Brookings makes three important points. 1. The U.S. must rapidly adopt complementary public policies with timelines that address ongoing spectrum shortage concerns. 2. The deployment of small cell technologies must become a priority to accelerate 5G infrastructure. 3. Stakeholders involved in 5G deployment must keep top of mind the economic and social good that these … Continue reading The Brookings Institute asks Will the US be 5G Ready? Will Communities Be Ready?
— Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is looking to consolidate a number of broadband proposals under the banner of NTIA reauthorization, she told John on Monday. "I would very much like to get this done before the August break. I don't know if that is going to be a possibility but I sure would like to … Continue reading Blackburn Eyes Final Broadband Push
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved HR 3994, the Access Broadband Act this week. The bill, introduced by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-New York) and Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey), would establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). OICG would streamline the federal funding application process … Continue reading RCRC: Broadband Update
Next week, House and Senate Republicans are expected to take on proposals to facilitate rural broadband deployment and improve broadband coverage mapping data. Republicans may attempt to expedite their rural broadband proposals before the midterm elections. Representative Greg Walden (R-Oregon), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is drafting a bill that would reauthorize … Continue reading RCRC Rural Broadband Update
— Verizon bristled at the notion that other cities should try to ape its deal with San Jose, Calif., to contribute to a digital inclusion fund in exchange for streamlined access to install small cells. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel highlighted San Jose's agreements with Verizon, AT&T and Mobilitie on Wednesday, but Verizon's Will Johnson wrote … Continue reading Verizon Says No Way On San Jose Model
Some forward-thinking California communities are developing 5G implementation strategic plans. There are multiple decisions to be made before telcos start installing 5G small cell transmission and receiving station in a community. Forward-thinking communities are getting answers now, rather than waiting for the installation teams to decent on the community. FCC Commissioner Rosenworce is promoting the San … Continue reading Does Your Community Have a 5G Plan?
— Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) saw among her House Energy and Commerce colleagues "a lot of agreement that we need to make certain NTIA is in shape to handle broadband and to push forward with this rural broadband expansion," she told reporters Tuesday following a hearing on GOP draft legislation to reauthorize NTIA for the … Continue reading Blackburn Wants To Move NTIA Reauthorization Soon