Twenty Massachusetts Communities to Build Fiber Networks

Twenty communities are pursuing or operating town-owned networks with help from the state. In Berkshire County, they include Alford, Becket, Mount Washington, New Ashford, Otis, Washington, and Windsor. More details HERE. Note the existing Telcom companies almost killed the option, dooming many communities to being on the wrong side of the digital divide. Twenty communities … Continue reading Twenty Massachusetts Communities to Build Fiber Networks

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Airborne Sky Network. Will This Work?

Airborne Wireless Networks propose to use commercial aircraft as “mini-satellites” to form mesh networks in the sky to provide worldwide connectivity. Details HERE. A view of aircraft in the sky over a 24 hour period HERE.  Another view of aircraft HERE. Note the lack of aircraft over Russia, interior Africa, and South America. My guess is this … Continue reading Airborne Sky Network. Will This Work?

CTIA 5G Interactive Promotion – Ignores Rural Challenges

The Race to 5G While the presentation makes the case for economic development, transportation, healthcare, education and smart cities, it does not address the issues facing rural communities. The three challenge presented are: Freeing Up More Spectrum Spectrum is the critical input for wireless service, and we need a pipeline of low-, mid-, and high-band … Continue reading CTIA 5G Interactive Promotion – Ignores Rural Challenges

RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai provided remarks at an event hosted by Axios.com. Chairman Pai covered a broad range of policy issues, including rural broadband and the digital divide. Chairman Pai said his top priority for the remainder of his chairmanship is to close the digital divide, which he argues is … Continue reading RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

A recent study by the Blandin Foundation shows three out of five counties would see the annual collective benefit from broadband. From the Study Summary: What did we learn about valuing broadband? It’s complicated. But we found an arsenal of tools to help make the case to community leaders, policymakers and broadband providers that broadband … Continue reading Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

RCRC: Broadband is Critical Infrastructure!

This week, Greg Norton, RCRC President and CEO, spoke to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture From the RCRC Barbed Wire Newsletter State Board of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) about the challenges related to connecting rural Californians to high-speed broadband, along with the ongoing consequences accompanying communities that try to subsist in these “Digital … Continue reading RCRC: Broadband is Critical Infrastructure!