Rural Broadband’s Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?

As states struggle to close the connectivity gap in rural areas, some experts believe a federal mandate, similar to the one that first brought those residents electricity, might be in order. The American landscape of broadband in rural areas is spotty at best. It is a picture covered with splotches of color. Some maps are … Continue reading Rural Broadband’s Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?

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The State Of Broadband In Nevada County

Erika Kosina, Tech Connection Writer, has an Other Voices in The Union on the state of broadband in Nevada County Nevada County's tech industry is poised for growth. More and more tech talent and businesses are realizing what a great place Nevada County is to live. But before this growth can happen, we need two things: … Continue reading The State Of Broadband In Nevada County

AT&T Gigapower Fiber Coming to My Neighborhood

The focus of this blog is on rural broadband issues. However, AT&T has launched a fiber to the home project in my Sun City community. This fiber install provides an opportunity to observe the process and write about it, sharing issues that might arise out of this telecommunication infrastructure upgrade. According to a technician who … Continue reading AT&T Gigapower Fiber Coming to My Neighborhood

Spiral Gigabit Fiber Update

It's been a long journey for Spiral to launch a gigabit fiber optic broadband network in Nevada County, mainly down State Highway 174. John Paul, Spiral CEO, writes: "Google chose Kansas City, then a few more cities, then decided that building gigabit fiber optic networks was hard work. So it retreated. Spiral, however, hasn't. I … Continue reading Spiral Gigabit Fiber Update

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

Spiral Internet’s high-speed fiber optic network still in limbo

Liz Kellar in The Union As long ago as 2009, Spiral Internet CEO John Paul was touting broadband Internet service across Nevada County in the hopes of receiving federal funding. Almost 10 years later, despite millions in state and private funding, the project remains more of a concept than reality, with questions about leadership changes … Continue reading Spiral Internet’s high-speed fiber optic network still in limbo