The Race To 5G

— Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will discuss all things 5G with Margaret at a POLITICO event this morning. Expect to hear more about the infrastructure needed for the next-generation wireless service — including Carr's proposal to preempt local rules that stand in the way of installation — as well … Continue reading The Race To 5G

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Fact Sheet Explains Why “Satellite Is Not Broadband” But?

Community Networks Newsletter As a nation our goal is ubiquitous broadband coverage so every person, regardless of where they live, can obtain the fast, affordable, reliable Internet access necessary for modern times. For people in rural areas, where large national wireline providers don’t typically invest in the infrastructure for high-quality connectivity, satellite Internet access is … Continue reading Fact Sheet Explains Why “Satellite Is Not Broadband” But?

Electric Coops Elbow Into Broadband Debate

— One point of contention as lawmakers reconcile competing versions of the farm bill ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline is whether to take up the Senate or House version of the bill's broadband provisions. While groups like USTelecom and NCTA that represent big internet service providers favor the Senate provisions, electric cooperatives, which are … Continue reading Electric Coops Elbow Into Broadband Debate

FCC Prepares to Push Forward With Streamlining 5G Deployment

A Federal Communications Commission member announced a proposed order Tuesday that would limit the fees municipalities can charge providers to deploy fifth-generation wireless infrastructure, as well as shorten application review periods. Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican, highlighted his plan in a speech before the Indiana Senate—Indianapolis having recently been selected by Verizon to pilot 5G … Continue reading FCC Prepares to Push Forward With Streamlining 5G Deployment

Carr To Unveil 5G Infrastructure Order

Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is in Indianapolis this morning, where he'll give his take on state and local rules for 5G equipment. The wireless industry has complained about the fees cities charge for installing the equipment and the amount of time it takes to win approval for such projects — and they've been pushing … Continue reading Carr To Unveil 5G Infrastructure Order

Field Level Broadband Mapping Proposal

I have been working on the problem of broadband mapping accuracy since the summer of 2013 when the Gold County Broadband Consortia collected broadband survey forms at the Nevada County Fair. Plotting the information gathered at the Fair revealed some significant gaps in the California Broadband Maps.  The GCBC worked with the California Public Utilities … Continue reading Field Level Broadband Mapping Proposal

Connect America Fund Auction To Expand Broadband To Over 700,000 Rural Homes And Businesses

FCC Press Release Auction Allocates $1.488 Billion To Close the Digital Divide WASHINGTON, August 28, 2018—Over 700,000 rural homes and small businesses will gain access to high-speed Internet service for the first time through the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction, auction results released today show, and more than half of those … Continue reading Connect America Fund Auction To Expand Broadband To Over 700,000 Rural Homes And Businesses