Thursday, February 18, 2021

FCC Gets Going on New Broadband Maps, Benefits Under Rosenworcel


By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief
As one of her first actions as Acting Chairwoman of the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel established a task force to improve the FCC’s broadband maps. Congress directed the agency to create an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. “It will enhance high-speed connections and offer new ways to connect for those struggling during the pandemic and the ongoing economic crisis,” she said during her first meeting in her new role.

Congress provided $3.2 billion for the effort, which will provide discounts of up to $50 per month for internet connectivity and equipment per low-income household and up to $75 a month for tribal land households. The FCC is reviewing public comments on the program.

Congress directed the FCC to create the program swiftly. “To write the rules for this program, we must act decisively and will need to make hard choices along the way,” said Rosenworcel during the meeting. “The program must be exclusive, expansive, inclusive and transparent.” Continue Reading

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