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Industry News – 4-16-21

At its public meeting yesterday, the PA PUC unanimously approved the Competitive Access Provider applications of Get Wireless Inc. and Hudson Fiber Network Inc to provide service throughout the state. Claverack Communications also received a unanimous thumbs-up to provide service as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier in the service territories of Frontier-Commonwealth, Canton and Citizens, […]

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Industry News – 4-9-21

Pennsylvania libraries in broadband news this week with the Department of Education announcement of the Libraries Connect Communities and Broadband Resources project. The initiative, designed to “improve access to broadband services in and beyond libraries across the commonwealth’s underserved and unserved communities” is a collaboration with KINBER and will receive a $1.4 million grant from […]

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Legislature – 4-2-21

A single point of contact for all things broadband is the theme of legislation introduced this week by Representative Pam Snyder (D-Greene). HB 1075 was referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee yesterday and establishes the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority. The PBDA would, among other things, have the authority to disseminate grants and loans to […]

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Quotable

“Now is the time to confirm that your family, your business and all of your devices are ready for the switch to ten-digit dialing, so we have a smooth transition on April 3rd – especially things like medical alert systems, alarms, and any other systems that automatically make calls.”   It’s crunch time. The PA […]

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Daily Number: 225,000,000

On Wednesday, the FCC levied the largest fine in the Commission’s history against two Texas telemarketers for robocall violations. On the business end of the levies are Rising Eagle and JSquared Telecom who made almost 1 billion calls falsely selling short-term insurance plans.

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Industry News – 3-5-21

Lack of centralized leadership at the top is at least partially to blame for the federal government regressing when it comes to cybersecurity. So said a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released on Tuesday. The report was the focus of bi-cameral committees in Congressional hearings this week as interested parties await President Biden’s […]

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Industry News – 2-26-21

At its public meeting yesterday, the PA PUC unanimously approved the Petition for a Declaratory Order of Alleghenies Broadband Inc. (ABI) which sought assurance that it need not comply with the municipal prohibition provisions of Act 183 since it is not a political subdivision, nor created by one. In her statement on the matter, Chairman […]

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Industry News – 2-19-21

Yesterday, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania held a virtual public hearing on expanding broadband access in rural parts of the Commonwealth. The event featured presentations from Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, economic development entities and educational organizations.

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Industry News – 2-12-21

As expected, the net neutrality advocates are putting on a full court press to have the old rules reinstated under the new Presidential/FCC leadership, and the latest salvo came from a petition filed recently. Among the parties represented on the FCC filing are Common Cause, Free Press, and the United Church of Christ. The filing […]

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