California legislature considers raising broadband standard to 25 Mbps

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Californians can and should go faster.

While we’re waiting for the FCC to let us know what it actually did in its net neutrality and muni broadband decisions last week, let’s take a look at new broadband development bill that’s in the hopper in Sacramento: assembly bill 238, introduced by assemblyman Mark Stone (D - Santa Cruz).

Stone wants to raise the minimum broadband speed in

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Three points to watch for in FCC muni broadband decision

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The FCC has to win an uphill fight against past court decisions if Thursday's expected preemption of two particular state bans on municipal broadband is to have any practical effect.

The primary obstacle is Gregory v. Ashcroft, a 1991 U.S. supreme court decision that said, in effect, if congress wants to "upset the usual cons

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Temporary conditions will make Comcast’s Californian monopoly permanent

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It won't get any better when the referee leaves the ring.

One of the more fascinating aspects of a proposed California Public Utilities Commission decision approving the Comcast/Time-Warner/Charter mega merger and market swap is an analysis of the resulting broadband market in the state. Prepared for the CPUC's office of ratepayer advocates by Lee Selwyn, a telecommunications analyst, the study reaches the bottom line conclusion that if Comcast

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Vague rules will make the FCC a poor referee

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It's always a bad call when a ref begs to be noticed.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says he wants to be the Internet's referee. He's used that description of how he see's the FCC role in managing the broadband ecosystem several times, most recently in a Colorado speech where he talked about his proposal to bring the Internet under common carrier regulations...

The proposal also looks forward into the broadband future to assure there are basic ground rules and a referee on the field to e

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Common carrier opponents’ talking points miss the point

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Unfortunately, it's the way the game is played.

At first it seemed like there might be something resembling a public debate about the merits of bringing broadband infrastructure and service under common carrier rules before the FCC votes on it.

First, chairman Tom Wheeler delivered his sales pitch for the proposed rules. Then, commissioner Ajit Pai countered with substantive objections to what

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Comcast has to clean up its act if it wants to merge in California

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How about starting with some botox and a manicure?

If Comcast wants approval for its mega merger and market swap with Time-Warner and Charter, it's going to have to meet some stiff, if mostly temporary, conditions. That's the preliminary determination of a California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge in his review of the deal.

The proposed decision – there's still some back and forth to come, and final approval is subject to a vote by the five commissioners – reaffirms that the CPUC has a

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WiFi dominates California public housing broadband grant proposals

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Good enough for public housing.

Wired networks account for only two of the 52 public housing grant proposals made to the California Public Utilities Commission in the first round of applications. The rest either rely on WiFi – mesh networks, mostly – or, in the case of 24 projects proposed by the San Bernardino County housing authority, don't specify a technology type.

Promised service speeds are consistent with both the technology proposed and the CPUC's disappointing low minimum of 1.5 Mb

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FCC won’t bulldoze state bans on muni broadband, yet

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Parked.

Hopes and fears that the FCC will sweep away state restrictions on municipal broadband at its upcoming meeting this month appear overblown. That's not to say it won't be an important decision – assuming, as is all but certain, at least three commissioners vote yes – but it will involve particular issues in two cities in two states. That's what FCC chair Tom Wheeler told a tech group in Colorado last

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Will common carrier-lite Internet rules kill local loop competition?

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The days of plain old telephone service aren't behind us yet, but the time will come — sooner rather than later — when all telecoms services, including voice, run over Internet protocol systems. The switch from copper to end-to-end fiber is a bit further down the road, but it's near enough that practical questions about it have to be dealt with now.

Yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission offered its suggestions on how to do that to the FCC, unanimously approving comments for the feds to consider. Despite the fact that the primary author described the docu

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Santa Cruz County supervisors look at fiber plan, consider options to move ahead

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On Tuesday, Santa Cruz County supervisors took a look at the broadband development plan that I previewed a couple of days ago. It sketched out a possible core fiber network in five key unincorporated areas of the county that have been identified as economic development priorities, as well as providing additional support for the broadband infrastructure policy initiatives that are already underway.

"Infrastructure is already inadequate and

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Californians can and should go faster.\n\nWhile we’re waiting for the FCC to let us know what it actually did in its net neutrality and muni broad...
Black letter law.\n\nThe FCC has to win an uphill fight against past court decisions if Thursday\'s expected preemption of two particular state bans on m...
It won\'t get any better when the referee leaves the ring.\n\nOne of the more fascinating aspects of a proposed California Public Utilities Commission de...
It\'s always a bad call when a ref begs to be noticed.\n\nFCC chairman Tom Wheeler says he wants to be the Internet\'s referee. He\'s used that description...
Unfortunately, it\'s the way the game is played.\n\nAt first it seemed like there might be something resembling a public debate about the merits of bring...
How about starting with some botox and a manicure?\n\nIf Comcast wants approval for its mega merger and market swap with Time-Warner and Charter, it\'s g...
Good enough for public housing.\n\nWired networks account for only two of the 52 public housing grant proposals made to the California Public Utilities ...
Parked.\n\nHopes and fears that the FCC will sweep away state restrictions on municipal broadband at its upcoming meeting this month appear overblown. T...
\n\nThe days of plain old telephone service aren\'t behind us yet, but the time will come — sooner rather than later — when all telecoms services, in...
\n\nOn Tuesday, Santa Cruz County supervisors took a look at the broadband development plan that I previewed a couple of days ago. It sketched out a pos...

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