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Aug 26

Affordable Connectivity Program Enrollment Resources

Posted to The Town Crier - Legislative Backgrounder on August 26, 2022 at 9:50 AM by Legislative Staff

During the August Open Commission Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced new resources to help more households get enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program:

  • The first is the Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program, which will offer $100 million in competitive grant funding to entities working to inform eligible households about Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and assist them with the enrollment process.
  • The second is the “Your Home, Your Internet” pilot program, a $10 million program intended to help raise awareness about ACP among households receiving federal housing benefits.

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Mar 02

FCC Establishes Rules for New Low-Income Emergency Broadband Benefit

Posted to The Town Crier - Legislative Backgrounder on March 2, 2021 at 9:28 AM by Legislative Staff

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced through a Report and Order the rules for a new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), funded for a one-time amount of $3.2 billion. The funds will be available until expended or until six months after the COVID-19 emergency declaration expires.

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Tag(s): Penna, FCC, EBB, 5G

Apr 23

FCC Broadband Funding Opportunities

Posted to The Town Crier - Legislative Backgrounder on April 23, 2020 at 2:19 PM by Amy Spiezio

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving ahead with its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and Rural 5G Fund proceedings.  The purpose of these programs is to encourage the development of infrastructure necessary within rural areas to ensure access to adequate broadband service.

The RDOF program will provide $20.4 billion in funding over a ten-year period to support broadband networks in rural communities across the country. This funding goes to service providers who agree to deploy infrastructure needed to offer broadband internet service to currently underserved areas at a fee and speeds comparable to the services provided in more urban areas. In essence, the RDOF acts as a means of subsidizing service providers, in order to have them provide broadband internet services to areas that they would not typically serve because there is not a business case for deployment from the provider's perspective. The FCC has designated underserved areas where service providers would be eligible for RDOF money should they wish to deploy broadband services in these areas. These areas are broken down by census tracts and a map of these areas can be found on the FCC’s website. 

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Tag(s): FCC, 5G