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
". . . 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
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
El Paso County Colorado is developing a plan and they want insights from businesses and residents about Internet service options. An online survey is to gather information for the county's Broadband Strategic Plan, which will analyze what private providers offer in the county, from fiber-optic broadband to wireless, and planned expansions of those networks. The … Continue reading Got Plan?
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
The average US broadband home now consumes somewhere around 190 GB per month, according to a new report by iGR. The firm notes that somewhere around 90% of that data consumption is video, with those tallies expected to soar quickly thanks to two things: 4K and HDR video streaming becoming more commonplace, and a greater … Continue reading Average Household Broadband Usage
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”