When Google Fiber launched their initiative broadband customers were all excited about the prospect of fiber to the home, breaking the AT&T and Comcast monopolies. The initial plan was to dig trenches and lay the fiber, but when that turned out to too costly, they turned to overhead distribution strategies. However, AT&T and Cable Companies … Continue reading Oh, The Incongruity
CARR PLAN A HIT WITH WIRELESS - Verizon and AT&T lauded Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr's plan to reduce the regulatory costs associated with 5G infrastructure deployment. Carr said the order, set for a vote at the March 22 meeting, would eliminate the federal environmental and historic preservation reviews for small cell antennas. During a … Continue reading Changing the 5G Game – Eliminate Small Cell Environmental Reviews
BYTE-SIZED INTERVIEW: CTIA'S MEREDITH ATTWELL BAKER - The head of the trade group that represents wireless giants like AT&T and Verizon spoke with Margaret about next-generation 5G service and what industry wants from policymakers. Here are a few of the highlights: - How did you learn about the proposal to nationalize 5G? What was your … Continue reading G5 Update: How many mini-cells can a light pole hold?
The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal on Government control of communications networks: National security officials reportedly are considering federal funding and construction of a faster, higher capacity nationwide wireless network to counter a similar effort by the Chinese government. But expanding government interference in telecommunications would not advance national security or technological innovation. [...] Those in … Continue reading The Federal Government Shouldn’t Build a 5G Network
The cable industry, Arris, and CableLabs have been doing some testing of the proposed G5 frequency spectrum. The test result outline some of the challenges broadband providers face in deploying 5G services, including dealing with trees and other foliage. One of the highlights of living in rural Sierra counties is the plethora of trees that … Continue reading Is 5G a Feasible Sierra Broadband Solution?
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee will hold two days of meetings at FCC headquarters on Jan. 23 and 24 to consider recommendations from its working groups. The panel will hear reports on creating model codes for municipalities and states, removing state and local regulatory barriers, streamlining federal siting and fostering competitive access … Continue reading Attention Rural Community Local Control Committees
Insight from Steve Blum on his blog. Telecommunications is one of the sorts of infrastructure that the Trump administration wants to improve, but its interest seems limited to upgrading wireless infrastructure for eventual 5G service. That support might only include regulatory reform, particularly federal preemption of state and local laws and property rights, rather than … Continue reading 5G now a matter of national security, Trump administration decides