Strict Radiation Standards May Delay 5G Rollout In EU Capital Brussels

Despite serving as Europe’s capital, the Belgian city of Brussels expects to miss the continent’s planned 2020 rollout of 5G due to overly strict radiation rules, according to new reports this week. The reports come months after Europe attempted to position itself as the “global lead market for 5G,” and hint at the regional regulatory … Continue reading Strict Radiation Standards May Delay 5G Rollout In EU Capital Brussels

CETF Report: Catalyst for Action

The California Emerging Technology Fund has published their annual report celebrating ten years of achievement. 10 Years of Achievement in Closing the Digital Divide The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has been on a mission over the last decade to forge partnerships and foster public policy to close the Digital Divide. This work has been … Continue reading CETF Report: Catalyst for Action

POTUS Requests Additional Funding for Rural Programs

  RCRC Barbed Wire Newsletter The White House is requesting an additional $117 billion in nondefense discretionary spending for the 2018 budget. The request includes funding for Federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and key programs for rural broadband, including the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) broadband mapping program and the Rural Utilities … Continue reading POTUS Requests Additional Funding for Rural Programs

Trump Receptive On Broadband?

During Wednesday's House Energy and Commerce Committee markup, multiple Democrats harped on the lack of dedicated broadband money in the White House infrastructure proposal. "Will this committee take the lead?" asked Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who was among lawmakers meeting with President Donald Trump earlier Wednesday on infrastructure, reassured Welch that … Continue reading Trump Receptive On Broadband?

Elon Musk’s Broadband-From-Space Plan Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle

Todd Shields and Dana Hull writing at Bloomberg Technology Elon Musk’s SpaceX moved closer to another orbital frontier as regulators advanced its application to launch a low-orbit constellation of satellites and join a jostling field of operators trying to cash in on broadband service from space. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday recommended … Continue reading Elon Musk’s Broadband-From-Space Plan Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle

FCC Rural Wireless Service Standard?

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS - Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have introduced legislation that aims to close the rural-urban digital divide. The Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act of 2018 would call on the FCC to establish a national standard that offers a point of reference for whether rural wireless service is … Continue reading FCC Rural Wireless Service Standard?

Democrats Question Lack Of Broadband Funding

Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) slammed the lack of dedicated broadband funding in the Trump administration's infrastructure plan . "This glaring omission is a betrayal of the rural voters that supported him in his election, and a missed opportunity to close the digital divide that separates rural and urban America," Welch said … Continue reading Democrats Question Lack Of Broadband Funding