Fiber Optics Now Seen as Default Technology Even for Deployment of Rural Broadband, Says FCC Official
September 16th, 2015
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, September 16, 2015 – Fiber-optics is now the default mode for deploying high-speed internet throughout the country, even including rural areas, said the head of the Federal Communications Commission’s office of strategic planning.
“Everywhere the country [that] has been able to get an electric line, it ought to be able to get a fiber cable,” said Jonathan Chambers, chief of the office, widely regarded as the FCC “think tank” for technological advancement.
Chambers, in the kick-off presentation at the Broadband Communities economic development conference here, highlighted the widespread acceptance that everyone deserved broadband deployment at speeds significantly higher than even those put forward in the National Broadband Plan five years ago.
This expectation for broadband at speeds upward of 25 megabits per second (Mbps), 100 Mbps, or 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps), Chambers said, extended even to rural areas.
Articles from the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin
April 27th, 2015
Editor’s Note: Below are links to the articles published on BroadbandBreakfast.com about the Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas, from April 13-16, 2015: April 27, 2015 – Financing Public-Private Fiber Networks Becoming a Reality, Say Experts at Broadband Communities Summit April 16, 2015 - Rural Telecommunications Congress Elects New Slate of Officers April 14, 2015 - FCC […]
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.]” [...]
Financing of Public Private Partnerships Focus of Pre-Conference Workshop on Monday at Broadband Summit
April 10th, 2015
AUSTIN, April 10, 2015 – One of the most promising aspects of the revived interest in community broadband networks is the great availability of opportunities for public-private partnerships to build or enhance next-generation internet infrastructure.
This year, at the Broadband Communities Summit next week here in Austin, the main conference from April 14-April 16 will be proceeded by a special event, “Financing Fiber Networks,” on Monday, April 13, 2015.
The program runs from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes panels on “Private Financing Mechanisms,” “State and Regional Funding Programs,” “Working Lunch and Armchair Interview between Lev Gonick of OneCommunity and Dave Shaw of Kirton McConkie,” “Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships,” “Thinking Outside the Box,” and “Federal Loans, Grants and USF Support.”
David Shaw, Shareholder at Kirton McConkie
Lev Gonick, CEO of OneCommunity in Cleveland
Gigabit Networks Featured at Kansas City Broadband Conference This Week and Next
Broadband Data, Gigabit Networks
January 12th, 2015
January 12, 2015 – Gigabit Networks will be a featured discussion and two Kansas City- based broadband conference this week and next week. “Gigabit City Summit” will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, January 13 through Thursday, January 15. “The State of Broadband – And the Road Ahead” will take place in Kansas […]
Broadband Conference in Western Massachusetts Aims to Highlight Internet’s Role in Economic Development
September 5th, 2014
September 5, 2014 – Broadband Communities Magazine is hosting its third annual conference on the role that broadband plays in economic development from Tues., Sept. 16 through Thurs., Sept. 18 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The conference builds on successful prior event held in Danville, Virginia, in fall 2012; and in Tinley Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, […]
FCC Officials Outline Plans for $100 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband Experiments
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Universal Service
July 29th, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 – In a webinar on Thursday, July 17, the Fiber to the Home Council hosted a webinar with Federal Communications Commission officials on a $100 million fund for expanding broadband capabilities to rural communities. FCC officials encouraged companies to apply for the funds, but also cautioning them of the heavy commitment. […]