A highly anticipated effort to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet service to the western Nevada County area, funded largely through nearly $17 million in grant money, may soon be in new hands. Race Communications, a Bay Area company, has entered negotiations with Spiral Internet CEO John Paul to acquire Bright Fiber, an independent internet service provider … Continue reading Race Communications To Acquire Nevada County’s Bright Fiber And Its Fiber Network Project
— Verizon bristled at the notion that other cities should try to ape its deal with San Jose, Calif., to contribute to a digital inclusion fund in exchange for streamlined access to install small cells. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel highlighted San Jose's agreements with Verizon, AT&T and Mobilitie on Wednesday, but Verizon's Will Johnson wrote … Continue reading Verizon Says No Way On San Jose Model
Some forward-thinking California communities are developing 5G implementation strategic plans. There are multiple decisions to be made before telcos start installing 5G small cell transmission and receiving station in a community. Forward-thinking communities are getting answers now, rather than waiting for the installation teams to decent on the community. FCC Commissioner Rosenworce is promoting the San … Continue reading Does Your Community Have a 5G Plan?
The nation’s wireless carriers continue to petition the FCC to issue guidelines to states and cities about how much they should charge for small cell deployments and other network upgrades. “Many municipalities unfortunately continue to demand exorbitant fees for access to rights-of-way and structures within them, including, for example, attachment fees that exceed $4,000 per … Continue reading Carriers Clamor For FCC Oversight Of State and City-Level Small Cell Fees
— Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) saw among her House Energy and Commerce colleagues "a lot of agreement that we need to make certain NTIA is in shape to handle broadband and to push forward with this rural broadband expansion," she told reporters Tuesday following a hearing on GOP draft legislation to reauthorize NTIA for the … Continue reading Blackburn Wants To Move NTIA Reauthorization Soon
— The House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee will meet at 1:15 p.m. for a hearing on a raft of telecom issues, including getting more broadband out to rural America and grappling with fallout from the EU's sweeping new data privacy law. The hearing is pegged to GOP draft legislation to reauthorize the National Telecommunications … Continue reading Today: Lawmakers Line Up Telecom Debate
This week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a nomination hearing for Geoffrey Starks who was nominated to fill retiring Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In his opening statement, Starks told Committee Chairman John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Florida) that rural broadband deployment and telemedicine would be … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Update