Twenty Massachusetts Communities to Build Fiber Networks

Twenty communities are pursuing or operating town-owned networks with help from the state. In Berkshire County, they include Alford, Becket, Mount Washington, New Ashford, Otis, Washington, and Windsor. More details HERE. Note the existing Telcom companies almost killed the option, dooming many communities to being on the wrong side of the digital divide. Twenty communities … Continue reading Twenty Massachusetts Communities to Build Fiber Networks

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Hearing On “Oversight Of The FCC”

Some highlights from the prepared Statement Of Chairman Ajit Pai United States Leadership in 5G. . . .the FCC is moving forward aggressively to hold auctions and move a substantial amount of spectrum into the commercial marketplace. On November 14, we plan on beginning our 28 GHz band auction, which will be quickly followed by … Continue reading Hearing On “Oversight Of The FCC”

Four Telecom Bills Sail Through House

Four pieces of telecom-focused legislation passed the House by generous margins on Monday. In the afternoon, lawmakers passed by voice votes the PIRATE Act, H.R. 5709 (115), which would boost penalties for unlicensed radio broadcasters, and the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, H.R. 3994 (115) , which would create an internet connectivity office within the Commerce Department's … Continue reading Four Telecom Bills Sail Through House

Cell Tower Rats

There is growing opposition to cell phones towers as telcos start asking permission to install more 4G towers and 5G small cell tower on about every city block. Here are some examples: Sebastopol Palo Alto Santa Rosa Danville The opposition often cites studies showing evident carcinogenicity from cell phone radiation, so we should be concerned. … Continue reading Cell Tower Rats

Happening Today

The House today will take up consideration of 20 bills under suspension of the rules, including some tech-related items: one measure, H.R. 3994 (115), would create an internet connectivity office in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration with the aim of promoting broadband access Source: POLITICO Morning Tech List of 20 Bills is HERE.

Inside America’s Most Digital Counties of 2018 – Nevada County

Congratulations to Nevada County for being selected as one of America's digital Counties This year's winners are being recognized for their commitment to collaboration, automation and creating a culture of innovation. The full infographic is HERE. NEVADA COUNTY, CALIF., 1ST PLACE, UP TO 150,000 POPULATION CATEGORY In Nevada County, headcount is down 26 percent from … Continue reading Inside America’s Most Digital Counties of 2018 – Nevada County

The Brookings Institute asks Will the US be 5G Ready? Will Communities Be Ready?

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?