Breaking: Bright Fiber Sale Suspended until November, Public Utility Commission says

The state’s Public Utilities Commission has suspended the process of selling the Bright Fiber high-speed internet project to address issues and concerns raised by the public, a suspension scheduled to last until November, a commission spokesman said. The suspension of an "advice letter," which details the sale of Bright Fiber to Race Communications, occurred Wednesday … Continue reading Breaking: Bright Fiber Sale Suspended until November, Public Utility Commission says

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Small Cell Rural Coverage

I have been reading 5G propagation studies to assess the viability of 5G as a rural friendly technology. Most of the models and studies focus on urban applications and urban problems, like building shadows, antenna height, wall and window penetration and the miles of fiber need for fronthaul and backhaul networks to feed the needed … Continue reading Small Cell Rural Coverage

“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

Ft. Collins Colorado Did It, Why Not Your City?

Recognizing that broadband is critical infrastructure Ft Collins sold bonds to build a city run fiber network. The story is in the Coloradoan: After several months of laying the groundwork for building and operating a new high-speed broadband network, the community recently celebrated two significant milestones in that process. The bond sale closed June 14, … Continue reading Ft. Collins Colorado Did It, Why Not Your City?

The Nevada County Bright Fiber History and Community Reaction

The Union has published a timeline for the Bright Fiber project in this story: THE STORY, SO FAR: Long-awaited gigabit internet project in Nevada County takes new turn with new owner More funding details in this story: State funds remain in place for high-speed internet project in Nevada County The comments following this story reveal … Continue reading The Nevada County Bright Fiber History and Community Reaction

Race Communications To Acquire Nevada County’s Bright Fiber And Its Fiber Network Project

A highly anticipated effort to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet service to the western Nevada County area, funded largely through nearly $17 million in grant money, may soon be in new hands. Race Communications, a Bay Area company, has entered negotiations with Spiral Internet CEO John Paul to acquire Bright Fiber, an independent internet service provider … Continue reading Race Communications To Acquire Nevada County’s Bright Fiber And Its Fiber Network Project