Across the country, red tape has blocked 750,000 students from access to high speed internet, according to EducationSuperHighway. In Montana alone, 45,000 students live with limited connectivity. "I visited Woodman School and know that the need is there," said Governor Bullock in a statement to WIRED. "Red tape stands in the way of closing the … Continue reading Wired: FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids
Senator Ted Cruz quoted in POLITICO Morning Tech newsletter. ". . . he [Cruz] viewed as wasted money from the billions of dollars spent on broadband stimulus under the Obama administration: “A lot of that money ended up nowhere near rural broadband.” When the ARRA Stimulus Broadband Request for Proposals was issued, I was consulting … Continue reading Obama Broadband Stimulus and Rural Broadband
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and GOP FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly both offered words of caution Wednesday about how the federal government should spend the $600 million going to the Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service for a broadband pilot as part of the recent omnibus spending law. "There was $600 million in there ostensibly for … Continue reading About That Omnibus Broadband Cash
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?
Erika Kosina, Tech Connection Writer, has an Other Voices in The Union on the state of broadband in Nevada County Nevada County's tech industry is poised for growth. More and more tech talent and businesses are realizing what a great place Nevada County is to live. But before this growth can happen, we need two things: … Continue reading The State Of Broadband In Nevada County
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]
The House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee scheduled a March 22 legislative hearing on four bills, including a new discussion draft from Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) that would increase fines for illegal pirate radio operators by 10-fold per violation. The other trio of FCC-centric measures would direct the commission to study … Continue reading National Rural Broadband Standard?