Government

 FCC: 2016 Broadband Progress Report

Full Report is HERE.



AB 1665, Eduardo Garcia. Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund.

Full Text is Here: 20170AB1665_93


The Senate Joint Economic Committee report on America’s  digital divide.

Full Report is Here: the-digital-divide-



CPUC Decision 16-12-025 December 1, 2016

Decision Analyzing The California Telecommunications Market And Directing Staff To Continue Data Gathering, Monitoring And Reporting On The Market

The full report is here: Decision 16-12-025


FirstNet by the Numbers in California

This PDF provides some impacts of NextNet in California:

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What is FirstNet?

The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, was authorized by the federal government in 2012 and operates as an independent authority within the US Department of Commerce. AT&T has just been selected by FirstNet to build the wireless network and said that construction will begin later this year.

“FirstNet will provide 20MHz of high-value, telecommunications spectrum and success-based payments of $6.5 billion over the next five years to support the network buildout,” AT&T said in its announcement. FirstNet’s spectrum is located in the 700MHz band often used for consumer LTE networks.

The Federal Communications Commission raised $7 billion to fund the network in a spectrum auction that concluded in January 2015. Some of that money came from AT&T itself, as the company led all bidders with $18.2 billion of winning bids.

AT&T’s contract with FirstNet is 25 years long. “AT&T will spend about $40 billion over the life of the contract to build, deploy, operate and maintain the network, with a focus on ensuring robust coverage for public safety users,” the company said. AT&T will also connect FirstNet users to the company’s existing network.   

Source arstechnicia.com

California is still deciding if the state will opt-in to the AT&T Contract or select their own provider, such as  Verizon.