Nevada City says ‘no’ to Verizon, again

Nevada City councilmembers struck down an appeal from Verizon Wireless on Wednesday night for its application to install wireless infrastructure in the downtown historic district that was denied by the city's Planning Commission in Sept. 2016. Nathan Giguiere, an employee with Epic Wireless representing Verizon, said the company is still searching for an appropriate site … Continue reading Nevada City says ‘no’ to Verizon, again

Findings on the Economic Benefits of Broadband Expansion to Rural and Remote Areas

Increasing broadband access will be a boon to small-town economies by keeping local businesses competitive and attracting new residents. In a recent study by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, it was found that areas with one to three broadband providers experience a 6.4 percent higher employment growth rate and a 2.4 percent increase … Continue reading Findings on the Economic Benefits of Broadband Expansion to Rural and Remote Areas

America’s Digital Divide

The Senate Joint Economic Committee report on America's  digital divide. Our economy is increasingly becoming dependent on access to high-speed internet connections.1 Access to the internet brings unprecedented economic opportunities for users, especially for people living in remote areas, for whom the internet opens a window to the world. The internet, and access to it, … Continue reading America’s Digital Divide

Senate & House Democrats Unveil ‘A Better Deal On Universal High-Speed Internet’

The U.S. Senate and House Democrats unveil one of the critical tenets of their new economic agenda – “A Better Deal on Universal High-Speed Internet.” The Senate and House Democrats will say that far too many Americans – many of them located in rural communities – lack the access to the high-speed, high-quality Internet that … Continue reading Senate & House Democrats Unveil ‘A Better Deal On Universal High-Speed Internet’

SB-649 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities [Small Cell Towers]

The bill was passed the Assembly and Senate and sent to the Governor’s office for signature at 5:30 on 21 September.  The Governor has until October 15th to sign or veto the bill.  A copy of the bill as amended is HERE:20170SB649_92 This bill was opposed by a consortium of rural organizations: ALERT! Opposition to … Continue reading SB-649 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities [Small Cell Towers]

Slow Fiber in Nevada County — FCC Help on the Horizon?

Union Columnist George Boardman reports that Spiral’s fiber-optic network has been delayed again. Nevada County's long-promised high-speed fiber-optic network has been delayed again, and John Paul, CEO of Spiral Internet, is not making any promises about when groundbreaking will occur and the first customers will receive service. Perhaps Paul has concluded that he is no … Continue reading Slow Fiber in Nevada County — FCC Help on the Horizon?