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Local Government Reps Complain About BDAC Makeup, Too-Tight Time Frames

Work of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee remains a top focus of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, senior Pai adviser Nick Degani told the group Thursday as it held its second public meeting. BDAC's work “is central to the … Subscribe to Read >>

FirstNet's Progress, Challenges on Show at Senate Communications Hearing

Senate Communications Subcommittee members were hopeful FirstNet and AT&T can sustain recent momentum in building the nationwide public safety broadband network, as they probed the public-private partnership's ability to effectively reach rural areas, ensure network resiliency and provide … Subscribe to Read >>

Solve Lifeline Problems, Don't Attack It, Clyburn Tells MMTC; O'Rielly No Lifeline Foe, He Says

The FCC should come up with solutions for problems with Lifeline rather than attacking the program, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said during a Q&A session at a Multicultural Media Telecom and Internet Council conference Thursday. Wanting to fix abuses … Subscribe to Read >>

Facebook, IBM, Sprint Q2 Lobbying Increases

Facebook spent $2.38 million in lobbying during Q2 on a range of issues such as cybersecurity, changes to government surveillance programs including more transparency around national-security related orders, the Email Privacy Act, free trade agreements and cross-border flows, copyright … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

With Repacking Estimated to Cost $365 Million More Than in Fund, Some Eyes on Congress

The preliminary estimated expense of the post-incentive auction repacking of $2.12 billion (see 1707140054), $365 million more than the $1.75 billion reimbursement fund intended to cover those costs, drew some concerns even as the shortfall was less than some feared. That Incentive Auction Task Force number could change as broadcaster requirements and standards for what's reimbursable become clearer and a few submissions that hadn't been included from a small number of broadcasters and MVPDs are totaled. Having a deficit to cite is expected to bolster broadcaster lobbying efforts to have Congress increase the reimbursement fund amount, said Pillsbury broadcast attorney Scott Flick. Such legislation may come soon. … Read More >>

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