On August 8, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the fourteenth broadband deployment report notice of inquiry, seeking comments on deployment of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act requires the FCC to release an annual report of the current state of broadband deployment.

The FCC is seeking E-rate related comments on continued use of Commission’s short-term goal of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students and staff, and long-term goal of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff for the upcoming report. These goals will be used to measure the availability of broadband in schools. 

The Commission encourages stakeholders to provide comments to inform and help ensure that broadband policies are well-informed and backed by sound data analysis in efforts of closing the digital divide.

Commissioner Rosenworcel released a statement opposing the inquiry. 

Comment Date: September 10, 2018
Reply Comment Date: September 24, 2018