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October updates

10.29.19 - The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled "Repurposing the C-Band to Benefit All Americans." | Press Release

10.21.19 - The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Minnesota PUC’s appeal of an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision affirming a District Court of Minnesota’s ruling that Charter’s VoIP service is an information service under the Telecommunications Act and that state regulation of Charter’s VoIP services was preempted.

10.17.19 – The Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a hearing on oversight of the FCC Spectrum Auctions Program, with Chairman Ajit Pai as a witness. |Press Release

10.15.19 - The State Members of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service sent a recommended decision to the FCC Commissioners, on revising the contribution mechanism for federal universal service programs. The State Members recommended the FCC expand the contribution base to include broadband internet access service and adopt a connections-based assessment on residential services and an expanded revenues-based assessment on business services

10.07.19 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is investing $152 million in 20 projects to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states. The USDA is making the investments through the  Community Connect Grant Program, the  Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the  Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.

10.01.19 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an opinion granting in part and denying in part petitions for review of the 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom order. The court upheld the order with two exceptions.

News clips

10.02.19 Where the net neutrality fight goes next (Axios) 
10.01.19 Appeals court upholds net neutrality repeal but rules FCC can't block state laws(The Hill)