Electric Coops Elbow Into Broadband Debate

— One point of contention as lawmakers reconcile competing versions of the farm bill ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline is whether to take up the Senate or House version of the bill's broadband provisions. While groups like USTelecom and NCTA that represent big internet service providers favor the Senate provisions, electric cooperatives, which are … Continue reading Electric Coops Elbow Into Broadband Debate

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Best Telco Rural Broadband Strategy?

While all the major 5G carriers, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will use similar core infrastructure to create physical networks the chosen frequency spectrums and the strategic focus are different. "T-Mobile will attempt to roll out 5G nationwide with a 600MHz low-band service that will prioritize coverage over gigabit speeds." "Verizon will target dense urban areas … Continue reading Best Telco Rural Broadband Strategy?

California Lawmakers Ease the Rules for Rural Munis

Community Networks Let the People Serve the People California’s community service districts (CSDs) are independent local governments created by folks in unincorporated areas. CDSs provide services that would otherwise be provided by a municipality. Residents usually join together to form a CSD and do so to establish services such as water and wastewater management, garbage … Continue reading California Lawmakers Ease the Rules for Rural Munis

Digital Cities: Building the New Public Infrastructure

Broadband section of white paper by CISCO. Laying the Foundation: Public Wi-Fi and Next-Gen Broadband At just 3 percent or, $59 billion, of Digital Value at Stake, public Wi-Fi and broadband offer modest direct value for cities. But that low percentage belies far more significant indirect benefits, which is why public Wi-Fi and broadband underpin … Continue reading Digital Cities: Building the New Public Infrastructure

Inside America’s Most Digital Counties of 2018 – Nevada County

Congratulations to Nevada County for being selected as one of America's digital Counties This year's winners are being recognized for their commitment to collaboration, automation and creating a culture of innovation. The full infographic is HERE. NEVADA COUNTY, CALIF., 1ST PLACE, UP TO 150,000 POPULATION CATEGORY In Nevada County, headcount is down 26 percent from … Continue reading Inside America’s Most Digital Counties of 2018 – Nevada County

5G Compromise Bill Still a Hit to Local Government

Wireless industry groups support the new Senate bill, but the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues it sacrifices too much local government authority. Details HERE.  If local governments had a broadband strategic plan and their broadband objectives clearly defined in General Planning documents they would be in a much better negotiation posture when dealing with the … Continue reading 5G Compromise Bill Still a Hit to Local Government

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