by Russ Steele In 2012 a citizen of Greenwood places a petition in the Greenwood Hardware Store requesting broadband for the community. Over 50 people signed the petition. In December of 2012 Brent Smith, then SEDCorp CEO, sent me a copy of the survey, which I put in an Excel Spreadsheet and plotted the information … Continue reading CEQA Friction Delays El Dorado Broadband Two Years
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is also hitting the road this week. The agency head will participate in roundtables with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Rep. Gus Bilirakis as he makes his way to cities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Pai is set to discuss how high-speed internet affects job growth and business development … Continue reading Pai To Gulf Coast
Microsoft's latest rural broadband push: Microsoft and Declaration Networks today are unveiling plans to deploy broadband using TV White Spaces and other tech in the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Garrett County, Maryland, according to a news release. Source: POLITICO Morning Tech The Microsoft Press Release is HERE In addition to introducing new service and … Continue reading Microsoft’s Latest Rural Broadband Push
Below is an email from Planet, formally Planet Lab, offering access to a global database of images providing the broadband user a new set of tools for exploring the planet and creating new ideas for analysis and possible business applications. Hi Russell, Planet has about 500 images for every given location on Earth’s landmass – … Continue reading New Space Tools for Economic Development.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking this week that will prohibit state and local governments from using Universal Service Fund (USF) dollars for equipment and services from providers identified as a national security risk. The order is targeting China-backed firms ZTE and Huawei who provide telecommunications equipment to U.S. service … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Update
Carr Teases Next Steps On Infrastructure - Fresh off his work on regulatory reviews for small cell installations, Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said Thursday he's turning his attention to state and local reviews for the 5G equipment. In a speech at CTIA's Race to 5G Summit, Carr hit on the biggest complaints from wireless … Continue reading 5G Fees and Approval Time Under Review at FCC
Across the country, red tape has blocked 750,000 students from access to high speed internet, according to EducationSuperHighway. In Montana alone, 45,000 students live with limited connectivity. "I visited Woodman School and know that the need is there," said Governor Bullock in a statement to WIRED. "Red tape stands in the way of closing the … Continue reading Wired: FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids