Deadline soon for Californian broadband upgrades or obstruction

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The first shoe is about drop for the next round of California Advanced Services Fund broadband subsidies. Any “existing broadband provider” can file a letter with the California Public Utilities Commission saying it’s making a commitment to upgrading its infrastructure in a given area, using its own money. If it does, the CPUC will freeze that area for up to a year – not allow any CASF infrastructure grant or loan applications to move forward.

It’s anyone’s guess as to what’s going to happen. Maybe no one will file and the whole exercise becomes just a box to check off and move on. Maybe incumbent providers will take a hard look at their capital budgets, identify genuine gaps in their coverage and do the right thing. Or maybe we’ll see another round of map spam, amounting to a cynical gambit to stall the CASF-subsidised competition for a year and lock communities into sub-standard service for even longer.

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Speech isn’t free when ISPs can set prices based on content

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FedEx doesn't charge based on what a document says. Neither should Comcast or AT&T.

California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval has arguedand voted – in favor of regulating broadband infrastructure companies as common carriers, in much the same way as telephone companies, but with a "light touch". She made her case in testimony at a congressional hearing in Sacramento in Septe

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Outside plant vandalism is an inside job

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On the other hand, he might have just noticed that the concrete lid says "fiber".

Good information regarding fiber optic networks is often hard to come by. Companies that own it – particularly last mile companies like AT&T and Comcast – don't want customers or competitors picking apart their offerings, either in terms of unbundling network elements from managed service or trying to figure out in advance where gaps in service might be.

One reason reflexively given is security, but time and again events show that if there's a threat to physical infrastructure, it's from inside. The latest example is FairPoint Communications, a local exchange carrier in New England, as well as a few other markets around the U.S. Unionised work

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Broadcasters delay spectrum auction for at least year, but hey, they’re entitled

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Ten years isn't so long. Unless you're a dog. Or the Internet.

The possibility of converting prime spectrum from TV broadcasting to mobile broadband use has been pushed off another year. The FCC is delaying the planned auction of 600 MHz broadcast frequencies until 2016, instead of next summer.

It'll take that long to sort out a lawsuit filed by the National Association of Broadcasters – the primary lobbying organisation for TV and radio station owners – according to

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Cities can still use positive incentives to influence wireless broadband builds

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Cities and counties are still in control of their own property, at least concerning decisions about where to install wireless broadband facilities. In a recent ruling that tightens the limits on how local governments may regulate cell towers, antennae and other wireless infrastructure, the FCC said those rules don't apply when cities are simply acting as landlords...

Courts have consistently recognized that in “determining whether government contracts are subject to preemption, the case law distinguishes between actions a State entity takes in a proprietary capacity— actions similar to those a priv

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Mobile broadband gets faster in California, but maybe not fast enough

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Mobile broadband is better in California, and improvements have been made quickly. That was one of the takeaways from a meeting of Central Coast Internet service providers and California Public Utilities Commission staff in Seaside last week. Jim Warner, a network engineer at U.C. Santa Cruz and chair of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium's technical expert group, discussed his analysis of results from the latest round of the CPUC's mobile broadband field testing.

"Performance has doubled in year", Warner said, albeit with the recognition t

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Rural broadband needs are low and highly confidential, AT&T says

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AT&T knows what rural broadband customers need. And it's not nearly as much as what people living in high potential urban and suburban communities need, according to arguments AT&T and DirecTv are making to the FCC, in support of their proposed merger...

Within its wireline footprint, AT&am

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California shut out of rural community broadband grants, again

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Can't see California from here.

For the third year running, the U.S. department of agriculture passed over California while handing out Community Connect grants, a program run by the Rural Utilities Service. The agency released a list of 8 relatively small broadband projects that will be getting a total of $13.7 million. None of which are in California.

It's possible, of course, th

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FCC narrows scope for local review of wireless build outs

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The FCC's decision to tell local governments that if they don't approve permit applications for relatively minor modifications to wireless infrastructure within 60 days then permission is automatically "deemed granted" is a bit less than absolute. Local governments can still go to court to stop installations, and there's a narrow set of reasons that permit

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Overhead costs for California’s broadband subsidy program steady at almost $4 million

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Administrative costs will take the same amount of money out of the California Advanced Services Fund next year as this year, assuming the California Public Utilities Commission approves the proposed budget that is scheduled to be on the table at its next meeting on 6 November 2014.

The $3.8 million overhead proposed is in line with <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/blog/160-million-still-availabl

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