Here We Go Again, Broadband Inquiry Style

• Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel fears the commission's latest annual inquiry on U.S. broadband deployment, released late Thursday, will end up being a replay of last year's contentious debate. You may recall a lot of hand-wringing last fall about how the FCC could cook the numbers to exaggerate how many people are connected. Once … Continue reading Here We Go Again, Broadband Inquiry Style

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5G Still Needs to Prove its Worth — GlobalData Report Released

The ‘race to 5G’ has moved beyond the telecoms industry and become a priority for governments around the world, but it remains unclear whether the end result will ultimately be worth the effort, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s latest report, ‘5G - Thematic Research’, states that the hype around … Continue reading 5G Still Needs to Prove its Worth — GlobalData Report Released

Twenty Massachusetts Communities to Build Fiber Networks

Twenty communities are pursuing or operating town-owned networks with help from the state. In Berkshire County, they include Alford, Becket, Mount Washington, New Ashford, Otis, Washington, and Windsor. More details HERE. Note the existing Telcom companies almost killed the option, dooming many communities to being on the wrong side of the digital divide. Twenty communities … Continue reading Twenty Massachusetts Communities to Build Fiber Networks

Today: FCC Meeting [08-02-18]

  At today's meeting, the commission will vote on preparations for 5G airwaves auctions in November and in 2019, as well as GOP Commissioner Brendan Carr's telehealth inquiry and an order on one-touch make-ready pole attachment reforms. Source: POLITICO Morning Tech View of the FCC Rule by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP - Joshua Guyan, … Continue reading Today: FCC Meeting [08-02-18]

Pai Eyes Rural Broadband Fix

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told a group of House members he acknowledges shortfalls with the subsidy arrangements for rural telecom carriers. "I aim to circulate an order ensuring adequate and efficient funding for rural broadband deployment later this year," he wrote in a response to Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and other lawmakers. … Continue reading Pai Eyes Rural Broadband Fix

RCRC: Rural Broadband Legislation Passed

This week, the House passed two pieces of legislation that would promote rural broadband. HR 3994, the Access Broadband Act, would create the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) within the Department of Commerce. HR 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish the Task … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Legislation Passed

CTIA on G5 Spectrum Needs

Testimony of Meredith Attwell Baker President & CEO CTIA on The Race to 5G: Exploring Spectrum Needs to Maintain U.S. Global Leadership before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation July 25, 2018 The full statement is HERE, However, the most interesting part for rural citizens seeking broadband are the paragraphs below. The … Continue reading CTIA on G5 Spectrum Needs