Broadband as Critical Infrastructure

On November 8th of this year in a California Advanced Services Fund presentation, Cynthia Walker who is the Director of the Communications Division, outlined some Big Picture Ideas for Discussion in implementing AB-1665 and changes to the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Program. Those ideas are presenting in the graphic below: I would like to … Continue reading Broadband as Critical Infrastructure

RCRC: Hearing Held on “Internet of Things”

From the RCRC Newsletter: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet held a hearing on expanding access to the “Internet of Things” (IoT) in rural communities.  “Beyond generating simple conveniences, Internet of Things technologies are taking on more significant and vital roles in our lives,” Chairman Roger Wicker … Continue reading RCRC: Hearing Held on “Internet of Things”

A New Vision for Economic Development

A new approach to economic development centered around the development of a municipal fiber network. Here again is a city, Wilson, treating high-speed broadband as critical infrastructure, just like water, sewer, and power. Pots and Pans: Wilson is using an approach that other cities should consider. They involve all of the stakeholders in the community … Continue reading A New Vision for Economic Development

How tax reform can support rural broadband

Nicol Turner-Lee Brookings Techtank: Not all U.S. communities are created equal when it comes to broadband deployment and availability. Earlier this year, my colleagues Blair Levin and Carol Mattey shared the challenges associated with deploying broadband in rural areas. According to the authors, it is not only expensive, but it does not necessarily yield a … Continue reading How tax reform can support rural broadband

5G Barriers and a Competitive Edge

by Russ Steele A recent report by the American Consumers Institute finds that consumers will benefit in hundreds of billions of dollars that will flow from the installation of 5G broadband wireless services. The barrier to realizing these economic benefits is about $250 Billion in corporate investment and a plethora of red tape from 50 … Continue reading 5G Barriers and a Competitive Edge

Broadband redlining in rural California, a tale of two mayors

Steve Blum's Blog has an interesting account of broadband in two communities, one with fiber built with public money and another community split between two incumbent providers with no incentive to improve their broadband service. More details HERE. I draw readers attention to the economic benefits of having high-speed broadband in your community. Oroville Mayor: You … Continue reading Broadband redlining in rural California, a tale of two mayors