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Stimulus Bill Includes $7B for Broadband Funding, Including Rip and Replace, Mapping and Rural Service

The United States Congress has passed a $2.3 trillion spending package, which includes $7 billion for broadband connectivity. Specifically, the bill sets aside $1.9 billion for U.S. carriers to “rip and replace” Huawei and ZTE equipment pursuant to new rules implemented by the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”). $3.2 billion is allocated toward low-income broadband access, […]

FCC Approves $9 Billion 5G Fund

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has established a $9 billion 5G Fund to bring additional mobile wireless broadband and voice service to rural America. The 5G Fund Report and Order (“Order”) provides for two phases of support, each with ten-year terms. Phase I will make $8 billion available to rural areas that lack […]

Senate Confirms Nathan Simington to Federal Communications Commission, Likely Deadlocking the FCC for the Foreseeable Future

On Tuesday the Senate voted to confirm Republican Nathan Simington, who will fill Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) seat. While the Republicans currently have a 3-2 majority at the Commission, with the departure of Commissioner O’Rielly and Chairman Pai on Inauguration Day, the recent confirmation will leave the FCC deadlocked at […]

FCC Designates Portion of 5.9 GHz Band for Unlicensed Use

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has adopted a First Report and Order (“Order”) in which it repurposes 45-megahertz (5.850-5.895 GHz) of spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed use and designates the upper 30 megahertz of the band (5.895-5.925 GHz) for Intelligent Transportation System (“ITS”) use. The Order gives unlicensed operators immediate […]