Small Cell Pole Dilemma

Russ Steele As I am reading about 5G small cell implementation there is a nagging thought, how will cities, towns, and villages deal with multiple providers who want to install small cells on community light poles. What happens when AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint/TMobile all want to use the same light pole? Not a problem in … Continue reading Small Cell Pole Dilemma

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Washington Gov. Inslee Says Rural Broadband ‘Economic Challenge of Our Time’

During a tour of the eastern part of the state, the governor addressed the importance of connecting rural and underserved communities to high-speed Internet service. (TNS) — Finding ways to extend high-speed broadband capabilities to rural and underserved communities is "the economic development challenge of our time," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday. Speaking to … Continue reading Washington Gov. Inslee Says Rural Broadband ‘Economic Challenge of Our Time’

2018 Farm Bill Broadband Update

  Last Friday, the Senate Agriculture Committee released draft text for the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill. S. 3042, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, has bipartisan support and received near unanimous approval of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes significant investments in rural economic development. The Senate version includes … Continue reading 2018 Farm Bill Broadband Update

RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

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

CETF: Let’s Talk Broadband

Sunne Wright McPeak, President, and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund writes in the CETF newsletter introduction: In this Summer 2018 edition, we are thrilled to feature former Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn, a passionate and effective advocate for Digital Inclusion who cares deeply about the issues California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) supports. Commissioner Clyburn … Continue reading CETF: Let’s Talk Broadband

Study Finds Rural Communities Quickly Realize Benefits Outpacing Costs of Broadband

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

FCC: Small Cells Exempt from Environmental and Historical Review

A rule exempting small wireless facilities from environmental impact review. A "small cell" is a radio access point used to enhance cellular coverage by complementing large "macro cell" towers. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires historic preservation review for “undertakings," and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires environmental review for “major Federal actions.” … Continue reading FCC: Small Cells Exempt from Environmental and Historical Review