There’s still interest in rural broadband experiments, but no way to judge feasibility yet

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If you don't ask, you don't get.

Hundreds of companies, communities and miscellaneous organisations, representing just a touch shy of a thousand projects, told the FCC last March that they wanted to take part in its rural broadband experiment program. When it came time to actually submit a bid – it's effectively an auction process – only 181 applications were <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/downloads/fcc/DOC-330454A1

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Google’s small business gigabit enables e-commerce for a few dollars more

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An extra $30 or so gets you a commercially usable gigabit connection from Google. That’s the deal being rolled out to small businesses in a few districts of the Kansas City metro area.

The basic consumer price in Kansas City is $70 for a gigabit ($120 with television service). Google’s new small business package is $100 for the gigabit, plus another $20 if you want a static IP add

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Fast track broadband projects proposed in northern California

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Almost 120,000 people – 50,000 households – in 14 California counties would be reached by broadband projects reviewed by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) at its rural forum in Redding last week.

The list of "projects with some current momentum" was developed with the cooperation, and in many cases active participation, of the regional broadband consortia that represent those areas. The plan going f

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How much of the net neutrality job will go to state regulators?

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Whether or not the FCC decides to regulate broadband service as a common carrier utility, new net neutrality rules will be imposed, successfully or not. State utility regulators from across the country met in San Francisco this week. The California Public Utilities Commission hosted a conference on Internet regulation, and net neutrality in particular, chaired by commissioner Catherine Sandoval, yesterday afternoon.

A national panel of economics and law professors discussed where state regulators fit in. Not surprisingly, they didn't agree.

Early on, <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/blog/wireline-broadband-regulation-should-follow-the-wireless-roadmap

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Mobile broadband divide detailed at California Broadband Council

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Ken Biba, from Novarum Inc., briefed California Broadband Council members yesterday on the results of mobile broadband testing conducted by the California Public Utilities Commission. He reiterated conclusions previously published regarding the mobile broadband divide between rural and urban areas in California.

"It's a one

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FCC squeezes the AT&T GigaWeasel

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Sneak peak at AT&T's response.

The FCC slapped back at AT&T on Friday, demanding it turn over information describing exactly what it means when it says it's going to build fiber to 2 million more homes if its deal to buy DirecTv is approved, but will otherwise stop upgrading systems while the FCC decides whether to regulate broadband as a common carrier service.

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FCC commissioners surf a common carrier wave

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As detailed yesterday, an article in the the Washington Post describes well the split between U.S. president Barack Obama and FCC chair Tom Wheeler over common carrier regulation of Internet infrastructure and service. But it's not a game of equals, which is why the safe bet is on adoption of Title II common carrier rules.

Even though the Post article puts Wheeler o

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Comcast believes in the power of competition, so it avoids any

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Have I got a deal for you.

A credible threat is all it takes to convince Comcast to upgrade its current service or extend it to new customers. That’s the only conclusion I can draw from the announcement that it will double the speed of its Internet service in Colorado (h/t to the Baller-Herbst list for the pointer).

The cause seems obvious: last week, seven Colorado communities voted to allow the development of municipal broadband projects. The promised upgrade – cu

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CETF zeros in on Californian broadband subsidy priorities

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About 200 broadband-starved communities in California have been identified as priority areas for subsidised infrastructure builds. The list was put together by regional broadband consortia funded through the California Advanced Services Fund, which is also intended to be the source of the money to do the construction work.

Even though there's something like $160 million available in CASF to spend on broadband upgrades, that's not anything like enough to pay for 200 projects. Even if Internet service providers were interested in picking

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Uncommon advocacy for common carrier broadband rules

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Consumer broadband service will be regulated as a common carrier service. Either that, or U.S. president Barack Obama is so detached from reality that he records a video pronouncement to that effect and leaves for a summit meeting in China without first making sure that his appointee – FCC chairman Tom Wheeler – has his back. In an accompanying written statement, Obama explained yesterday...

So the time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations a

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If you don\'t ask, you don\'t get.\n\nHundreds of companies, communities and miscellaneous organisations, representing just a touch shy of a thousand proj...
Click for a bigger version.\n\nAn extra $30 or so gets you a commercially usable gigabit connection from Google. That’s the deal being rolled out ...
\n\nAlmost 120,000 people – 50,000 households – in 14 California counties would be reached by broadband projects reviewed by the California Emerging...
\n\nWhether or not the FCC decides to regulate broadband service as a common carrier utility, new net neutrality rules will be imposed, successfully or ...
\n\nKen Biba, from Novarum Inc., briefed California Broadband Council members yesterday on the results of mobile broadband testing conducted by the Cali...
Sneak peak at AT&T\'s response.\n\nThe FCC slapped back at AT&T on Friday, demanding it turn over information describing exactly what it means wh...
\n\nAs detailed yesterday, an article in the the Washington Post describes well the split between U.S. president Barack Obama and FCC chair Tom Wheeler ...
Have I got a deal for you.\n\nA credible threat is all it takes to convince Comcast to upgrade its current service or extend it to new customers. That&#...
\n\nAbout 200 broadband-starved communities in California have been identified as priority areas for subsidised infrastructure builds. The list was put ...
Entering the network neutral zone.\n\nConsumer broadband service will be regulated as a common carrier service. Either that, or U.S. president Barack Ob...

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