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.

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Rural Broadband’s Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?

As states struggle to close the connectivity gap in rural areas, some experts believe a federal mandate, similar to the one that first brought those residents electricity, might be in order. The American landscape of broadband in rural areas is spotty at best. It is a picture covered with splotches of color. Some maps are … Continue reading Rural Broadband’s Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?

TV White Spaces Group Boosts Ranks – Where is CA? [Updated 03-22-18]

Connect Americans Now, a coalition backing the use of TV White Spaces to expand access to rural broadband, now has 100 members. Its membership includes Microsoft and ACT | The App Association. Source: POLITICO Morning Tech From the Connect America Now website: Implications of the Digital Divide • 6.5 million students lack access to high-speed … Continue reading TV White Spaces Group Boosts Ranks – Where is CA? [Updated 03-22-18]

Broadband Hearings – Separate Funding for BB and 5G Deployment

- The subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), will mull whether a new pot of money dedicated to broadband is necessary, as lawmakers like Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) argue. "I think the decision of the Congress would be whether to do something separate and apart from [the FCC's universal service fund subsidies] or … Continue reading Broadband Hearings – Separate Funding for BB and 5G Deployment

Microsoft President Brad Smith Calls for Digital Marshal Plan

At Governor's Meeting Smith joined the governors of Arkansas and Colorado on stage to discuss the persistent digital divide means fewer education and work opportunities for people without broadband internet access.Smith called for a "digital Marshall Plan" for the country that combines public and private sector investment to ensure those living in rural communities have "the … Continue reading Microsoft President Brad Smith Calls for Digital Marshal Plan