Voqal Opposes FCC Order to Auction EBS Spectrum

June 20, 2019 Yesterday,  Voqal issued a statement vehemently opposing the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) draft Order regarding the 2.5 GHz EBS (Educational Broadband Service) band. The Order not only abandons the band’s educational legacy but also will hinder the FCC’s stated priorities of quickly delivering 5G, expanding rural coverage and closing the digital divide. Read More

Growing Support for Keeping EBS Educational

June 17, 2019 Three important letters were written to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week regarding the future of Educational Broadband Service (EBS). The letters urge the FCC to keep EBS educational and to finish licensing unassigned EBS spectrum to educational entities and Tribal Nations. On Monday, the United States Department of Education voiced Read More

Voqal Welcomes United States Department of Education’s Support of EBS

June 10, 2019 Voqal welcomes the Ex Parte from the United States Department of Education that urges the Federal Communications Commissions to retain the educational benefits of Educational Broadband Service (EBS). The following statement can be attributed to Voqal director of telecommunications strategy, Mark Colwell. “Today’s filing by the U.S. Department of Education is welcome Read More

Voqal Opposes FCC Proposal to Impose Cap on the Universal Service Fund Budget

June 5, 2019 Today, Voqal shared its opposition to the proposal from the Federal Communications Commission to impose an additional cap to the Universal Service Fund (USF) budget. Mark Colwell, Voqal director of telecommunications strategy, made the following statement: “Voqal strongly opposes the FCC’s proposal to arbitrarily impose an overall cap on the Universal Service Read More

Telecommunications Policy Update: EBS Gains National Media Attention

May 31, 2019 In this month’s telecommunications policy update, Voqal’s Mark Colwell highlights the recent national attention that EBS has been receiving.  As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) inches closer to a suspected draft Report and Order regarding Educational Broadband Service (EBS) in the coming weeks, a growing number of media outlets have published stories Read More

Voqal Welcomes Research Showing Economic Benefits of EBS

May 16, 2019 Voqal welcomes the research presented yesterday at the National Collaborative for Digital Equity’s 2nd Annual Invitational Summit by the Schools Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition and Dr. Raul Katz. This research clearly demonstrates the economic benefits of awarding the remaining wireless Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licenses to Tribal Nations and educational Read More

Voqal Joins Call for FCC to Delay Issuing a Decision in EBS Rulemaking

May 14, 2019 Yesterday, Voqal joined a group of organizations that includes Mobile Beacon, North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation (NACEPF), National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), Public Knowledge and Schools Health and Libraries and Broadband (SHLB) Coalition in filing a request that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) delay making a decision in the Educational Broadband Read More

Voqal Joins More than 800 Groups in Support of EBS

May 9, 2019 Yesterday, Voqal joined more than 800 groups in submitting a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that voices strong support for keeping Educational Broadband Service (EBS) educational and licensing the unassigned EBS spectrum to educational institutions and Tribal Nations. The signatories include schools, nonprofits and other organizations dedicated to addressing the Read More

Voqal Submits Letter About EBS and Rural Broadband to Senate Commerce Subcommittee

March 22, 2019 Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), recently convened a hearing titled “The Impact of Broadband Investments in Rural America.” The hearing focused on ways to improve the quality and expand the availability of rural broadband. Voqal, in conjunction with Read More