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.

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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

Broadband Mapping a Hot Issue

. . . a hot topic at Tuesday's NTIA oversight hearing: broadband mapping. Walden said he wants NTIA "back in this space" after handing off the National Broadband Map to the FCC in 2014. President Trump in a recent budget request asked for $50 million to go the NTIA for broadband mapping. The FCC revived … Continue reading Broadband Mapping a Hot Issue

Starlink Satellite Update #2

Experts are not as enthusiastic about Elon Musk's network of broadband satellites as he is. Medium has some insight “Nothing has changed except the level of hysteria and the level of unrealistic expectations,” Roger Rusch, president of the TelAstra Inc. consultancy in Palos Verdes, California, told Bloomberg. The bleak history of projects like these and … Continue reading Starlink Satellite Update #2

Elon Musk’s Broadband-From-Space Plan Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle

Todd Shields and Dana Hull writing at Bloomberg Technology Elon Musk’s SpaceX moved closer to another orbital frontier as regulators advanced its application to launch a low-orbit constellation of satellites and join a jostling field of operators trying to cash in on broadband service from space. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday recommended … Continue reading Elon Musk’s Broadband-From-Space Plan Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle