• Comment dates have been set for the Mobility Fund Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (see October 18 edition of This Week in Telecom). The NPRM “proposes the creation of a new Mobility Fund to make available one-time support to significantly improve coverage of current-generation or better mobile voice and Internet service for consumers in areas where such coverage is currently missing. The [FCC] seeks comment on creating the Mobility Fund using reserves accumulated in the Universal Service Fund and on the use of a reverse auction to make one-time support available to service providers to cost-effectively extend mobile coverage in specified unserved areas.” Comments are due December 16, 2010, and Reply Comments are due January 18, 2011. More details are available here.
  • On November 8, 2010, NTIA and the Economic and Statistics Administration (ESA) of the Department of Commerce released a report on broadband adoption stating that “income and education are strongly associated with broadband Internet use at home but are not the sole determinants.” The report is based on data collected by the US Census Bureau in October 2009 from 54,000 households. “Lack of need or interest, lack of affordability, lack of an adequate computer, and lack of availability were all stated as the main reason for not having home broadband Internet access.” Of these, lack of interest was the most cited reason for not having home broadband. Affordability became a higher factor for those households that did not use the Internet at home, but did use the Internet outside of the home. The report is available here.