• Chairman Pai Announces Releases Drafts of Circulation Items on Broadband Deployment
  • March 1, 2018 | Author: C. Douglas Jarrett
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, Chairman Pai circulated a draft of the 2018 Broadband Deployment Report. According to the Fact Sheet issued by the Chairman’s Office, the Report concludes that mobile broadband is not a substitute for fixed broadband deployment, fixed and mobile broadband will continue to be evaluated separately, and the fixed broadband benchmark speed remains 25/3 Mbps. Another draft order circulated by the Chairman’s office looks to provide over $500 million in additional funding to the FCC’s high-cost universal service fund for rural rate of return carriers. The order includes rules to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in this program.