What has the federal government obtained for its $7 billion investment in broadband through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act? Has the stimulus funding for infrastructure, sustainable broadband and mapping paid off?

Pell Center Report Emphasizes Continuing Role in Broadband for State Entities

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, Education, FCC, Health, Minority, NTIA, Public Safety September 16th, 2015

WASHINGTON, September 16, 2015 – State broadband entities and commissions continue to plan an important role in fostering economic development and digital learning, according to a recent report from the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

The report, “State-Level Broadband Policy: A Compendium of Resources and Approaches,” catalogs some of the important capabilities and tools of the federal technology program dubbed the State Broadband Initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

But the report, by Pell Center Adjunct Fellow Angela Siefer, also advances the discussion about state-level broadband resources by highlighting more recently discussed tools, including eRate funding, telecommunications modernization legislation, and ways to promote local infrastructure partnerships.

Angela Siefer


White House Announces September 21 Date for Release of Broadband Report

Broadband Stimulus, National Broadband Plan, Press Releases, Universal Service August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: The White House announced that it would be releasing a report from its Broadband Opportunity Council on Monday, September 21. Read more about the council. Coming Soon: Building on Our Progress of Broadband Investment and Competition August 20, 2015 at 5:57 PM ET by Jeffrey Zients Summary:  The White House has received input […]

Scott DeGarmo, President and CEO of Broadband Communities, Dies on Saturday

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact August 17th, 2015

August 17, 2015 – Broadband Communities announced that Scott DeGarmo, President and CEO of Broadband Communities, the publisher of Broadband Communities Magazine and the organizer of the Broadband Communities Summit, died on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The organization posted this announcement on the Broadband Communities web site.

Scott DeGarmo in Memoriam

Financing Public-Private Fiber Networks Becoming a Reality, Say Experts at Broadband Communities Summit

Broadband Stimulus, Fiber, Gigabit Networks April 27th, 2015

Panel on Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships

Editor’s Note: This is one of several wrap-up articles about the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit earlier this month in Austin, Texas. For the complete list of articles from the summit, visit http://broadbandbreakfast.com/2015/04/articles-from-the-2015-broadband-communities-summit-in-austin/

AUSTIN, April 27, 2015 – Raising funds to build high-speed internet infrastructure through municipal debt financing is finally becoming a reality, according to a panel of financiers and broadband builders speaking earlier this month here at the Broadband Communities Summit.

Members of the panel, “Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships,” surveyed the landscape of typical municipal bond financing — traditionally used to build transportation infrastructure — and discussed how it applies in the broadband space.

While the financiers on the panel eagerly posed questions, some of the practitioners eagerly showcased models of bank-worthiness for building open-access fiber networks. [...]

Jonathan Chambers of the FCC Says Results of Rural Broadband Experiment Teach Incumbents a Lesson

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, FCC, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service April 14th, 2015

AUSTIN, April 14, 2015 – The official from the Federal Communications Commission responsible for the agency’s unique “rural broadband experiment” on Monday said the experiment was less about learning than about teaching the rural telecom industry that it can do better.

Speaking on panel at the Broadband Communities Summit here, Jonathan Chambers, chief of the Office of Strategic Planning at the FCC, said: “I wanted to teach certain people in Washington that we could do better than 4 megabits per second (Mbps) down and 1 Mbps up [in broadband speeds.]” [...]

Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning, FCC

White House Supports Growing National Movement of Local Leaders for Gigabit Networks

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, FCC, Gigabit Networks, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality January 14th, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015 – The White House on Tuesday announced efforts to end laws that harm broadband competition, several steps to support a growing national movement of local leaders for Gigabit Networks, plus new federal funding and a new initiative to support community broadband. The announcements came on Tuesday in advance of an anticipated […]

U.S. Commerce Department Promotes Community Networks in Minneapolis Broadband Workshop

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Gigabit Networks, NTIA September 5th, 2014

September 5, 2014 – The agency responsible for articulating President Obama’s communications policy is taking its campaign to promote community broadband initiatives on the road, and on Thursday in Minneapolis hosted its second workshop on the topic. The event, “Building a Community Broadband Roadmap,” featured remarks by Glenn Reynolds, chief of staff at the U.S. […]

Internet Protocol Transition a Critical Step To Ensuring Public Safety, Say Senate Hearing Witnesses

Broadband Mapping, FCC, Fiber, Public Safety June 11th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 – Even the quickest and best-designed networks can succumb to Mother Nature when a hurricane or tornado strikes a community. And when thousands of people dial 911 at the same time, modern-day networks simply aren’t equipped to handle traffic of such tremendous scale. That was the message delivered at a Thursday […]

NTIA’s Larry Strickling Recounts Broadband Stimulus Gains, Seeks to Continue Efforts Without Federal Funds

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, NTIA May 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 – The president’s chief adviser on telecommunications, the head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, on Thursday heralded the first of a series of workshops designed to find ways to “build on the momentum of our successful broadband grant program” without access to federal funds. In a blog […]

Fiber to the Home Council Webinar on Municipal Broadband Solutions Focuses on Open Access Opportunities

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Gigabit Networks May 22nd, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 – In a Wednesday webinar, the Fiber to the Home Council invited broadband planning firm Magellan Advisors to discuss their ways of advising communities seeking to build advance broadband networks. Guest members included Magellan Advisors President John Honkers and Vice President Kyle Hollifeld. They described their firm as a ‘turnkey’ that […]

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