Government

Caltrans: Incorporating Wired Broadband Facility on State Highway Right-of-Way User Guide

California Governor’s Executive Order S-23-06 Twenty-First Century Government directed the establishment of the California Broadband Task Force, of which the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is a member, to bring together public and private stakeholders to better facilitate broadband installation, identify opportunities for increased broadband adoption, and enable access to and deployment of new advanced communication technologies.

Full Document HERE.

H/T to Steve Blum blog


 

Resolution T-17590—California Advanced Services Fund Interim “Right of First Refusal” Processes and Timelines for Existing Facility-based Broadband Providers

SUMMARY

This Resolution updates Resolution T-17443 to establish new processes and timelines for an existing facilities-based broadband service provider (existing provider) to invoke its “right of first refusal” (ROFR) pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 1665 (Chapter 851, Statutes of 2017). Specifically, this Resolution describes how the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) will provide an existing provider with an opportunity to demonstrate that it will deploy broadband or upgrade existing facilities to a delineated unserved area within 180 days of submitting its right of first refusal demonstration letter. The Commission will accept ROFR demonstration letters by January 15, 2018 and annually on this date until 2022 (i.e. January 15, 2019, January 15, 2020, January 15, 2021, and January 15, 2022). This resolution uses the review criteria established in Resolution T-17443, that allow an additional six months to complete deployment due to a) permitting issues, b) compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); or c) weather or other acts of God; and defers to a rulemaking-proceeding the adoption of a final ROFR procedure including a review of the T-17443 criteria to determine if an ROFR designation should be extended beyond 180 days.

Full Text is HERE


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.