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With SpaceX winning RDOF funds, 2021 could be the year satellite broadband lifts off

by Linda Hardesty | Dec 30, 2020 6:00am In beta tests, Starlink customers pay $499 for equipment and installation. (Nasa.gov)ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 2021 could be the year when the United States finally gets serious about closing the digital divide. And satellite might end up playing a big role. In early December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the results of […]

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FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Was Supposed to Significantly Reduce America’s Rural Broadband Gap

Communities Will Have to Contend with Broadband Uncertainty for Many Years to Come The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently completed its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction. The goal of the auction was to bring to rural areas across the United States the same affordable and reliable broadband service enjoyed in many urban and suburban […]

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Broadband Lessons Learned in 2020

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. This week Benton’s Executive Director, Adrianne B. Furniss, takes the mic. Round-Up for the Week of December 14-18, 2020 2020 is not a year we’ll want to remember, but it is […]

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Amazon’s Project Kuiper reveals design of antennas customers will use for internet-from-space constellation

17 Amazon claims they are smaller and lighter than legacy antennasBy Loren [email protected]  Dec 16, 2020, 2:00pm EST Today, Amazon revealed the design of the antennas its customers will use to tap into the company’s upcoming massive satellite constellation, Project Kuiper, designed to provide broadband internet coverage from space. The antenna, which is a phased-array design, underwent development and […]

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Finding Partners for Broadband Right Where You Are

Creating technology partnerships within your community is as important as finding partners on the outside.by Craig Settles December 3, 2020(Source: Pikrepo.com / CC) My last article discussed the importance of partnerships for communities angling for Federal broadband grants from the various agencies. Are the Chamber of Commerce and churches on the broadband team? Their participation can drive broadband adoption. […]

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Sweden bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G mobile networks

Fearing espionage, the US has been pressuring European governments to review the role of Chinese firms in 5G networks. 20 Oct 2020 Swedish regulators have banned the use of telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in its 5G network in advance of the government’s spectrum auction scheduled for next month. The Swedish Post and […]

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Broadband in red and blue states: Three solutions to low-income internet access

Tom WheelerWednesday, September 9, 2020TECHTANK “At night, after hours, in good weather, and even when the weather is not so good, people gather around the library to try and get on Wi-Fi leaking through the doors,” Linda Johnson, president of the Brooklyn Public Library told me a few days ago. While the Trump administration—especially the […]

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COVID-19 lockdowns expose the digital have-nots in rural areas – here’s which policies can get them connected

September 2, 2020 8.24am EDT Authors Brian WhitacreProfessor and Neustadt Chair in Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University Roberto GallardoDirector of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University Disclosure statement Brian Whitacre receives funding from USDA Rural Utilities Service, USDA Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Rural Development Centers, Institute […]

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How Increasing Broadband Competition Can Address the Adoption Gap

In his latest article, Voqal’s director of telecommunications strategy, Mark Colwell, shares how increased broadband competition can address the adoption gap and reduce the digital divide.  Source https://voqal.org/how-increasing-broadband-competition-can-address-the-adoption-gap/?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters&mc_cid=bcb09b9efa&mc_eid=d00ff37786 Never has the need for closing the digital divide received more attention than in recent months, as Americans have relied more than ever on broadband for work, […]

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The Other Homework Gap

I snagged today’s blog title from Christopher Ali, a professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He recently wrote an article for the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society that reminds us that there is a second homework gap in addition to the one in K12 schools. There are almost 20 million […]