Posts Categorized: Broadband

The Fight for Net Neutrality Battles On

Senator Angus King

A Time Line of the Struggle for Open Internet In December of 2017, the FCC repealed the Net Neutrality regulations passed in 2015. These regulations ensured an open Internet, where everyone has equal access to the web, and ISPs were required to be transparent with consumers. Since its repeal, many Net Neutrality proponents have promised to fight for its reinstatement. One of the strongest Net Neutrality champions has been Maine Independent Senator Angus King. Senator… Read more »

The Broadband Barrier Blocking Telehealth Expansion in Rural America

A doctor uses telehealth technology on his laptop.

Access to healthcare has always been a struggle for rural communities. Too often, the sick, elderly, and disabled have had to drive hours just for basic medical needs. Telehealth is a viable health care solution for rural communities, but there is still a significant barrier standing in the way, and that barrier is insufficient broadband. Telehealth: What is it? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and… Read more »

What We Can Expect: Federal Support for Rural Broadband Deployment

As discussion continues about Rural Broadband Deployment in New England and Nationwide, it’s useful to keep up with opportunities that exist to fund expansion from existing revenue sources.  Recently, an effort has been underway to realign support mechanisms that have to date been employed to support rural landline telephone service, deploying them instead to encourage investment in Rural Broadband deployment.  This funding, taken from a program called the Universal Service Fund, was directed to two… Read more »

FCC and Consumer Internet Privacy II: What the Order Doesn’t Mandate

Last week we tackled the first part of the FCC Order regarding  Internet consumer privacy.  We’ve been through all of the ISP ‘Musts’, today we’ll review the ‘Shoulds’ and what the order does not cover.  No Pay to Play for Internet Privacy ISPs should not force subscribers to pay inflated prices in order to maintain their privacy.  The Commission will conduct a case-by-case review, as providers are required under the order to disclose plans for… Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy, the Most Recent FCC Order

Peter Wheeler FCC Internet Privacy

This past spring we discussed net neutrality and dissected the FCC notice of proposed rule-making regarding net neutrality and consumer privacy. On October 27th the FCC voted to approve an order enacting significant rules to protect Internet consumer privacy. A fact sheet provided by the FCC states, “…..give consumers the tools they need to choose how their Internet service providers (ISPs) use and share their personal data.” Why This Order: The FCC, ordered by Congress,… Read more »