Broadband Mapping Anger Boils Over

— Senate Commerce lawmakers and telecom industry witnesses were unified during a Thursday hearing in slamming the accuracy of the FCC broadband mapping that will dictate eligibility for billions of dollars of Mobility Fund subsidies intended to help companies build out wireless service. The FCC had extended the time period for challenging the map accuracy, … Continue reading Broadband Mapping Anger Boils Over

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NTIA: We’re Working To Fix The Broadband Mapping Problem

The article is at Fierce Wireless There’s a lot going on out there that these [current] maps don’t cover,” David Redl, the NTIA’s administrator, said here during keynote remarks at the annual Competitive Carriers Association trade show. He noted that the regional and rural wireless network operators that make up the bulk of the CCA’s … Continue reading NTIA: We’re Working To Fix The Broadband Mapping Problem

Field Level Broadband Mapping Proposal

I have been working on the problem of broadband mapping accuracy since the summer of 2013 when the Gold County Broadband Consortia collected broadband survey forms at the Nevada County Fair. Plotting the information gathered at the Fair revealed some significant gaps in the California Broadband Maps.  The GCBC worked with the California Public Utilities … Continue reading Field Level Broadband Mapping Proposal

RCRC: Broadband Update

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved HR 3994, the Access Broadband Act this week. The bill, introduced by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-New York) and Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey), would establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG) within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). OICG would streamline the federal funding application process … Continue reading RCRC: Broadband Update

Carriers Clamor For FCC Oversight Of State and City-Level Small Cell Fees

The nation’s wireless carriers continue to petition the FCC to issue guidelines to states and cities about how much they should charge for small cell deployments and other network upgrades. “Many municipalities unfortunately continue to demand exorbitant fees for access to rights-of-way and structures within them, including, for example, attachment fees that exceed $4,000 per … Continue reading Carriers Clamor For FCC Oversight Of State and City-Level Small Cell Fees

Blackburn Wants To Move NTIA Reauthorization Soon

— Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) saw among her House Energy and Commerce colleagues "a lot of agreement that we need to make certain NTIA is in shape to handle broadband and to push forward with this rural broadband expansion," she told reporters Tuesday following a hearing on GOP draft legislation to reauthorize NTIA for the … Continue reading Blackburn Wants To Move NTIA Reauthorization Soon

Today: Lawmakers Line Up Telecom Debate

— The House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee will meet at 1:15 p.m. for a hearing on a raft of telecom issues, including getting more broadband out to rural America and grappling with fallout from the EU's sweeping new data privacy law. The hearing is pegged to GOP draft legislation to reauthorize the National Telecommunications … Continue reading Today: Lawmakers Line Up Telecom Debate