|Rural Broadband Notes|
Rural Broadband Access Solutions
- Ubiquity (assuming view southern sky) [SRDC]
- Potential lower broadband speeds. Slow upload speeds. Non symmetrical. Higher costs. [SRDC]
- Connecting Rural Communities - Wireless Broadband, The National eCommerce Extension Initiative, Southern Rural Development Center
- Phillip Spector, Bridge over Trouble Waters: Satellite Broadband and the Digital Divide, Online Journal of Space Communications (Fall 2003)
- In Brief: AT&T to provide rural satellite broadband, Physorg (May 9th, 2006) ("AT&T will begin offering satellite-based broadband service this month in select rural areas of the United States. ")
- Released: 09/15/2015. WCB ANNOUNCES RURAL BROADBAND EXPERIMENTS SUPPORT FOR 13 PROVISIONALLY SELECTED BIDS IS READY TO BE AUTHORIZED. (DA No. 15-1024). (Dkt No 10-90 14-259 ). \, https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-1024A1.doc
- STATE, COUNTY AND CARRIER DATA ON $9 BILLION, SIX-YEAR CONNECT AMERICA FUND PHASE II SUPPORT FOR RURAL BROADBAND EXPANSION. WCB https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-335269A1.docx
- Released: 08/19/2014. WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ENTITIES INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE RURAL BROADBAND EXPERIMENTS. (DA No. 14-1203). (Dkt No 10-90 ). WCB . Contact: Alex Minard or Ian Forbes at 7400 https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-1203A1.docx
- Released: 01/31/2011. COMMENTS REQUESTED IN PREPARATION FOR UPDATE TO THE RURAL BROADBAND REPORT. (DA No. 11-183). (Dkt No 11-16). Comments Due: 03/02/2011. WCB . Contact: William Kehoe TXT
In the 2008 Farm Bill,1 Congress directed the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission), in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, to submit a report to Congress describing a comprehensive rural broadband strategy.2 On May 22, 2009, Acting Chairman Michael J. Copps delivered to Congress the 2009 Rural Broadband Report .3 The report recommended new policies to deliver broadband to rural areas and restore economic growth and opportunity for Americans residing and working in those areas. Congress also required the Commission's Chairman, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, to "update and evaluate" the rural broadband report during the third year after enactment of the 2008 Farm Bill.4 In this Public Notice, we seek comment from all interested parties on how best to update and evaluate the 2009 Rural Broadband Report .
The 2009 Rural Broadband Report identified a number of challenges typically affecting rural broadband, including technological issues, high costs, and lack of data. The report made a number of recommendations, including enhancing coordination among and between federal, Tribal, state, and community agencies, governments, and organizations; reviewing existing federal programs to identify barriers to rural broadband deployment; coordinating broadband data collection and mapping efforts; and supporting consumer education and training initiatives aimed at stimulating and sustaining broadband demand. The report also identified a number of policy areas and proceedings where Commission action could support broadband deployment and adoption.
There have been many broadband-related developments since the release of the 2009 Rural Broadband Report . Many of these developments result from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), in which Congress provided new direction and support for federal broadband policies and initiatives. For example, the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) were authorized to spend $7.2 billion in funding to expand access to and adoption of broadband services in communities across the United States. 5 In addition, the Commission released a National Broadband Plan that sets out an ambitious agenda for connecting all corners of the nation with the communications network of the future and has initiated many proceedings that are consistent with that agenda.6
In light of these and other developments, we seek comment on how to update and evaluate the 2009 Rural Broadband Report . What actions have the Commission and other federal agencies taken since the 2009 Rural Broadband Report that impact or enhance broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas? Have improvements in federal broadband data collection fostered rural broadband? We ask commenters to identify any actions or changes that should be reflected in our update and evaluation of the 2009 Rural Broadband Report , including any additional measures that would improve access to rural broadband deployment and adoption. We encourage interested persons to submit relevant data and analyses regarding broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas. 7Finally, we welcome comment on the extent to which the recommendations in the 2009 Rural Broadband Report have been implemented.
Interested parties may file comments on or before March 2, 2011 . When filing comments, please reference GN Docket No. 11-16 .
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-246, § 6112, 122 Stat. 923, 1966 (2008) (2008 Farm Bill).
The 2008 Farm Bill required that the rural broadband strategy include recommendations: (A) to promote interagency coordination of Federal agencies in regards to policies, procedures, and targeted resources, and to streamline or otherwise improve and streamline the policies, programs, and services; (B) to coordinate existing Federal rural broadband or rural initiatives; (C) to coordinate both short- and long-term needs assessments and solutions for a rapid build-out of rural broadband solutions and application of the recommendations for Federal, State, regional, and local government policymakers; and (D) to identify how specific Federal agency programs and resources can best respond to rural broadband requirements and overcome obstacles that currently impede rural broadband deployment. 2008 Farm Bill § 6112(a)(1). The 2008 Farm Bill further required "a description of goals and timeframes to achieve the purposes of the report." Id . at § 6112(a)(2).
Acting Chmn. Michael J. Copps, FCC, Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy (2009) ( 2009 Rural Broadband Report ), attached to Rural Broadband Report Published in the FCC Record , GN Docket No. 09-29, Public Notice, 24 FCC Rcd 12791 (2009).
2008 Farm Bill § 6112(b).
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-5, § 6001(k)(2)(A), 123 Stat. 115, 516 (codified at 47 U.S.C. § 1305(k)(2)(A)). The NTIA and RUS websites summarize the progress of the Recovery Act programs to expand broadband. See, e.g. , BroadbandUSA-NTIA, http://www2.ntia.doc.gov ; USDA Rural Development-UTP BIP Program Resources, http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_BIPResources.html .
Omnibus Broadband Initiative (Obi), FCC, Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan , GN Docket No. 09-51 (2010) (National Broadband Plan), available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296935A1.pdf .
Parties may wish to supplement their comments with data and analysis from the National Broadband Map that NTIA intends to post on the web by February 17, 2011. See 47 U.S.C. § 1305(l).
Definitions of Rural
- 47 CFR § 54.5: "Rural area. For purposes of the schools and libraries universal support mechanism, a "rural area" is a nonmetropolitan county or county equivalent, as defined in the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Revised Standards for Defining Metropolitan Areas in the 1990s and identifiable from the most recent Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) list released by OMB, or any contiguous non-urban Census Tract or Block Numbered Area within an MSA-listed metropolitan county identified in the most recent Goldsmith Modification published by the Office of Rural Health Policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For purposes of the rural health care universal service support mechanism, a "rural area" is an area that is entirely outside of a Core Based Statistical Area; is within a Core Based Statistical Area that does not have any Urban Area with a population of 25,000 or greater; or is in a Core Based Statistical Area that contains an Urban Area with a population of 25,000 or greater, but is within a specific census tract that itself does not contain any part of a Place or Urban Area with a population of greater than 25,000. "Core Based Statistical Area" and "Urban Area" are as defined by the Census Bureau and "Place" is as identified by the Census Bureau."
- 7 CFR § 1739.3 RUS Broadband Grants "Rural Area means any area, as verified by the latest decennial census of the Bureau of the Census or the latest edition of the Rand McNally Atlas, which is not located within the boundaries of any incorporated or unincorporated city, village, or borough having a population in excess of 20,000 inhabitants."
- 7 CFR § 1738.2 RUS Broadband Loans " Eligible rural community is defined in the RE Act as any area of the United States that is not contained in an incorporated city or town with a population in excess of 20,000 inhabitants. For purposes of this part, RUS interprets: (1) "United States" to include its territories and insular possessions (including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau); (2) "Area" to mean any identifiable place that has no more than 20,000 inhabitants based on the most recent available information of the Bureau of the Census; and (3) "An incorporated city or town with a population in excess of 20,000 inhabitants" to mean any incorporated city or town with a population in excess of 20,000 inhabitants based on the most recent available information of the Bureau of the Census."
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- USDA lends $40 million for rural broadband projects, Muni 4/25/2011
- Come 'n' Get it: RUS Ready To Open Coffers Again, CommLawBlog 3/25/2011
- USDA rural broadband loan program updated, Connected Nation 3/14/2011
- Bringing Broadband to Rural America: The Home Stretch on USF and ICC Reform, FCC 8/10/2011
- NARUC: FCC Must Consider All Proposals, Including State Plan, to Reform Universal Service, NARUC 8/1/2011
- FCC: Broadband Access for Rural Americans Improves, USTelecom 7/5/2011