Proponents, however, argue changes are needed because localities charge licensing fees at the expense of cable companies’ efforts to expand broadband access.
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A consumer advocacy group said regulators are also to blame for the delay in getting service back up. Wireless carriers countered that they’ve restored service as quickly as possible.
Most efforts aimed at increasing spending, streamlining regulations.
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“Cutting [Universal Service Fund] support cuts the legs out of the business case for rural broadband in many places,” said one telecom CEO.
More than a third of Americans residing on tribal land lack high-speed internet access.
More cities are expected to jump on the effort to overturn the ruling.
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The Federal Communications Commission seems to think they’re part of the solution.
“My guess is they just ran out of time and patience for the process to play out,” said one local government advocate.
Some of the communities selected will be able to begin building within a matter of months.
While a federal committee struggles to reach consensus on a state broadband framework, the National League of Cities created its own, stressing local needs.
Local government representatives worry a new code will let wireless providers preempt localities.
Both Democrats and Republicans at a congressional hearing agreed that gaps in coverage are a problem. “We’ve got to kick somebody’s ass, truthfully,” said Sen. Jon Tester.
Rising sea levels could threaten internet access for millions of people, according to a recent study.
Mayor Joe Hogsett welcomed the increased connectivity for residents, but just where it will occur hasn’t been made public.
A data-collection partnership will identify service shortcomings.
The city wanted a deal that improves service in overlooked areas.
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