Chicago launches $50 million Obama-backed broadband program to close K-12 digital divide

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As many students struggle to locate reliable internet connections during the pandemic, Chicago unveils a four-year program to deliver high-speed home connections to 100,000 K-12 students.

FCC didn't follow GAO's 2018 recommendations to improve broadband on tribal lands

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The Federal Communications Commission didn't implement any of the three recommendations the Governmental Accountability Office made in 2018 to improve broadband access on tribal lands, according to a report published Thursday.

FCC still can't agree on when to distribute broadband funding

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As FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pushes to distribute $16 billion to underserved regions, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and other Democrats argue that more accurate data is needed first.

Lawmakers release digital equity principles aimed at closing digital divide

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Two congressional Republicans listed nine broadband policies they say could help families, businesses and telecommunications companies survive the pandemic.

GOP House members urge funding of FCC's new broadband data collection method

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The Broadband DATA Act that was signed into law in March still needs to be funded so the FCC can update its broadband mapping techniques, the members say.

New York City asks ISPs, technology companies to help close digital divide

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The city is asking internet carriers and other groups for ideas on how to bring broadband service to the 46 percent households in poverty that lack access.

Pennsylvania launches broadband map to prepare ISPs for federal auction

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The map, developed by Penn State researchers, shows the underserved areas where broadband companies will be eligible for federal funding to expand coverage.

In $1 trillion state and local government aid, no specific IT funding

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The latest pandemic relief bill contains funding that governors have been clamoring for, but not the state and local cybersecurity grants some officials sought.

FCC shouldn't delay broadband upgrades for better data, industry tells lawmakers

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One industry group says broadband expansion projects should go ahead in parallel with changes to the FCC's data-collection process, not after.