The agency is making at least $600 million available and the pot is open to rural electrical cooperatives and municipalities, as well as telecom companies.
Eight years after banning cities and towns from building high-speed internet networks, state lawmakers unanimously reversed course. Will more red states follow?
The $20 billion proposed initiative would also set higher standards for internet speeds.
At a briefing with President Trump, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also said the agency will move forward with a 5G wireless spectrum auction at the end of the year.
The federal government could do more to promote innovation at the state and local levels by doing less, according to San Jose’s mayor.
Maricopa County, Arizona is fast-tracking 5G deployment, while Wise County, Texas wants to partner with providers on “middle mile” projects.
Frustrated with the FCC maps, the National Association of Counties and other federal agencies are looking to figure out which communities lack broadband access.
Sonny Perdue also called FCC broadband coverage maps “fake news,” saying his agency wants to get more accurate information from states.
Officials estimate that 24 million people in the United States can't get broadband internet service. Eighty percent of those people live in rural areas.
The latest effort is a new bill in Congress that would overturn the agency on its rule that strictly limits how much local governments can charge providers and how long officials can take to process applications.
Rural states, from Kansas to Vermont, are challenging the contentions of cell phone providers that residents have access to high-speed mobile broadband in a bid to be eligible for federal funding.
If cities are to be 5G hubs and close their digital divides, they should be freed up to build out networks, policy experts argued Tuesday.
Several states inhibit the ability of electric cooperatives to roll out broadband service.
But some remain concerned that the money will not get to many places that need it to expand access.
$4.53 billion in federal funds are in limbo, while some are wondering if another $10 billion is needed to get Next Generation 9-1-1 off the ground in outlying areas.
Researchers at Penn State University find stark differences between advertised speeds and actual connectivity.
The move will pave the way for an unscheduled 5G rollout, though the telecom giant was mum on any city concessions in the new agreement.
Proponents say incentivized mesh networks offer cheaper, faster service stood up by local entrepreneurs, civic hackers or homeowners associations.
Proponents, however, argue changes are needed because localities charge licensing fees at the expense of cable companies’ efforts to expand broadband access.
2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Shireen Santosham and Team, Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation & City Manager’s Office of Civic Innovation & Digital Strategy, City of San José, California
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