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

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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

Crowd Source Solutions – Validating broadband availability

In 2012 the Gold County Broadband Consortia, one of the 14 Consortial funded by the California Public Utilities Commission, recognized that the California Broadband Maps did not reveal the correct broadband coverage at advertised speeds. GCBC developed a survey and purchased booth space at the Nevada County Fair. They asked fairgoers to fill out the … Continue reading Crowd Source Solutions – Validating broadband availability