Community Networks Newsletter As a nation our goal is ubiquitous broadband coverage so every person, regardless of where they live, can obtain the fast, affordable, reliable Internet access necessary for modern times. For people in rural areas, where large national wireline providers don’t typically invest in the infrastructure for high-quality connectivity, satellite Internet access is … Continue reading Fact Sheet Explains Why “Satellite Is Not Broadband” But?
Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the top satellite operators remain optimistic that they can take advantage of new growth opportunities in areas such as In-Flight Connectivity (IFC), 5G, and connected transportation. This was one of the main takeaways of the “Satellite and the Hyper-Connected World: The view from leading operators and businesses” panel at World … Continue reading Major Satellite Operator CEOs Clash Over 5G
FCC Press Release Auction Allocates $1.488 Billion To Close the Digital Divide WASHINGTON, August 28, 2018—Over 700,000 rural homes and small businesses will gain access to high-speed Internet service for the first time through the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction, auction results released today show, and more than half of those … Continue reading Connect America Fund Auction To Expand Broadband To Over 700,000 Rural Homes And Businesses
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”
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
SATELLITE OF (BROADBAND) LOVE - The House Rural Broadband Caucus is looking to the stars this week, with plans to hold a briefing Thursday afternoon for other Hill offices "on how satellite Internet service is helping to bridge the digital divide." The briefing will include speakers from Elon Musk's SpaceX as well as Echostar, OneWeb, … Continue reading Satellite Broadband
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.