Sen. Tina Smith’s Broadband Play

Ever since Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) assumed her seat at the start of 2018, she talked up her goals for expanding broadband access, and on Thursday she unveiled legislation to help codify and tweak Agriculture Department grants aimed at spurring internet connectivity. Her bill would authorize the Community Connect grant program at $50 million annually. … Continue reading Sen. Tina Smith’s Broadband Play

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Facebook Issues Burying Broadband News

It looks like the private data access issues at Facebook is smothering the broadband news cycle. With little information available it may be good time to review some of the longer papers on broadband issues.  I just posted a new paper on the cost of environmental reviews for G5 small cells installation under the Industry Tab … Continue reading Facebook Issues Burying Broadband News

(Broad)Banding Together

The Senate Broadband Caucus this morning is convening lawmakers and educators to talk about how closing the digital divide could help address challenges that schools, teachers and students face. Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and FCC Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel are all scheduled to give remarks … Continue reading (Broad)Banding Together

TV White Spaces Group Boosts Ranks – Where is CA? [Updated 03-22-18]

Connect Americans Now, a coalition backing the use of TV White Spaces to expand access to rural broadband, now has 100 members. Its membership includes Microsoft and ACT | The App Association. Source: POLITICO Morning Tech From the Connect America Now website: Implications of the Digital Divide • 6.5 million students lack access to high-speed … Continue reading TV White Spaces Group Boosts Ranks – Where is CA? [Updated 03-22-18]

National Rural Broadband Standard?

The House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee scheduled a March 22 legislative hearing on four bills, including a new discussion draft from Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) that would increase fines for illegal pirate radio operators by 10-fold per violation. The other trio of FCC-centric measures would direct the commission to study … Continue reading National Rural Broadband Standard?

Carr Touts Industry-Backed 5G Study

Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on Tuesday praised a study supporting his plan to cut regulation for the wireless industry ... which also paid for the study. The Accenture report, commissioned by CTIA, found that the order excluding small cell wireless antennas from federal environmental and historic reviews could save the industry $1.6 billion by … Continue reading Carr Touts Industry-Backed 5G Study