Today’s Regulatory Mix: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Exceeds 2.3 Million Households, The FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment June 24 Agenda Released
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Exceeds 2.3 Million Households
The FCC announced that over 2.3 million households have enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) in only three weeks. Over 1000 broadband providers are participating in the program, which offers discounts to qualifying customers on their monthly internet bills.
In addition, USAC released a new dashboard that tracks the progress of the EBB Benefit Program. The dashboard shows nationwide and state-specific enrollment figures. It will also report the amount of program funds disbursed once participating providers start filing claims. The dashboard can be viewed here.
The FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment June 24 Agenda Released
The FCC released the anticipated agenda for the next virtual meeting of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). The meeting, which will be available to the public at www.fcc.gov/live, will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will feature a report from each of the ACDDE’s working groups on activities during the 2019-2021 two-year charter period. The ACDDE’s three working groups are: (1) Access to Capital Working Group, which examines ways to improve access to capital in order to encourage management and ownership of broadcast properties by a diverse range of voices, including minorities and women; (2) Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group, which assesses access, adoption, and use of broadband and new technologies by under-resourced communities; and (3) Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group, which examines issues pertaining to hiring, promotion, and retention of women and minorities in tech industries.
The Regulatory Mix, Inteserra’s blog of telecom related 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 an Inteserra Briefing.