Table of Contents - August 16, 2019

Rosenworcel, Starks Oppose RDOF Funding Without Better Data

Over the partial dissents of Democratic Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks, the FCC at its Aug. 1 meeting proposed creating a new program to support broadband service in high-cost areas, which would distribute $20 billion through a technology-neutral two-phase auction, with added incentives for bidding on tribal and very high-cost areas.

Commissioners Rosenworcel and Starks raised concerns about distributing support without completing improvements to the agency’s broadband data collection, which was the subject of a separate Digital Data Opportunity Collection (DDOC) item adopted at the meeting (see separate story).



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FCC Establishes More Granular Fixed Broadband Data Collection

Over the partial dissent of Democratic Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks, the FCC at its Aug. 1 meeting established a new process for collecting data on the availability of fixed broadband data service and sought input on retiring its old Form 477 broadband data collection mechanism, which treats an entire census block as served if it contains a single location served by broadband.

The concerns that Commissioners Rosenworcel and Starks raised about the report and order and second further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) in WC dockets 19-195 ranged from the appropriateness of designating the Universal Service Administrative Co. to oversee the new Digital Opportunity Data Collection mechanism to the exclusion of pricing information.



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