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

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Next Century Cities Mayors Press FCC On 5G

Mayors and local officials from over 35 cities are pressing the FCC to include more local input as it develops plans to expand broadband deployment and establish 5G infrastructure. In a letter led by Next Century Cities, the officials criticize the agency for its efforts to restrict local involvement in such efforts. "The Commission currently … Continue reading Next Century Cities Mayors Press FCC On 5G

A Message From CTIA And America’s Wireless Industry

We need new rules for new 5G networks. Proposed FCC rules modernizing federal environmental and historic preservation reviews of new wireless infrastructure are a critical step. We need similar action by cities, states, the FCC and Congress to update local siting rules. Identifying a pipeline of new low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum is the other … Continue reading A Message From CTIA And America’s Wireless Industry

Small Business Subcommittees on Health, Technology, Agriculture, Energy, and Trade Holds Hearing.

This hearing will examine the disparities between large, nationwide carriers and small, rural carriers that contribute to the urban and rural digital divide. Rural communities depend on small carriers to provide internet and telecommunications service where nationwide providers may choose not to deploy broadband, or provide minimal service. Deploying broadband in these high-cost areas requires … Continue reading Small Business Subcommittees on Health, Technology, Agriculture, Energy, and Trade Holds Hearing.

Department of Agriculture Rural Prosperity

In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order establishing the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity “to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities.” As Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue was selected to serve as the chairman of the Task Force, which includes 22 … Continue reading Department of Agriculture Rural Prosperity

RCRC on Rural Broadband

Rural broadband is a top priority for rural infrastructure, but this week’s White House press release confirms the President’s infrastructure package will not dedicate funding, or direct Governors to use funds, for broadband deployment projects. This lack of guidance does not bode well for Rural Broadband which does not have a dedicated cheerleading organization with … Continue reading RCRC on Rural Broadband

The Risks and Rewards of Municipal Broadband

Corning Glass introduces a new term for fiber connections "ultra-broadband". Broadband is the most important infrastructure investment a community can make, especially as a new generation of connection is upon us: ultra-broadband. Ultra-broadband enables much faster speeds than broadband’s first generation, typically 100 Mbps or faster. It delivers low latency, helping satisfy requirements for emerging … Continue reading The Risks and Rewards of Municipal Broadband