VOL. 14, NO. 4
January 22, 2018

February 6-7, 2018
Policy Summit
Microsoft is now accepting applications for the Microsoft Airband Grant Fund, which seeks to spark innovation to overcome barriers to affordable internet access, through supporting high-potential, early-stage startups creating innovative new technologies, services and business models.

Applications will be accepted until midnight PST on January 31, 2018.


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Rep. Coffman Added to 
Keynote Speakers at 
INCOMPAS Policy Summit 
Rep. Mike Coffman
We're honored to welcome Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) to our impressive line up of keynote speakers at The INCOMPAS 2018 Policy Summit, which takes place Wednesday, February 7, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. 

Rep. Coffman joins a host of prominent policymakers and legislators, who will address Policy Summit attendees, including; 
  • FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn 
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) 
  • Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)  
  • Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)
In addition there will be panel discussions featuring leaders from top communications, internet and content companies: 
Stay and Network
After keynotes and panel sessions, stay and network with attendees during The Policy Summit happy hour.

For more information, or to learn how you can sponsor this premier policy event, email Jenny Gilbert.
INCOMPAS Applauds "Dig Once" and "Climb Once" Bills 

Last week, Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced two bills aimed at speeding broadband deployment.
  • The Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2018 will require all new federally-funded roads to include a broadband conduit, which are plastic pipes that house fiber-optic communications cable. This "Dig Once" approach will eliminate the need to dig up recently constructed roads when deploying new networks, drastically reducing deployment costs.
  • The CLIMB ONCE Act of 2018 will clarify that Section 224 of the Communications Act does not preempt states from passing "One Touch, Make Ready" policies when it comes to new pole attachments. This efficient approach to broadband infrastructure saves competitive providers time and money when deploying new networks.
"We applaud Reps. Eshoo and McKinley on their leadership in speeding broadband deployment. Both pieces of legislation are commonsense measures that will lower prices for consumers, spur innovation and bring much needed competition to the broadband market," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. "We look forward to working with Congress to enact a future-forward deployment agenda this year. For too long outdated regulations stood as roadblocks to true broadband competition. It's more than time for 'Dig Once' and 'Climb Once'  to be the industry standard."

House Subcommittee Bills Seek to Reduce Regulatory Barriers to Broadband Deployment

On January 16, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology announced a series of bills introduced by subcommittee members aimed at reducing the regulatory barriers to broadband infrastructure expansion. 
FCC Releases Draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report 
The FCC released its draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report last Friday, highlighting local barriers to new network builders. In the report, the FCC also recommended maintaining the current fixed internet speed benchmark of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload, even though both incumbent and competitive network builders have deployed faster speeds of a Gigabit and beyond.

INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering said that "if we want to keep our economy chugging along, then we must put broadband networks and the internet on a bullet train to the future. Increasing the fixed broadband benchmark to one Gigabit would encourage greater competition, lower prices and unleash investment."

He thanked Chairman Pai and the entire FCC for their continued focus on broadband deployment, adding that "we encourage them to be bold and strive for a better, faster broadband future. Eighty-nine percent of the nation remains tied to older, slower networks where monopolies and duopolies have blocked new competition. But in neighborhoods with three or more competitors, Gigabit speeds drive the market and families have faster speeds at lower prices. Competition is the answer, and the FCC should bring these benefits to all Americans with all deliberate speed."

Pickering concluded, "We support the Commission adopting policies that lower barriers for competitors, such as 'One Touch, Make Ready' for pole attachments. The FCC should also clarify that it will not preempt any city or state that enables broadband competition in multi-tenant buildings, and it should open a rulemaking that makes clear that exclusive access arrangements are not permitted. Consumers living in condos or apartments have a right to competition too."
FCC Announces Agenda for January Open Meeting 
The FCC released the tentative agenda for its January Open Commission Meeting:
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts
  • Connect America Fund Phase II Reconsideration Order
  • Connect America Fund Phase II Auction (Auction 903)
  • Establishment of the Office of Economics and Analytics
  • Paper Filing of Contracts
  • Obsolete Media Rules 
The Open Meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. Open Meetings are streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live and can be followed on social media with #OpenMtgFCC.