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

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

Infrastructure Meetings Underway

Trump administration officials are set to be on Capitol Hill today "talking to my staff" about its infrastructure proposal, Thune told reporters Tuesday, noting his staffers have offered the White House ideas. The package, which may not be released until after the State of the Union on Jan. 30, is likely to address broadband in … Continue reading Infrastructure Meetings Underway

Trump’s Broadband Assist

The Trump administration is eyeing multiple "work streams" to help speed along broadband deployment, the National Economic Council's Grace Koh told reporters Friday: easing the permitting process on federal lands; letting towers built on federal lands also include infrastructure from telecom companies; and using dark fiber agencies have deployed to help rural providers through interconnection … Continue reading Trump’s Broadband Assist

5G now a matter of national security, Trump administration decides

Insight from Steve Blum on his blog. Telecommunications is one of the sorts of infrastructure that the Trump administration wants to improve, but its interest seems limited to upgrading wireless infrastructure for eventual 5G service. That support might only include regulatory reform, particularly federal preemption of state and local laws and property rights, rather than … Continue reading 5G now a matter of national security, Trump administration decides