Vol. 17, No. 23
June 14, 2021
FCC Reschedules O-RAN Solutions Showcase to July 14-15
The FCC has rescheduled the Open Radio Access Network Solutions Showcase to July 14-15, 2021.

To accommodate the large number of interested participants, the showcase will expand to two days. It will remain an online event and will include an overview of the various components of an Open RAN system, panels featuring vendors with products or services that correspond to those network elements, and practical advice and updates from the field.
Senators Reach Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement
A group of five Republican and five Democratic senators announced last Thursday they have worked in good faith to reach a bipartisan agreement on a framework to modernize U.S. infrastructure and energy technologies: $1 trillion over five years, or $1.2 trillion over eight years, including $579 billion in new spending.

Details have not yet been released on exact funding amounts for broadband, but lawmakers says the investment would be fully paid for and not include tax increases. “We are discussing our approach with our respective colleagues, and the White House, and remain optimistic that this can lay the groundwork to garner broad support from both parties and meet America’s infrastructure needs,” Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mark Warner (D-VA) said in a statement.
Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Close Digital Divide
Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; Rob Portman (R-OH) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced new bipartisan legislation aimed at closing the growing digital divide in communities across the country.

The Digital Equity Act of 2021 strengthens federal support for efforts to help ensure students, families, and workers have the information technology capacity needed to fully participate in society by establishing two new $125 million grant programs to be administered by the NTIA to promote digital equity nationwide.