Good News: Pai Maintains Broadband Speed

The FCC's Democrats acknowledged that Pai's 2018 Broadband Deployment Report isn't as bad as they feared. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted she's glad the agency dropped the "crazy idea" of lowering the broadband speed benchmark, while Clyburn said the report is now "correctly concluding" that mobile broadband is not a substitute for a home connection. But … Continue reading Good News: Pai Maintains Broadband Speed

Broadband-Palooza

Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and David McKinley (R-W.V.) are introducing a broadband bill today that would require broadband conduit to be included in the construction of roads built with federal funding. This legislation would set up a mandate for such roads to have plastic pipes that could hold fiber-optic communications cable. The bill, Broadband Conduit … Continue reading Broadband-Palooza

Senate 5G Bill ‘Still Percolating’

Although House Republicans are making a lot of noise this week about broadband infrastructure proposals, top senators say a bill addressing 5G is still rolling along. "I know we were close before," Thune told John. "It's still percolating." Thune was working on this draft bill last year with Schatz and at one point hoped to … Continue reading Senate 5G Bill ‘Still Percolating’

Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband

"President Donald Trump's still-unreleased infrastructure plan is already facing one big demand from dozens of lawmakers: a dedicated pot of money for rural broadband," John reports. Trump has repeatedly pledged to promote faster internet service for rural communities, a key part of his base, but White House officials have said the infrastructure plan isn't expected … Continue reading Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband

Trump Promotes Rural Broadband During Farm Bureau Speech

From RCRC: The Barbed Wire - 01-12-18 On Monday, President Trump delivered a speech at the 99th Annual Farm Bureau Convention where he signed two executive orders to expand broadband deployment in rural areas. The first order, “Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America,” will accelerate the deployment of broadband in … Continue reading Trump Promotes Rural Broadband During Farm Bureau Speech

Attention Rural Community Local Control Committees

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee will hold two days of meetings at FCC headquarters on Jan. 23 and 24 to consider recommendations from its working groups. The panel will hear reports on creating model codes for municipalities and states, removing state and local regulatory barriers, streamlining federal siting and fostering competitive access … Continue reading Attention Rural Community Local Control Committees

Makers are Rural Economic Developers and Educators

What is a maker you ask? Dale Dougherty writing in Free to Make: How the Maker Movement is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Mind Makers are people who regard technology as an invitation to explore and experiment, with the most inclusive possible definition of technology, meaning any skill or technique that we learn … Continue reading Makers are Rural Economic Developers and Educators