"President Donald Trump's still-unreleased infrastructure plan is already facing one big demand from dozens of lawmakers: a dedicated pot of money for rural broadband," John reports. Trump has repeatedly pledged to promote faster internet service for rural communities, a key part of his base, but White House officials have said the infrastructure plan isn't expected … Continue reading Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband
From RCRC: The Barbed Wire - 01-12-18 On Monday, President Trump delivered a speech at the 99th Annual Farm Bureau Convention where he signed two executive orders to expand broadband deployment in rural areas. The first order, “Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America,” will accelerate the deployment of broadband in … Continue reading Trump Promotes Rural Broadband During Farm Bureau Speech
The Trump administration is eyeing multiple "work streams" to help speed along broadband deployment, the National Economic Council's Grace Koh told reporters Friday: easing the permitting process on federal lands; letting towers built on federal lands also include infrastructure from telecom companies; and using dark fiber agencies have deployed to help rural providers through interconnection … Continue reading Trump’s Broadband Assist
By Russ Steele It is has been my position for some time that broadband communications is an essential part of modern life and should be considered as critical infrastructure just like the government treats water, waste, power, and transportation. One of the critical steps in getting local governments attention in addressing this issue is to … Continue reading Broadband is Critical Infrastructure.
Brad Smith, Microsoft President, writing at LinkedIn with Carol Ann Browne We live in a time when it’s easy to talk about a divided America. On some days the divide is characterized by partisanship and a division between our political parties. On other days the news is characterized by racial or economic divides. But there’s … Continue reading Today in Technology: Innovation in the Heart of America
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
by Russ Steele The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law on February 17, 2009. The Broadband Initiative funded in the Act was intended to accelerate broadband deployment in unserved, underserved, and rural areas and to strategic institutions that are likely to create jobs or provide significant public benefits. SEDCorp, the … Continue reading The Coming Broadband Initiative Challenges for Rural ISPs