NTIA’s Request for Comments on Broadband Data Spurs Concerns About FCC’s Form 477

The Broadband Breakfast has the details. The following is excerpts: According to US Telecom, the root of the problem is not “an inaccurate view of where broadband exists” but rather that “unserved locations are not mapped at all.” Because they are unmapped, the unserved areas remain excluded from policies to deploy broadband access. “It is … Continue reading NTIA’s Request for Comments on Broadband Data Spurs Concerns About FCC’s Form 477

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RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai provided remarks at an event hosted by Axios.com. Chairman Pai covered a broad range of policy issues, including rural broadband and the digital divide. Chairman Pai said his top priority for the remainder of his chairmanship is to close the digital divide, which he argues is … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

Crowd Source Solutions – Validating broadband availability

In 2012 the Gold County Broadband Consortia, one of the 14 Consortial funded by the California Public Utilities Commission, recognized that the California Broadband Maps did not reveal the correct broadband coverage at advertised speeds. GCBC developed a survey and purchased booth space at the Nevada County Fair. They asked fairgoers to fill out the … Continue reading Crowd Source Solutions – Validating broadband availability

Sen Manchin, Makes Wise Mapping Decision

The FCC says Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) can challenge its decision to exclude some areas of his state from subsidies to expand mobile broadband. The Mobility Fund auction will award $4.53 billion to companies to offer service in rural areas, but the FCC said some communities already have adequate service and are thus ineligible for … Continue reading Sen Manchin, Makes Wise Mapping Decision

DIY or Go Without Broadband: Part Three

Part One  and  Part Two There are multiple online tools for testing internet speeds, in addition to the CPUC apps mentioned in Part Two. Some example here: speedtest.net,   Bandwidth Place,  SpeedOf.me,   speed.io   TestMy.net.   These tools test internet broadband or WiFi networks for download speeds, upload speeds, connects and pings. The download value tells you … Continue reading DIY or Go Without Broadband: Part Three