Expanding Broadband in Rural Areas

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's tech and telecom subcommittee will mark up four bills: H.R. 2345 (115), aimed at creating a nationwide three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; H.R. 5709 (115), which would combat pirate radio by significantly increasing fines for unlicensed transmissions; H.R. 3994 (115), which would direct the Commerce … Continue reading Expanding Broadband in Rural Areas

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Good News for Rural Broadband

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04), Western Caucus Member Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at CTIA Kelly Cole, and President and CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association Jonathan Adelstein released the following statements after Congressman LaMalfa's amendment to H.R. 2 - which would streamline the permitting process for rural broadband infrastructure … Continue reading Good News for Rural Broadband

Disappointment and Time for Action

Congressman LaMalfa's Newsletter came in my email this morning and I was instantly disappointed. His opening paragraph: Dear Friend, Last week was National Infrastructure Week, but there were no parades or celebrations of America’s infrastructure system this year. The truth is, we’re lagging far behind where we should be, and we must do something about … Continue reading Disappointment and Time for Action

DIY or Go Without Broadband: Part One

It is time to visit “realville,” the principal telco broadband providers are not going to build out rural broadband.  It is a simple straightforward return on investment decision these providers.  I was Co-Chair of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council’s Telecommunication Resource Committee in the early 2000s.  A committee charged with finding ways to bring … Continue reading DIY or Go Without Broadband: Part One

Sen. Tina Smith’s Broadband Play

Ever since Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) assumed her seat at the start of 2018, she talked up her goals for expanding broadband access, and on Thursday she unveiled legislation to help codify and tweak Agriculture Department grants aimed at spurring internet connectivity. Her bill would authorize the Community Connect grant program at $50 million annually. … Continue reading Sen. Tina Smith’s Broadband Play

Obama Broadband Stimulus and Rural Broadband

Senator Ted Cruz quoted in POLITICO Morning Tech newsletter. ". . . he [Cruz] viewed as wasted money from the billions of dollars spent on broadband stimulus under the Obama administration: “A lot of that money ended up nowhere near rural broadband.” When the ARRA Stimulus Broadband Request for Proposals was issued, I was consulting … Continue reading Obama Broadband Stimulus and Rural Broadband