Hearing On “Oversight Of The FCC”

Some highlights from the prepared Statement Of Chairman Ajit Pai United States Leadership in 5G. . . .the FCC is moving forward aggressively to hold auctions and move a substantial amount of spectrum into the commercial marketplace. On November 14, we plan on beginning our 28 GHz band auction, which will be quickly followed by … Continue reading Hearing On “Oversight Of The FCC”


Broadband at End of Forty Mile Road: Community WiFI

by Russ Steele There are rural communities in the Sierra that are  40 miles from fiber broadband connections and lack the population density necessary to attract cable providers.  Hughes Network Solutions is promoting the development of community WiFi networks using satellite backhaul.  A single high capacity network terminal serving a WiFi mesh network, with access … Continue reading Broadband at End of Forty Mile Road: Community WiFI

New Space Tools for Economic Development.

Below is an email from Planet, formally Planet Lab, offering access to a global database of images providing the broadband user a new set of tools for exploring the planet and creating new ideas for analysis and possible business applications. Hi Russell, Planet has about 500 images for every given location on Earth’s landmass – … Continue reading New Space Tools for Economic Development.

The Rural Broadband Space Connection

By Russ With the Trump budget following the private sector push into space by Space X, Blue Horizon, Virgin Galactic, and the traditional aerospace giants, the media is beginning to pay more attention to SPACE. POLITICO has launched a weekly space focused newsletter and Inverse a weekly podcast: WELCOME TO POLITICO SPACE, our new weekly … Continue reading The Rural Broadband Space Connection

LA Times: Challenges for Space-based Broadband

The LA Times covers the technical and economic challenges of a space-based web. Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Greg Wyler's OneWeb, Boeing and Canada's Telesat are among the companies that have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to offer broadband service using satellites. But Rusch said the technical challenges are daunting. Low-earth orbit systems … Continue reading LA Times: Challenges for Space-based Broadband

Starlink Satellite Update #2

Experts are not as enthusiastic about Elon Musk's network of broadband satellites as he is. Medium has some insight “Nothing has changed except the level of hysteria and the level of unrealistic expectations,” Roger Rusch, president of the TelAstra Inc. consultancy in Palos Verdes, California, told Bloomberg. The bleak history of projects like these and … Continue reading Starlink Satellite Update #2