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Broadband is about more than fiber-optic wires, towers and digital antenna systems; it is about making a difference in the lives of the community and its residents.

Broadband's Impact/Fiber

In Charlotte, Fiber to the Home Builds by Google, AT&T Still Require Cleanup

Broadband Breakfast Insight: This article in the Charlotte Observer highlights the fact that, even when people want fiber, there are inevitably logistical and infrastructure challenges that need to be managed in a fiber-to-the-home build. Both Google Fiber and AT&T are impacted by the problem. Busted water mains are the biggest problem for Google and AT&T contractors,… Keep Reading

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai Announces Broadband Advisory Group to Propose Model City Ordinances

WASHINGTON, January 31, 2017 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee that would seek to accelerate deployment of high-speed broadband nationwide, and to close the digital divide, by providing a model approach to deployment for municipalities. “Access to broadband is increasingly critical for all… Keep Reading

With 74 Percent of Broadband Households Having Internet TVs, Over the Top Video is Here to Stay

Broadband Breakfast Insight: Broadband Penetration inches toward saturation, in this new report from The Diffusion Group. Over-the-top video is now practically any everyday household option. TDG: Three-Fourths of US Broadband Households Now Have an Internet-Connected TV According to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), the penetration of Internet-connected TVs among US broadband households has… Keep Reading

An Open Letter to Donald Trump From Adrianne Furniss of Benton Foundation About National Broadband Strategy

EVANSTON, Illinois, January 30, 2017 – Benton Foundation CEO Adrianne Furniss on Monday sent the following letter to to President Donald Trump and leaders both in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission. She wrote: Just as ten years ago when Benton Foundation Founder Charles Benton called on then-President George W. Bush to develop a national broadband… Keep Reading

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s First Action is Approving Connect America Fund Dollars to New York State

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2017 – In his first substantive action since being named to his position on Tuesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced approval of the petition by New York State’s broadband program to access the Connect America Fund. The agency’s full press release is below: FCC VOTES TO EXPAND BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT IN… Keep Reading

MOBILE NOW Spectrum Measure, Internet of Things, and FCC Reauthorization Bills Clear Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2017 – The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday voted to advance 16 bills, including several with implications for telecommunications policy. The most significant communications-related measure among the bills clearing the committee was the so-called MOBILE Now Act, sponsored by Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-South Dakota and Ranking Member Sen. Bill Nelson,… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Smart Cities

Digital Excellence Grants Come to Cleveland’s Case Western and Cleveland State

 Broadband Breakfast Insight: Cleveland, through its OneCommunity non-profit fiber network, has been ahead of the curve in bring better broadband to the northeast Ohio area. Cleveland Foundation announces two Digital Excellence technology grants, from the Plain Dealer CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Foundation has approved two grants to launch the foundation’s new Digital Excellence Initiative.… Keep Reading

White House Issues Executive Orders on Infrastructure, But Broadband Not Specifically Mentioned

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2017 – President Trump signed several executive orders Tuesday designed to expedite energy and infrastructure projects. Although high-speed broadband internet services are not specifically mentioned in the orders, one of them, “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects,” (bolded below) could have an impact on projects that include broadband. The full… Keep Reading

With Donald Trump as President, White House Web Site Under Barack Obama Goes to National Archives

Broadband Breakfast Insight: Just as the White House web site changed with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the abundant web resources and social media content associated with the administration of former President Barack Obama is now available through the National Archives. National Archives launches Barack Obama Library website including access to archived web and… Keep Reading

Broadband Data Geeks Rejoice: Public Comment Opens for Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey

Broadband Breakfast Insight: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is continuing its efforts to ensure good-quality broadband data, even as broadband policy remains undertain under the incoming presidential administration. These steps will ensure a good foundation. Building Our Next Internet Use Survey January 09, 2017 by Rafi Goldberg, Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Analysis and… Keep Reading

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Backpage Executives Before Senate Investigative Subcommittee Refuse to Testify About Online Business

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2017 – Executives of Backpage.com brought before a Senate investigative hearing on Tuesday refused to answer any lawmaker questions the company’s online classifieds, including sexually-explicit services. The executives appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, each asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. The hearing came… Keep Reading

Why Smart Cities Will Be the Key Future Driver for Internet of Things Applications

Broadband Breakfast Insight: A good roundup piece highlighting the crucial role that cities will play in the future of internet of things (IoT). Consumer gadgets have been the initial driver, but it is in civic applications that full potential will be realized. See Drew Clark’s piece on “What the Internet of Things means for local… Keep Reading

Not in Las Vegas? Watch the Live Stream from CES

Broadband Breakfast Insight: We’re paying attention to the “Innovation Policy Stream” below, but this link provides a complete list to the live-streams at CES2017. The top three discussion points: Disruptive innovation, the internet of things and the sharing economy. -> Live-streamed events from CES2017 in Las Vegas Even if you can’t make it to Las… Keep Reading

How Rio Blanco Shows That a ‘Shared Network’ Can Make Sense in Rural Colorado

Broadband Breakfast Insight: A great article detailing the way that a rural community, even in a sparsely-populated region of Colorado, is able to make an open-access network work for the communities and residents of the region. -> Rio Blanco County Stays Relevant With Broadband, from Broadband Communities Magazine. Colorado became a hotbed of community broadband… Keep Reading

FCC Releases Video of Webinar from its ‘Connected Health’ Discussion

Broadband Breakfast Insight: This was an excellent webinar discussion probing connectivity, and helping government, non-profit and industry users to visualize data about connectivity. Think of this as the kind of activity that the National Broadband Map was designed to achieve. -> Mapping Connected Health County by County Webinar, a webinar of the Federal Communications Commission… Keep Reading

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A Graphic History of the Satellite Internet Provider HughesNet

December 11, 2016 – NeoFast, a HughesNet Satellite Internet provider, sent us the following graphic. With the launch of HughesNet’s Jupiter-2 satellite scheduled for Friday, the company outlined the history of HughesNet and how they got to where they are today. This satellite is expected to be able to transmit broadband internet speeds at speeds comparable… Keep Reading

Statement from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Regarding DC Circuit Decision to Uphold FCC’s Open Internet Rules

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – Today, the DC Circuit upheld the FCC’s Open Internet rules. The following statement can be attributed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  “Today’s ruling is a victory for consumers and innovators who deserve unfettered access to the entire web, and it ensures the internet remains a platform for unparalleled innovation, free expression and… Keep Reading

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FCC Broadband Facts Labels | BroadbandSearch.net | BroadbandSearch

In April 2016, the FCC developed a base “Nutritional Facts” label for cable internet providers to follow. Well, we have put together labels for what the top brands currently offer! Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.broadbandsearch.net The Federal Communications Commission’s broadband facts label has this group to assemble a comparison by providers at broadbandsearch.net See on… Keep Reading

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Digital Inclusion Day

National Digital Inclusion Day Join us Friday, May 13th for the first National Digital Inclusion Day as we focus attention on empowering under-connected communities through increased internet access and usage. NDIA invites you to participate in a nationwide Twitter Town Hall at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET to discuss the impact digital access… Keep Reading

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CenturyLink must expand fiber to ward off Google Fiber, cable competitors, says Wells Fargo

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) will need to continue to expanding its fiber networks to serve a mix of residential and business customers as it faces growing threats from upstart providers like Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) and cable operators like Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) building out into new areas. Jennifer Fritzsche, senior analyst for… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Tim Bobrowski: Let it snow; we won’t miss school

Despite the same landscape and weather challenges faced by many areas of West Virginia, in 2015, the schools in Owsley County, in the coalfield region of eastern Kentucky, did not lose any days of school to snow or inclement weather. In that same year, we were able to dramatically increase the number of students graduating… Keep Reading

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Four Essentials for Digital Inclusion Efforts | Benton Foundation

Four Essentials for Digital Inclusion Efforts Share with: Submitted by Benton Foundation on behalf of Colin Rhinesmith on January 4, 2016 – 12:40pm Four Essentials for Digital Inclusion Efforts Four essential activities that are necessary to help low-income individuals and families adopt broadbandOver the last few months, I have been speaking with and visiting digital… Keep Reading

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Bringing Broadband to Silverton

Bringing Broadband to Silverton January 05, 2016 by NTIA The 67 students at Silverton School, nestled in the mountains of Colorado’s San Juan County, are returning from winter break to an abundance of new educational resources. The students of Silverton School (click to enlarge) Thanks to a grant from NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP),… Keep Reading

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Home Broadband 2015

Home Broadband 2015 The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued, and more rely only on their smartphones for online access BY JOHN B. HORRIGAN AND MAEVE DUGGAN Three notable changes relating to digital access and digital divides are occurring in the realm of personal connectivity, according to new findings from Pew Research… Keep Reading

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New FCC website offers realtime document database access

The Federal Communications Commission is days away from launching a new website, based on several months of beta testing and public input. BONUS: Join FCC CIO David Bray for an exclusive webcast on Dec. 16, in which he will describe how a contractor owned and operated model aided the agency in IT management and transition.… Keep Reading

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At Inaugural AnchorNETs Conference in Silicon Valley, The Broadband Talk is About Public-Private Partnerships

MOUNTAIN VIEW, November 24, 2015 - Community broadband institutions are a key building block to accelerate deployment of high-capacity internet service, said speakers and panelists at the inaugural Anchornets conference here last week. Such community institutions also play a vital role in facilitating public-private partnerships that aid such deployment, they said at a conference hosted by the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition at the Museum of Computer History here in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday, November 16. Sunne McPeak, CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, speaks of the importance of public-private partnership to broadband. Among the high-profile leaders who emphasized the important role of schools and libraries in promoting high-speed internet service were former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Sunne McPeak, CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, and Evan Marwell, founder of EducationSuperhighway, a non-profit designed to promote greater internet connectivity in schools. [More...] Keep Reading

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