Hundreds sign petition against FCC’s plan to commercialize education’s wireless service

The Federal Communications Commission received a petition with more than 800 signatures on Wednesday urging the federal agency not to commercialize a wireless service that has traditionally been dedicated to serving educational institutions and nonprofits.

The petition coincides with an anticipated decision by the FCC to dispense with many of the requirements controlling who can hold a license for its Educational Broadband Service, opening up licenses to commercial broadband providers. Currently, only accredited educational institutions and nonprofits can hold licenses or lease excess capacity to private industry.

The proposed rule change, introduced in 2018, seeks to allow more flexible use of the spectrum by eliminating “outdated educational use requirements,” according to the FCC.

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