challenge, Congress needs to reassess its approach and learn from its past mistakes. You […]
Closing the digital divide is key to improving the country’s resiliency in times of crisis. Yet, accelerating spectrum allocation and deployment is crucial to closing the digital gap and preventing the further deepening of the divide. As the crisis continues to unfold and the demand for increased Internet access and 5G deployment keeps surging, it […]
ACI joined a coalition of groups in sending a letter to US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman Senator Roger Wicker in support of approving FCC Commissioner O’Rielly to another term at the FCC. You can read the letter here.
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 […]
Now at a time when it has never been more important for America to be connected, we must take advantage of this opportunity to recognize the importance of 5G to consumers and the economy, and work to make it a reality. Actions by the FCC such as the upcoming C-band auction as well as the […]
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 […]
On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, chaired by Steve Pociask, approved a recommendation on the application of Truth-in-Billing rules for all voice services. The recommendation was sent to Chairman Pai and the other FCC commissioners, and it is available here.
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.