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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Excerpt from a statement by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai regarding the Commission’s review of state opt-out requests of the FirstNet program.

“In the Spectrum Act of 2012, Congress charged the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) with establishing a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.  A nationwide network necessarily includes coverage of rural areas.  Although this Order does not adopt a specific rule that requires FirstNet to meet rural deployment benchmarks, I’m satisfied that we have made […]

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Common Cause Special Adviser and former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, on the Sixth Circuit Court’s decision overturning the FCC’s municipal broadband order.

“Let’s be clear: industry-backed state laws to block municipal broadband only exist because pliant legislators are listening to their Big Cable and Big Telecom paymasters. These corporate providers invest in campaign contributions rather than in deploying high-quality broadband.”

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The FCC yesterday released its Notice of Inquiry for the 12th Broadband Report, and skeptics like Commissioner Ajit Pai wasted no time blasting the now notorious document

– “Early next year, the FCC will find that broadband is not being deployed “in a reasonable and timely fashion.”  This sham is a shame. We should treat this proceeding as an annual status report on our efforts to promote digital infrastructure. The statute requires us—the government—to “encourage [broadband] deployment on a reasonable and timely basis […]

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