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Trump EO Removes Some Social Media Protections, Seeks FCC Proceeding

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that would remove liability protections for online platforms that censure or edit content (see 2005270016). There would be a role for antitrust agencies and the FCC, whose commissioners reacted along…Subscribe to Read >>

Ligado Recon Petitions Reiterate Objections; Company Faces Challenges

Ligado’s L-band license modification OK should have gone through a spectrum reallocation notice-and-comment process, with the final decision coming in an open commission meeting, some said in the petitions for reconsideration this week in docket 11-109. Others said any…Subscribe to Read >>

USF Contribution Talks Slow in Attempts to Craft Consensus Proposal

Industry, USF recipients and consumer advocates are exploring new ways to fund USF. Talks began last year and remain in early stages, participants said in interviews. Parties fear the contribution factor, which reached a record high of 25% last…Subscribe to Read >>

Clyburn, Upton Bow Bill to Allow Early Awards for Some RDOF Phase I Applicants

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., filed the Rural Broadband Acceleration Act (HR-7022) Thursday in a bid to speed disbursing funds from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction before its start…Subscribe to Read >>

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Muni Fiber Sees Business Boom Amid Pandemic

Municipal broadband networks see a spike in subscribers and users upgrading speeds amid the coronavirus, said executives in recent interviews. The pandemic supports allowing muni broadband, they and other local advocates said. Skeptics countered that a short-term boom doesn’t…Read More >>

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