FCC awarding up to $16 billion to address U.S. areas lacking broadband service

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission | June 09, 2020

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to adopt auction procedures to provide up to $16 billion to areas that lack broadband service, including nearly 6 million unserved rural homes and businesses. The FCC voted to commence the auction on Oct. 29. Auction applicants will be required to offer voice and broadband services in unserved locations in exchange for receiving monthly payments over 10 years. The three FCC Republican commissioners approved the proposal, while the two Democrats dissented in part. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said Americans without access to high-speed internet “deserve access as soon as possible.

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On August 25, 2014, Governor Rick Snyder directed the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to assemble a panel of experts to review Michigan’s standards for disposing low-activity radioactive materials.

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On August 25, 2014, Governor Rick Snyder directed the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to assemble a panel of experts to review Michigan’s standards for disposing low-activity radioactive materials.

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