Additional Policy Issues


There are many different aspects of anchor institution broadband. Accordingly, SHLB has weighed in a wide-range of issues. Read below to learn more about SHLB's position in regards to Broadband Planning and Mapping, Spectrum, Municipal Broadband, and the 2016 Presidential Election.


Conducting an inventory of the locations and speeds of existing broadband networks for anchors – and identifying gaps in broadband coverage – can help target investments to areas most in need. That's why SHLB urges policymakers to gather detailed, granular information about the availability and use of high-capacity broadband services needed, rather than relying on outdated or generic claims that an area is already served by existing providers.

November 19, 2019 SHLB Letter to U.S. Commerce Committee on Broadband Data Act
July 16, 2018 SHLB Comments on NTIA's Broadband Mapping Funds
October 6, 2017 SHLB Comments on FCC's 706 Notice of Inquiry
October 11, 2016 SHLB Comments on National Broadband Research



May 4, 2020 Broadband Connects America Coalition comments regarding unlicensed white space device operations in the television bands
February 11, 2020 Joint letter to the FCC regarding the 6 GHz band
January 15, 2020 Joint Reply to Opposition to Petition for Reconsideration of the Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band Order
November 25, 2019 Joint Petition for Reconsideration of the Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band Order
November 5, 2019 Letter to the FCC regarding unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band
October 3, 2019 Comments to OMB regarding: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band
August 7, 2019 Joint Comments on Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 GHz Band
July 9, 2019 Joint Letter to Congress Calling for C-Band Spectrum Auctions
July 3, 2019 Joint Letter Requesting a Priority Window for Rural Educators in EBS Decision
May 13, 2019 Joint Request To Ensure Complete EBS Record
May 8, 2019 Joint Petition to the FCC: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band
April 11, 2019 Notice of Ex Parte to the FCC: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band
March 18, 2019 Reply Comments to the FCC: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band
November 9, 2018 Ex Parte Letter to FCC: Transforming the 2.5 GHz band, WC Docket No. 18-120
August 8, 2018 Comments to the FCC: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band, WT Docket No. 18-120
June 19, 2018 Motion to Extend Comment Cycle: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band, WT Docket No. 18-120
May 30, 2018 Ex Parte Letter: Promoting Investment in the 3550-3700 MHz Band, GN Docket
No. 17-258
June 21, 2017 3.7 GHz Band Petition for Rulemaking
June 19, 2017 Letter to the FCC on Commercial Operations in the 3550-3650 MHz Band
June 29, 2016 Big Tent Letter to the White House on 5.9 GHz Spectrum
Dec 8, 2015 SHLB Ex Parte: Terrestrial Use of the 2473-2495 MHz Band for Low-Power Mobile Broadband Networks – IB Docket No. 13-213



April 29, 2020 Joint letter to Congress asking to support affordable broadband access in COVID-19 stimulus package(s)
March 17, 2020 Letter to the FCC to ensure educational equity during COVID-19 disruptions
February 13, 2020 Joint Comments to the FCC Regarding the Suspension and Debarment Rulemaking
September 20, 2019 Comments to the FCC on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and Connect America Fund
July 29, 2019 Comments to the FCC on Proposal to Place an Overall Cap on USF Programs
June 19, 2019 Ex Parte Letter to the FCC on Simplifying the Application Process for USF Programs
June 11, 2019 Joint Statement Opposing Universal Service Fund Cap Proposal
January 3, 2017 SHLB Biennial Review Comments to the FCC
August 15, 2016 Comparison of Clinton and Trump Broadband Platforms
April 28, 2016 SHLB Privacy Letter to FCC
Mar 11, 2016 SHLB Privacy Letter to FCC
Mar 3, 2016 SHLB Signs Letter to Presidential Debate Moderators to Address Internet Access
Jan 20, 2016 SHLB Broadband Privacy Letter to FCC
June 10, 2015 SHLB Comments to the Broadband Opportunities Council 
August 29, 2014 SHLB Comments on Municipal Broadband
May 10, 2011 SHLB Letter on Importance of Anchor Institutions to the U.S. Ignite Initiative
Janaury 27, 2010 SHLB UCAN Reply Comments