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News by Topic: Broadband

Sep 3, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission announces a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) on September 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Current agenda items include reports from the Access to Capital Working Group, Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group, and the Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 2, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on updates to the FCC ex parte rules. Provides details on specific changes and proposed exemptions to the ex parte rules, including for certain government-to-government consultations between FCC and federally recognized Tribal Nations. Comments are due by October 2, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 1, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on the Rural Telehealth Initiative. This initiative seeks to keep rural Americans connected to vital healthcare services and providers via telehealth by increasing collaboration and information sharing among federal agencies to address health disparities, resolve service provider challenges, and promote broadband services and technology to rural areas in America.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Sep 1, 2020 - Discusses an analysis of three statewide broadband policies: availability of state-level funding, existence of a state-level broadband office or task force with full-time employees, and restrictions on municipal/cooperative broadband provision. Compares the effects of these policies on broadband availability in rural areas to the overall availability within the state.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 31, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold virtual symposium on September 22, 2020. The focus on the meeting will be on developing national spectrum policies and the evolution of new techniques and wireless technologies. Complete meeting information is available on the NTIA website.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 26, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have moved classes online, but many rural students lack the internet access or technology to participate. Describes an additional disparity that exists for black, Latino, and Native American populations, and highlights community efforts to address the broadband and technology gaps for these populations.
Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation