The Senate Broadband Caucus this morning is convening lawmakers and educators to talk about how closing the digital divide could help address challenges that schools, teachers and students face. Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and FCC Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel are all scheduled to give remarks … Continue reading (Broad)Banding Together
The focus of this blog is on rural broadband issues. However, AT&T has launched a fiber to the home project in my Sun City community. This fiber install provides an opportunity to observe the process and write about it, sharing issues that might arise out of this telecommunication infrastructure upgrade. According to a technician who … Continue reading AT&T Gigapower Fiber Coming to My Neighborhood
Connect Americans Now, a coalition backing the use of TV White Spaces to expand access to rural broadband, now has 100 members. Its membership includes Microsoft and ACT | The App Association. Source: POLITICO Morning Tech From the Connect America Now website: Implications of the Digital Divide • 6.5 million students lack access to high-speed … Continue reading TV White Spaces Group Boosts Ranks – Where is CA? [Updated]
The House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee scheduled a March 22 legislative hearing on four bills, including a new discussion draft from Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) that would increase fines for illegal pirate radio operators by 10-fold per violation. The other trio of FCC-centric measures would direct the commission to study … Continue reading National Rural Broadband Standard?
Mayors and local officials from over 35 cities are pressing the FCC to include more local input as it develops plans to expand broadband deployment and establish 5G infrastructure. In a letter led by Next Century Cities, the officials criticize the agency for its efforts to restrict local involvement in such efforts. "The Commission currently … Continue reading Next Century Cities Mayors Press FCC On 5G
It's been a long journey for Spiral to launch a gigabit fiber optic broadband network in Nevada County, mainly down State Highway 174. John Paul, Spiral CEO, writes: "Google chose Kansas City, then a few more cities, then decided that building gigabit fiber optic networks was hard work. So it retreated. Spiral, however, hasn't. I … Continue reading Spiral Gigabit Fiber Update
Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on Tuesday praised a study supporting his plan to cut regulation for the wireless industry ... which also paid for the study. The Accenture report, commissioned by CTIA, found that the order excluding small cell wireless antennas from federal environmental and historic reviews could save the industry $1.6 billion by … Continue reading Carr Touts Industry-Backed 5G Study