Attention Rural Community Local Control Committees

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee will hold two days of meetings at FCC headquarters on Jan. 23 and 24 to consider recommendations from its working groups. The panel will hear reports on creating model codes for municipalities and states, removing state and local regulatory barriers, streamlining federal siting and fostering competitive access … Continue reading Attention Rural Community Local Control Committees

Verizon To Use Samsung Equipment To Bring 5G Connectivity To Sacramento

Verizon will use Samsung backbone equipment to bring its new fifth-generation wireless technology to Sacramento. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has said it expects to launch 5G service in Sacramento in the second half of this year, making the city one of the first in the country to get the residential high-speed wireless internet service. … Continue reading Verizon To Use Samsung Equipment To Bring 5G Connectivity To Sacramento

New Rural Broadband Coalition

Microsoft, ACT | The App Association and the National Rural Education Association are among those that have come together to establish a new coalition dedicated to increasing access to rural broadband using TV White Spaces technology. The group, Connect Americans Now, intends to work with the FCC regarding use of low-band spectrum that would help … Continue reading New Rural Broadband Coalition

California Joins FirstNet

According to Politico "All 50 states and Washington, D.C. have opted into a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband communications network, a victory for AT&T and the federal government." FirstNet Solutions Overview is HERE  They mention Band 14 in the presentation. Band 14 is the spectrum licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to create a … Continue reading California Joins FirstNet

Ericsson, to Provide 5G Gear for Verizon mmWave Networks in Sacramento?

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson said that it will provide US telco Verizon with networking equipment for their commercial 5G launch. Verizon will deploy the pre-standard 5G commercial radio network and the 5G Core network in select markets in second half of 2018. Verizon has announced that Sacramento is one of those markets. “Our pioneering … Continue reading Ericsson, to Provide 5G Gear for Verizon mmWave Networks in Sacramento?

Can New Broadband Satellites Compete?

The California Public Utility Commission did not consider satellites as a viable broadband provider, as they often failed to provide the minimum download (6 Mbps) and upload speeds (1Mbps) and had untenable latency due to the distance signals have to travel from earth to geosynchronous orbit and return. This view may change with the development … Continue reading Can New Broadband Satellites Compete?