Houston, We Have a Broadband Problem

In real life, the quote was "Houston, we've had a problem.” phrase used by Jack Swigert to report an explosion in one of the Apollo 13 oxygen tanks during a flight to the Moon. The crew was forced into survival mode as the team orbited the Moon and returned to the Earth. It became well-used … Continue reading Houston, We Have a Broadband Problem


Sen. Tina Smith’s Broadband Play

Ever since Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) assumed her seat at the start of 2018, she talked up her goals for expanding broadband access, and on Thursday she unveiled legislation to help codify and tweak Agriculture Department grants aimed at spurring internet connectivity. Her bill would authorize the Community Connect grant program at $50 million annually. … Continue reading Sen. Tina Smith’s Broadband Play

Obama Broadband Stimulus and Rural Broadband

Senator Ted Cruz quoted in POLITICO Morning Tech newsletter. ". . . he [Cruz] viewed as wasted money from the billions of dollars spent on broadband stimulus under the Obama administration: “A lot of that money ended up nowhere near rural broadband.” When the ARRA Stimulus Broadband Request for Proposals was issued, I was consulting … Continue reading Obama Broadband Stimulus and Rural Broadband

About That Omnibus Broadband Cash

- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and GOP FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly both offered words of caution Wednesday about how the federal government should spend the $600 million going to the Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service for a broadband pilot as part of the recent omnibus spending law. "There was $600 million in there ostensibly for … Continue reading About That Omnibus Broadband Cash

Rural Broadband’s Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?

As states struggle to close the connectivity gap in rural areas, some experts believe a federal mandate, similar to the one that first brought those residents electricity, might be in order. The American landscape of broadband in rural areas is spotty at best. It is a picture covered with splotches of color. Some maps are … Continue reading Rural Broadband’s Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?

The State Of Broadband In Nevada County

Erika Kosina, Tech Connection Writer, has an Other Voices in The Union on the state of broadband in Nevada County Nevada County's tech industry is poised for growth. More and more tech talent and businesses are realizing what a great place Nevada County is to live. But before this growth can happen, we need two things: … Continue reading The State Of Broadband In Nevada County