The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Briefing.
NTIA seeks input from stakeholders and interested parties on a series of specific questions to help develop its proposals and positions regarding matters that will be addressed at the upcoming 2016 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly being held from October 25 to November 3, 2016. Comments will be reflected in NTIA’s recommendations for U.S. proposals and positions to the U.S. Department of State, which is coordinating the WTSA-2016 preparatory process. Comments are due on or before June 16, 2016.
Governor Cuomo announced that “The 50 States of Broadband” study surveyed broadband investment activities on a state-by-state basis and determined that New York State ranked first overall in availability, adoption, driving meaningful use, growth investment, and regulation. The New NY Broadband Program is designed to ensure that every New Yorker has access to high-speed internet by 2018. Central components of the program include:
- New access to broadband at speeds of at least 100 Mbps; 25 Mbps in the most remote areas of the state.
- High priority for areas and projects that most improve broadband Internet access in unserved areas, including libraries and educational opportunity centers.
- Applications will be chosen through a “reverse-auction” process, which will award funding to bidders seeking the lowest state investment.
- Auctions to be held within each Regional Economic Development Council region to ensure statewide allocations of funding.
The Strategic Networks Group (SNG) who released the report, ranked each state and ranked the following as the top 5 states in terms of broadband; New York, Ohio, Maine, New Mexico, and New Hampshire.