Rural Broadband Economics: A Review of Rural Subsidies

INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY This paper, commissioned by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom – The Broadband Association, examines communications networks, road networks, and electric power networks as three key network infrastructure industries; and the resulting vulnerability in low-density rural areas with the highest need for targeted subsidies. In establishing sound public policy (and … Continue reading Rural Broadband Economics: A Review of Rural Subsidies

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“5G” Wireless Is the New Fiber Optic, Bait-and-Switch Scandal

Bruce Kushnick, a Telecom Analyst and New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member has a long and rambling discussion of telco bait and switch on Medium, the last third of his article and link to full article is below.  This does not bode well for rural broadband, just a higher tech digital divide. Cities, towns … Continue reading “5G” Wireless Is the New Fiber Optic, Bait-and-Switch Scandal

Small Cell Pole Dilemma

Russ Steele As I am reading about 5G small cell implementation there is a nagging thought, how will cities, towns, and villages deal with multiple providers who want to install small cells on community light poles. What happens when AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint/TMobile all want to use the same light pole? Not a problem in … Continue reading Small Cell Pole Dilemma

Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

A recent study by the Blandin Foundation shows three out of five counties would see the annual collective benefit from broadband. From the Study Summary: What did we learn about valuing broadband? It’s complicated. But we found an arsenal of tools to help make the case to community leaders, policymakers and broadband providers that broadband … Continue reading Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

Does It Matter If China Beats The Us To Build A 5G Network?

Wired takes a look at the stakes in the global competition to deploy the next-generation wireless service. TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR the next generation of wireless services aren’t even finalized, yet the US and China are already locked in a crucial race to be the first country to deploy a so-called 5G network. Or at least … Continue reading Does It Matter If China Beats The Us To Build A 5G Network?

Rural Broadband A Top Priority For Secretary Of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue

by Tammy Cronin, Valley Vision Blog, 30 April 2018 [Editor note: See the highlighted text in the paragraph below, on broadband as critical infrastructure just like electricity and water.] On Wednesday, April 18, the 2018 Cap-to-Cap Food & Ag policy team had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. The meeting, secured … Continue reading Rural Broadband A Top Priority For Secretary Of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue

Yuba-Sutter Broadband Forum

I attended the Yuba-Sutter Broadband Forum in Marysville and found some of the presentations by Steve Blum quite interesting. The Form Results and links to Steve's presentation are located HERE. Also of note are the Valley Vision Coverage Maps for El Dorado, Placer, Sutter and Yuba County HERE. One of my takeaways from the meeting … Continue reading Yuba-Sutter Broadband Forum