Sacramento will be Verizon’s first 5G city

Details in Sac Business Journal Sacramento will be the first city in the nation where Verizon will roll out commercial application of 5G high-speed wireless service, the company announced Wednesday. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) officials said in a news release the company expects to launch the service locally in the second half of 2018. … Continue reading Sacramento will be Verizon’s first 5G city

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Rural Broadband: The Red Herring of Net Neutrality

Matthew Sekol writing at Medium [. . .] USTelecom, the nation’s leading trade association representing and promoting the interests of its members, broadband service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry (according to their site), states that as of 2015, about 4% of the US lacked a wired connection and .2% lacked wired or wireless … Continue reading Rural Broadband: The Red Herring of Net Neutrality

Today in Technology: Innovation in the Heart of America

Brad Smith, Microsoft President, writing at LinkedIn with Carol Ann Browne We live in a time when it’s easy to talk about a divided America. On some days the divide is characterized by partisanship and a division between our political parties. On other days the news is characterized by racial or economic divides. But there’s … Continue reading Today in Technology: Innovation in the Heart of America

Who’s Spinning the World Wide Web? A Look at Broadband Connectivity

Post by Michelle Gartner. Sr Program Manager at SBC. I’ve always been curious about technology and how it works. Since embarking on my new position at Sierra Business Council managing the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, my curiosity around how we are connected to the World Wide Web has grown. I’ve been trying to uncover who … Continue reading Who’s Spinning the World Wide Web? A Look at Broadband Connectivity

The Coming Broadband Initiative Challenges for Rural ISPs

by Russ Steele The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law on February 17, 2009. The Broadband Initiative funded in the Act was intended to accelerate broadband deployment in unserved, underserved, and rural areas and to strategic institutions that are likely to create jobs or provide significant public benefits. SEDCorp, the … Continue reading The Coming Broadband Initiative Challenges for Rural ISPs

Hudson Institute: The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband

Rural broadband companies contributed $24.1 billion to the economies of the states in which they operated in 2015. Of this, $17.2 billion was through their own operations and $6.9 billion was through the follow-on impact of their operations. The total represents the amount added to the Gross Domestic Product by this set of firms. More … Continue reading Hudson Institute: The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband

FCC Public Comment Process and Bots

by Russ Steele The FCC is asking for public comments on Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Proposals.  It will be an opportunity for communities to express their concerns about the implementation of G5 networks in their neighborhoods. It also could be an opportunity for the major telcos to use bots to flood the comments with replies … Continue reading FCC Public Comment Process and Bots