At the May 18, 2017 Open Commission Meeting, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to restore the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet access service as an information service and by seeking comment on the existing rules governing Internet service providers' practices (WC Docket No. 17-108).
The next generation of wireless connectivity-the fifth generation, or 5G-is a virtual cornerstone for critical 21st century opportunities related to economic growth, education, employment, transportation, and more. These new networks and technologies will enable new high speed, low latency wireless broadband services, the Internet of things, and innovations not yet imagined.
The incentive auction includes a reverse auction — Auction 1001 — in which broadcasters will offer to voluntarily relinquish some or all of their spectrum usage rights, and a forward auction — Auction 1002 — of new, flexible-use licenses suitable for providing mobile broadband services.
The Connect2Health Taskforce is exploring the intersection of broadband, advanced technology and health and further charting the broadband future of health care – serving as an umbrella for all FCC health-oriented activities to help enable a healthier America.
Taking on the communications challenges faced by Americans with disabilities has been and will remain at the forefront of the FCC's agenda. This includes the telecommunications needs of the millions Americans who are Deaf, hard of hearing, speech disabled and deaf-blind. The FCC's latest effort is called Accessible Communications for Everyone (ACE), an initiative to break down telephone access barriers for these populations using innovative technologies of the 21st century.