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
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
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!
Some of the key findings: . . . 97 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to high-speed fixed service, while only 65 percent of Americans in rural areas have such access. . . .the first time tablets were more popular than desktop computers, and that more households had a mobile data plan than … Continue reading New NTIA Study of Interent Users
In 2012 the Gold County Broadband Consortia, one of the 14 Consortial funded by the California Public Utilities Commission, recognized that the California Broadband Maps did not reveal the correct broadband coverage at advertised speeds. GCBC developed a survey and purchased booth space at the Nevada County Fair. They asked fairgoers to fill out the … Continue reading Crowd Source Solutions – Validating broadband availability
Rural Broadband On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he will grant a 90-day filing extension for rural communities and companies to dispute the FCC’s mobile broadband coverage map. The FCC is using data from the coverage map to allocate $4.53 billion in federal funds, over the next ten years, for … Continue reading RCRC Newsletter: Rural Broadband
ALL OVER THE MAP: NTIA wants the public to weigh in by July 16 with ideas on how to ensure the federal government is accurately measuring the number of Americans connected to the internet, David Redl, head of the Commerce Department agency, wrote Wednesday in a blog post : "We want to know how the … Continue reading NTIA is Looking for Broadband Mapping Comments