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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has claimed on multiple occasions that closing the digital divide is his top priority. But a variety of decisions, including a recent proposed rule change to implement a funding cap for the Universal Service Fund (USF) – the largest digital divide subsidy program in the U.S. – significantly

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July 17, 2019 In yesterday’s House Communications Subcommittee hearing, a handful of members expressed frustration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about their recent decision to strip education from the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum band. This comes as no surprise, as over a dozen members of Congress, the Western Governors Association and the Trump

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July 10, 2019 Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved, on a controversial 3-2 vote, new rules that strip education from the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). For over 50 years, EBS has been the only spectrum band dedicated to an educational mission. Today’s decision flies in the face of a robust public record which overwhelmingly supports

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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