The Race to 5G

The IEEE has compiled some of the racers and their position in the race HERE. Where is your community in the race? Got Plan?  

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“5G” Wireless Is the New Fiber Optic, Bait-and-Switch Scandal

Bruce Kushnick, a Telecom Analyst and New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member has a long and rambling discussion of telco bait and switch on Medium, the last third of his article and link to full article is below.  This does not bode well for rural broadband, just a higher tech digital divide. Cities, towns … Continue reading “5G” Wireless Is the New Fiber Optic, Bait-and-Switch Scandal

Verizon Says No Way On San Jose Model

— 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

Carriers Clamor For FCC Oversight Of State and City-Level Small Cell Fees

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

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

AT&T Gigapower Fiber Coming to My Neighborhood

The focus of this blog is on rural broadband issues. However, AT&T has launched a fiber to the home project in my Sun City community. This fiber install provides an opportunity to observe the process and write about it, sharing issues that might arise out of this telecommunication infrastructure upgrade. According to a technician who … Continue reading AT&T Gigapower Fiber Coming to My Neighborhood