The Union: California Public Utilities Commission hears opposition, support for the sale of Bright Fiber to Race Communications

The Union has the details, not everyone is happy with the sale, and the changes Race is planning to reduce the cost. The original proposals we for buried fiber and Race is proposing to put fiber on existing poles. An advice letter filed with the California Public Utilities Commissions as part of a pending sale … Continue reading The Union: California Public Utilities Commission hears opposition, support for the sale of Bright Fiber to Race Communications

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Ft. Collins Colorado Did It, Why Not Your City?

Recognizing that broadband is critical infrastructure Ft Collins sold bonds to build a city run fiber network. The story is in the Coloradoan: After several months of laying the groundwork for building and operating a new high-speed broadband network, the community recently celebrated two significant milestones in that process. The bond sale closed June 14, … Continue reading Ft. Collins Colorado Did It, Why Not Your City?

5G Update – Cities Not Happy With Model

CITIES 'DISAPPOINTED' IN SENATE 5G BILL— Despite negotiations extending more than half a year, the National League of Cities still doesn't support the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, S. 3157. The bill, which would set up a shot clock for states and localities to approve or deny requests to install small-cell wireless equipment, was unveiled … Continue reading 5G Update – Cities Not Happy With Model

Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

A recent study by the Blandin Foundation shows three out of five counties would see the annual collective benefit from broadband. From the Study Summary: What did we learn about valuing broadband? It’s complicated. But we found an arsenal of tools to help make the case to community leaders, policymakers and broadband providers that broadband … Continue reading Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

FCC: Small Cells Exempt from Environmental and Historical Review

A rule exempting small wireless facilities from environmental impact review. A "small cell" is a radio access point used to enhance cellular coverage by complementing large "macro cell" towers. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires historic preservation review for “undertakings," and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires environmental review for “major Federal actions.” … Continue reading FCC: Small Cells Exempt from Environmental and Historical Review

RCRC: Broadband is Critical Infrastructure!

This week, Greg Norton, RCRC President and CEO, spoke to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture From the RCRC Barbed Wire Newsletter State Board of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) about the challenges related to connecting rural Californians to high-speed broadband, along with the ongoing consequences accompanying communities that try to subsist in these “Digital … Continue reading RCRC: Broadband is Critical Infrastructure!