Does It Matter If China Beats The Us To Build A 5G Network?

Wired takes a look at the stakes in the global competition to deploy the next-generation wireless service. TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR the next generation of wireless services aren’t even finalized, yet the US and China are already locked in a crucial race to be the first country to deploy a so-called 5G network. Or at least … Continue reading Does It Matter If China Beats The Us To Build A 5G Network?

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Broadband at End of Forty Mile Road: Community WiFI

by Russ Steele There are rural communities in the Sierra that are  40 miles from fiber broadband connections and lack the population density necessary to attract cable providers.  Hughes Network Solutions is promoting the development of community WiFi networks using satellite backhaul.  A single high capacity network terminal serving a WiFi mesh network, with access … Continue reading Broadband at End of Forty Mile Road: Community WiFI

Microsoft’s Latest Rural Broadband Push

Microsoft's latest rural broadband push: Microsoft and Declaration Networks today are unveiling plans to deploy broadband using TV White Spaces and other tech in the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Garrett County, Maryland, according to a news release. Source: POLITICO Morning Tech The Microsoft Press Release is HERE In addition to introducing new service and … Continue reading Microsoft’s Latest Rural Broadband Push

New Space Tools for Economic Development.

Below is an email from Planet, formally Planet Lab, offering access to a global database of images providing the broadband user a new set of tools for exploring the planet and creating new ideas for analysis and possible business applications. Hi Russell, Planet has about 500 images for every given location on Earth’s landmass – … Continue reading New Space Tools for Economic Development.

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

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]

A Message From CTIA And America’s Wireless Industry

We need new rules for new 5G networks. Proposed FCC rules modernizing federal environmental and historic preservation reviews of new wireless infrastructure are a critical step. We need similar action by cities, states, the FCC and Congress to update local siting rules. Identifying a pipeline of new low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum is the other … Continue reading A Message From CTIA And America’s Wireless Industry