Charter won’t promise to offer broadband in redlined communities

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This isn't where the other 99% live.

If you live in the bottom 1% of Charter Communications service area, you're not getting broadband access or, indeed, anything other than poor analog video service from the company. The message from Charter is those redlined communities – among the poorest and most isolated in California – won't be upgraded to 21st century digital systems anytime soon.

Charter tries to weasel its way around that issue in its initial filing with the Federal Communications Comm

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Frontier’s ability to deliver, particularly broadband, will be evaluated by CPUC

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Frontier Communications' proposed purchase of Verizon's wireline telephone systems in California is under review by the California Public Utilities Commission, which has to decide if the deal is in the public interest. Catherine Sandoval is the commissioner assigned to lead the review, and [she's laid out a broad basis for doing it](), stating that it's not just the interests of Verizon's current customers that matter, instead "at the least, we must be able to say that the proposed transaction is overall net b

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Suddenlink tries to avoid going down the same regulatory review path as Comcast

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The purchase of Suddenlink Communications – the seventh largest cable operator in the U.S. and a significant video and Internet service provider in rural California – by a European company, Altice, is officially under review by the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communicati

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Mayors like and loath FCC broadband rules

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Mayors in U.S. cities want the federal government's help to maintain their cities' authority to build and operate municipal broadband systems (h/t to the Baller-Herbst list for the pointer). At least, the U.S. conference of mayors does, voting to approve a resolution that calls out Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's move to preempt state-imposed restrictions on municipal broadband systems and <a hre

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Berkeley launches a city-led broadband initiative

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The Berkeley City Council took a big step last night toward supporting broadband development and, perhaps, to pursue a municipal fiber optic project or partnership with a private network operator. By a unanimous vote, the council told city staff to...

  • Survey the city's inventory of broadband, traffic signal and other conduit to assess its suitability for supporting a fiber optic network, with the goal of leasing it to one or more fiber companies.<
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Legality of FCC’s muni broadband preemption will be decided in Cincinnati

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The local team.

It's no great surprise, but the two challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's decision to preempt state bans on municipal broadband have been consolidated into one proceeding. The nod goes to the first case to be submitted, by the State of Tennessee, in the federal appeals court district that's headquartered in Cincinnati and includes Tennessee. The appeal from the state of North Carolina was filed nearly two mo

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Home broadband service grows in California but not overall Internet access

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High speed home broadband service in California continues to grow, albeit slowly, but Internet use has flatlined among Californian adults. That's one of the findings of a survey conducted by the Field Poll on behalf of the California Emerging Technology Fund.

According to the report, 87% of Californian homes were connected to the Internet in 2014 and 79% have high speed access – sorta. The survey classified smart phone access as "broadband". And it is, in comparison to the 6% of homes that <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/bl

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Petrolia project shows how middle mile subsidies boost last mile speeds

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Frontier Communications is asking the California Public Utilities Commission for $203,000 from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to pay for 60% of the cost of upgrading a microwave link between the tiny and remote Humboldt County town of Petrolia and high capacity fiber backhaul to the north in Ferndale. The application made it through the review process, and is now scheduled to be voted on by the CPUC next month.

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Low income subsidies for broadband service pushed by FCC

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What would Ronald Reagan do?

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 along party lines on Friday to begin work on a plan to extend lifeline benefits – telephone bill subsidies for low income people – to broadband service. We don’t exactly what they did, because the actual text of the decision won’t be available until commission staff get around to publishing it, but we do know that Ronald Reagan would have either loved or hated it.

FCC chairman, and democrat, Tom Wheeler gave Reagan credit for creating the program i

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FCC wastes no time in bringing the net neutrality hammer down hard on mobile carriers

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Shoot the first one out the door. That'll give them to know our intentions as serious.

The Federal Communications Commission took a hard swat at AT&T, fining it $100 million for trying to weasel out of unlimited data deals it offered back in the days when the iPhone was being launched...

We find that AT&T...apparently willfully and repeatedly violated the Commission’s Open Internet Transparency Rule by: (1) using the misleading and inaccurate term “unlimited” to label a data plan that was in fact subject to prolonged speed reductions after a customer used a set amount of data; and (2) failing to disclose the exp

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This isn\'t where the other 99% live.\n\nIf you live in the bottom 1% of Charter Communications service area, you\'re not getting broadband access or, ind...
\n\nFrontier Communications\' proposed purchase of Verizon\'s wireline telephone systems in California is under review by the California Public Utilities ...
Click for the full picture.\n\nThe purchase of Suddenlink Communications – the seventh largest cable operator in the U.S. and a significant video and ...
\n\nMayors in U.S. cities want the federal government\'s help to maintain their cities\' authority to build and operate municipal broadband systems (h/t t...
Click to get the full picture.\n\nThe Berkeley City Council took a big step last night toward supporting broadband development and, perhaps, to pursue a...
The local team.\n\nIt\'s no great surprise, but the two challenges to the Federal Communications Commission\'s decision to preempt state bans on municipal...
Click to download the full slide deck.\n\nHigh speed home broadband service in California continues to grow, albeit slowly, but Internet use has flatlin...
Click for more maps and financials.\n\nFrontier Communications is asking the California Public Utilities Commission for $203,000 from the California Adv...
What would Ronald Reagan do?\n\nThe Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 along party lines on Friday to begin work on a plan to extend lifelin...
Shoot the first one out the door. That\'ll give them to know our intentions as serious.\n\nThe Federal Communications Commission took a hard swat at AT&a...

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