FirstNet Build Out Reduces AT&T 5G Costs

". . . AT&T expects to finish its efforts to build out fiber to roughly 14 million locations within the next 12 months." This fiber will support FirstNet and 5G installations. AT&T plans to install 5G equipment on towers as it installs the FirstNet 700 MHz equipment. This will reduce AT&T's 5G infrastructure costs.  We … Continue reading FirstNet Build Out Reduces AT&T 5G Costs

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Maine Towns Put Up Cash for Better Internet Service

The towns of Calais and Baileyville are following the lead of other towns and putting up the money to make faster Internet speeds a reality. Municipally funded networks are one solution to the problem that officials statewide agree needs some kind of outside support, according to the Maine Municipal Association. “In recent years, it has … Continue reading Maine Towns Put Up Cash for Better Internet Service

AT&T Seeks to Stamp Out Competition

AT&T despises competition and works relentlessly to stamp it out at every opportunity.  Last month, a petition was filed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) led by AT&T through their trade association, USTelecom. The petition, if granted, will cut off competition and raise prices on broadband customers. The petition seeks to end wholesale obligations put … Continue reading AT&T Seeks to Stamp Out Competition

Geoffrey Starks: “no digital divides or broadband deserts”

Broadband Champion? — The 38-year-old Democratic nominee to fill Mignon Clyburn's seat on the FCC named expanding access to internet connectivity as the agency's top challenge, putting him right in line with a core priority of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "There should be no digital divides or broadband deserts," Starks wrote in written answers to … Continue reading Geoffrey Starks: “no digital divides or broadband deserts”

Small Cell Pole Dilemma

Russ Steele As I am reading about 5G small cell implementation there is a nagging thought, how will cities, towns, and villages deal with multiple providers who want to install small cells on community light poles. What happens when AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint/TMobile all want to use the same light pole? Not a problem in … Continue reading Small Cell Pole Dilemma