Author: Angelina Panettieri

What Does the Digital Equity Act Mean for Cities?

Closing the digital divide in America is more than just an infrastructure challenge—it’s an economic one, too. Across the country, too many homes and businesses still don’t have access to adequate broadband infrastructure, and in many communities the infrastructure in place is not enough to ensure that all residents get to participate in the local economy.

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FCC Cable Order Effective Date Set

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order on cable franchising has been published in the Federal Register, setting an effective date of September 26, 2019. The order will substantially change cable franchises in many communities by allowing providers to deduct the value of many franchise obligations from their cash franchise payments to communities, and by eliminating local

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What Do Local Leaders Need to Know about the FCC Cable Order?

On August 1, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to approve a report and order that will make dramatic changes to cable franchises managed by state and local governments. The order, which will go into effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, has two major components that will impact local

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Preserving History and a Technology-Driven Future in Boston

This is the first in a series of case studies tracking how cities are handling small cell wireless infrastructure deployment on their streets. To learn more about this technology and how your city can prepare for it, read NLC’s municipal action guide on small cell wireless infrastructure. The city of Boston faced a unique challenge

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Five Takeaways for Cities from the FCC’s Small Cell Preemption Order

On Wednesday, September 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a declaratory ruling and report and order that would enact harsh new preemptions of local authority over small cell wireless facility deployment and management of local rights-of-way. The order will go into effect 90 days after publication of the final version in the Federal

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FCC Proposes Preemption, Fee Cap for Local Small Cell Deployment

After more than a year of deliberation, the Federal Communications Commission has released its draft Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order, focusing on state and local management of small cell wireless infrastructure deployment. The document, if approved by a majority of commissioners at the FCC’s September 26 open meeting, would enact substantial new limits

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How the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Could Shape Cities’ Digital Future

Last week in Washington, DC, the thirty members of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee gathered at the Federal Communications Commission to develop and agree to debate new model state and local laws for broadband deployment. The group comprised one elected official and five total representatives of state or local governments — along with a wide range

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New Bill Threatens City Authority on Small Cell Infrastructure

The latest chapter in the seemingly never-ending American conflict between local and federal authority is taking shape — over wireless infrastructure and broadband deployment. The newest threat to local control comes in the form of S. 3157, the “Streamlining The Rapid Evolution And Modernization of Leading-edge Infrastructure Necessary to Enhance (STREAMLINE) Small Cell Deployment Act.”

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Net Neutrality Is Just the Tip of the Preemption Iceberg

On Thursday, December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to overturn the current network neutrality framework in its Restoring Internet Freedom order. The final order, which returns internet service to a “Title I” service under the Telecommunications Act, will no longer require that internet service providers treat all web traffic equally and will

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Three Reasons Why Net Neutrality Matters for Cities

On November 22, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to roll back net neutrality regulations. The current regulations, which were adopted by the FCC in 2015, classified internet service as a “telecommunications service,” and required that all internet traffic be treated equally, without blocking, throttling (slowing down), or paid prioritization (so-called “fast

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