Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and David McKinley (R-W.V.) are introducing a broadband bill today that would require broadband conduit to be included in the construction of roads built with federal funding. This legislation would set up a mandate for such roads to have plastic pipes that could hold fiber-optic communications cable. The bill, Broadband Conduit … Continue reading Broadband-Palooza
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee will hold two days of meetings at FCC headquarters on Jan. 23 and 24 to consider recommendations from its working groups. The panel will hear reports on creating model codes for municipalities and states, removing state and local regulatory barriers, streamlining federal siting and fostering competitive access … Continue reading Attention Rural Community Local Control Committees
My Union Other Voices on Broadband as Essential Infrastructure was published on 9 Jan 2018: https://www.theunion.com/opinion/columns/russell-steele-broadband-as-essential-infrastructure/
Verizon will use Samsung backbone equipment to bring its new fifth-generation wireless technology to Sacramento. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has said it expects to launch 5G service in Sacramento in the second half of this year, making the city one of the first in the country to get the residential high-speed wireless internet service. … Continue reading Verizon To Use Samsung Equipment To Bring 5G Connectivity To Sacramento
The California Public Utility Commission did not consider satellites as a viable broadband provider, as they often failed to provide the minimum download (6 Mbps) and upload speeds (1Mbps) and had untenable latency due to the distance signals have to travel from earth to geosynchronous orbit and return. This view may change with the development … Continue reading Can New Broadband Satellites Compete?
Post by Michelle Gartner. Sr Program Manager at SBC. I’ve always been curious about technology and how it works. Since embarking on my new position at Sierra Business Council managing the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, my curiosity around how we are connected to the World Wide Web has grown. I’ve been trying to uncover who … Continue reading Who’s Spinning the World Wide Web? A Look at Broadband Connectivity
Rural broadband companies contributed $24.1 billion to the economies of the states in which they operated in 2015. Of this, $17.2 billion was through their own operations and $6.9 billion was through the follow-on impact of their operations. The total represents the amount added to the Gross Domestic Product by this set of firms. More … Continue reading Hudson Institute: The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband