Rural Broadband Economics: A Review of Rural Subsidies

INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY This paper, commissioned by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and USTelecom – The Broadband Association, examines communications networks, road networks, and electric power networks as three key network infrastructure industries; and the resulting vulnerability in low-density rural areas with the highest need for targeted subsidies. In establishing sound public policy (and … Continue reading Rural Broadband Economics: A Review of Rural Subsidies

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Airborne Sky Network. Will This Work?

Airborne Wireless Networks propose to use commercial aircraft as “mini-satellites” to form mesh networks in the sky to provide worldwide connectivity. Details HERE. A view of aircraft in the sky over a 24 hour period HERE.  Another view of aircraft HERE. Note the lack of aircraft over Russia, interior Africa, and South America. My guess is this … Continue reading Airborne Sky Network. Will This Work?

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

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?

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