View NTIA Broadband News and Updates

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has provided these broadband “news and update” items: 

Federal News

· Presidential Executive Order on Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America

· Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of the Interior: Supporting Broadband Tower Facilities in Rural America on Federal Properties Managed by the Department of the Interior

· U.S. Department of Commerce: Supporting President Trump’s Vision for Expanding Broadband in Rural America

· U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) Federal Highway Administration memorandum providing a brief refresher on utility accommodation and other uses of highway right-of-way

· Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) Report Proposes Removing Regulatory Barriers

· FCC Final Rule: Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers, Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization, Telecommunications Carriers Eligible for Universal Service Support

· FCC Chairman Pai Proposes Over $500 Million In Funding To Promote Rural Broadband Deployment

· FCC Announces Vacancies In The Membership of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee And Seeks Nominations


State News

· Missouri creates rural broadband manager role to spearhead connectivity programs

· Smart State update: Illinois names connected streetlight vendors

· CalTrans publishes User Guide for Incorporating Wired Broadband Facility on State Highway Right-of-Way

Public Safety/FirstNet

· The Northern Mariana Islands to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Torres Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network (All states and territories have now opted-in to FirstNet)

· With First Responder Network Set to Launch, ‘Communications Is Everything’ says Fire Captain

· Richmond Officials First in Virginia to Test FirstNet Services

Stakeholder Resources

· Morgan State University and Tennessee State University are partnering with Verizon to offer Minority Male Makers Program to teach minority middle school students skills such as coding, 3D design and robotics.

· NRECA, NRTC, CoBank and NRU-CFC Guide: The Due Diligence of High-Speed Broadband Investment and Business Creation by an Electric Cooperative

Funding Opportunities

· Federal Reserve System Webinar Broadband Under the Community Reinvestment Act presentation now available online

· National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities Funding Applications: Full Proposal deadline February 28, 2018

Other Broadband News

· NVIDIA has announced the second NVIDIA Artificial Intelligence (AI) City Challenge workshop which will be held at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) conference on June 18 to 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah.