Telecommunications

New Lifeline broadband subsidy to be available 12/2—but options limited for now

Closing the broadband gap is an essential policy goal. Image from The Guardian.

Starting December 2, new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) governing the Lifeline program for low-income consumers will go into effect. Most significantly, the program subsidy may be applied for the first time to standalone broadband offered by eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) or Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs). It is important to note, however, that no new LBPs have ... Read More »

OITP on National Broadband Research Agenda

two ethernet cable ends

In response to a request from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Foundation, this week ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy, along with our partners at the Benton Foundation, filed comments on the National Broadband Research Agenda. The NTIA’s Request for Comment (RFC) asked for help identifying the data and research needs in the areas of ... Read More »

ALA asks presidential candidates about broadband plans

U.S. White House with fall colors

Tonight, candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face one another in the first presidential debate of this election in Hempstead, New York, at Hofstra University, moderated by NBC’s Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. The theme of tonight’s discussion will be “the direction of America, achieving prosperity, and securing America.” Both candidates have expressed that updating our country’s ... Read More »

Got Broadband? The FCC wants to know

broadband cables

This week we submitted brief comments to the Federal Communications Commission for its annual Broadband Progress Report. The Commission released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI), which it is required to do through Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, to report whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” The NOI asks ... Read More »

ALA makes recommendations to FCC on digital inclusion plan

FCC Hearing

As part of its modernization of the Lifeline program in March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) charged its Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB) with developing a digital inclusion plan that addresses broadband adoption issues. Yesterday the ALA filed a letter with the Commission with recommendations for the plan. ALA called on the Commission to address non-price barriers to broadband adoption ... Read More »