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

Telecommunications Policy Update: Educators and Nonprofits Make the Case for EBS on Capitol Hill

March 21, 2019 On March 7, the Schools, Health & Library Broadband Coalition (SHLB) hosted a Capitol Hill briefing titled “Window of Opportunity: How EBS Spectrum Can Close the Digital Divide.” The event featured a variety of speakers who have successfully implemented Educational Broadband Service (EBS) programs or who want access to new EBS licenses. Read More

Discussing the Future of EBS at Annual NEBSA Conference

February 20, 2019 The annual conference for the National Educational Broadband Service (EBS) Association (NEBSA), was held in Tampa this week. This year’s conference offered a variety of panels related to EBS regulatory policy, wireless technology, the wireless industry and the good EBS is doing. Voqal’s own John Schwartz participated in a panel titled “Washington Read More

Telecommunications Policy Update: Unleashing the Power of EBS in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

February 15, 2019 Voqal has long been an advocate for using Educational Broadband Service (EBS) to empower communities and connect the unserved and underserved. All Americans deserve an opportunity to participate in digital society. Unfortunately, far too many Americans lack true broadband access. According to the FCC’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report, about 24 million Americans Read More

Voqal Telecommunications Policy Update: Promoting Diversity on the Nation’s Airwaves

December 14, 2018 Below is an update on the current spectrum policy landscape from Voqal’s Director of Telecommunications Strategy Mark Colwell. Recently, telecommunications giant Ericsson released its annual Mobility Report examining the state of wireless communications across the globe. The report observes that global mobile traffic jumped 79 percent between 2018 and 2019, demonstrating a Read More

Voqal Promotes Wireless Competition in Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Proceeding

November 14, 2018 Voqal believes telecommunications policy should be focused on ensuring the country’s telecommunications resources and infrastructure contribute to a socially equitable world for all. This goal of equity in telecommunications extends to those who control our nation’s electromagnetic airwaves or “spectrum” – a vital public resource that has been increasingly licensed and concentrated Read More

Voqal Asks FCC to Deny Proposed Merger Between T-Mobile and Sprint

August 29, 2018 Voqal, a collaboration of five nonprofits that hold Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licenses, filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission asking it to deny the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint as currently proposed. Voqal believes the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger raises numerous questions. But one that may not come immediately to Read More