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President Biden Signs $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021

President Biden has signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, authorizing $1.2 trillion of funding for infrastructure programs that include broadband, transportation, and the utility grid. Read More

Rural Utilities Service Announces Opening of New ReConnect Program Window

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, has announced the opening of an FY 2022 application window from November 24, 2021 through February 22, 2022 for the next round of the ReConnect Program. Read More

Florida Amends State Telemarketing Laws, Exceeds TCPA Restrictions

Florida has amended two of its telemarketing laws to expand liability for marketing calls and texts to consumer landlines and cell phones. Read More

National EAS/WEA Test Scheduled for August 11, 2021; ETRS Form One Due July 6, 2021 for Broadcasters

The 2021 National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test will take place on August 11, 2021. Broadcasters need to file ETRS Form One by July 6, 2021. Read More

NTIA Launches Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has officially launched the $285 million Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program. Read More

NTIA Announces $980 Million Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program and September 1 Application Deadline

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released its Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and set September 1, 2021 as the deadline to apply for grants. Read More

$288 Million In NTIA Broadband Infrastructure Grants Now Available

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently announced the availability of $288 million in grant funding for the deployment of broadband infrastructure. Applications must be submitted by August 17, 2021. Read More

FCC Launches $7.171 Billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

The FCC has launched the $7.171 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program to provide funding for schools and libraries for the purchase of connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus/outside of library use. Read More

FCC Seeks Comments on Proposed FY 2021 Regulatory Fees

The FCC is seeking comments on its proposed regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2021. Comments are due June 3, 2021, and reply comments are due June 18, 2021. Read More

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to Launch May 12, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission has announced May 12, 2021 as the start date for providers participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to begin enrolling eligible households. Read More