Maine Towns Put Up Cash for Better Internet Service

The towns of Calais and Baileyville are following the lead of other towns and putting up the money to make faster Internet speeds a reality. Municipally funded networks are one solution to the problem that officials statewide agree needs some kind of outside support, according to the Maine Municipal Association. “In recent years, it has … Continue reading Maine Towns Put Up Cash for Better Internet Service

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Small Cell Pole Dilemma

Russ Steele As I am reading about 5G small cell implementation there is a nagging thought, how will cities, towns, and villages deal with multiple providers who want to install small cells on community light poles. What happens when AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint/TMobile all want to use the same light pole? Not a problem in … Continue reading Small Cell Pole Dilemma

Coalitions Nudge Congress On Spectrum

— 16 organizations including the wireless industry groups CTIA, the Competitive Carriers Association and the Wireless Infrastructure Association are sending a letter to Congress today urging the advancement of the AIRWAVES Act spectrum bill, S. 1682 (115) and H.R. 4953 (115) , which aims to allocate more airwaves for the private sector while calling for … Continue reading Coalitions Nudge Congress On Spectrum

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

DIY or Go Without Broadband: Part Two

  In Part One, I described how the Gold County Broadband Consortia started a neighborhood broadband validation project with paper surveys at the County Fair. Other Broadband Consortia have used similar methods to collect ground truth coverage and speeds. Other’s have automated the process putting the survey forms online. One example HERE. This online form … Continue reading DIY or Go Without Broadband: Part Two