Voqal filed comments yesterday in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Voqal, filing on behalf of its five nonprofit owners and Mobile Citizen, welcomes the long-awaited decision by the FCC to revisit the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) rules. This rulemaking is a unique opportunity for the FCC to address three key objectives: closing the homework gap and the digital divide, enabling faster rural broadband deployment and accelerating 5G buildout to more Americans. While there are many positive elements of the rulemaking, Voqal is concerned that some proposed rules would be detrimental to education. In its comments to the FCC, Voqal proposes three key policy positions:
1. Keep EBS educational.
2. Update the educational use requirements.
3. Allow schools and nonprofits to acquire new EBS licenses, especially in rural areas.
Voqal, which has been serving educators and the community for over 30 years, encourages the commission to modernize this critical public asset while preserving its educational nature.
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