Californian WISPs argue for exclusive right to offer poor service at a high price

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True. Someone needs to think smarter.

A couple of fixed wireless operators are fighting a rear guard action against a fiber to the home project in Nevada City. Approved for a $16 million California Advanced Services Fund subsidy by the California Public Utilities Commission in December, the Bright Fiber project would bring FTTH service to about 2,000 homes in the Nevada City area. Smarter Broadband and ColfaxNet don't like that: they've gotten used to selling slow and expensive service to people that don't have a choice. For

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Big buck proposal for California broadband aims for wide appeal

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More money to build broadband infrastructure in California is back on the table, along with even more money for other broadband-related initiatives. Assembly bill 1758 was introduced at the state capitol by assemblyman Mark Stone (D - Santa Cruz) this week. It's a new and improved and greatly enlarged version of last year's effort to put more money in the California Advanced Services Fund, and raise the minimum broadband standards it supports.

AB 1758 would more than double the size of the fund, raising it from its current m

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Salinas targets Ag Tech Corridor, downtown with broadband RFP

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The City of Salinas has officially released a request for proposal, looking for telecommunications companies that are interested in using its municipal conduit system and other local assets to build out a high speed broadband system in key commercial and industrial areas...

The City of Salinas owns a total of 16,000 feet of telecommunications conduit that is available for use (see above referenced study) by respondents. Approximately 5,400 feet is in the core downtown business district

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EPA wants to send broadband experts to your town

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The Environmental Protection Agency is the latest federal agency to jump into the broadband development game. Let's get the bad news out of the way first: there's no money on the table.

What the EPA is offering is "a team of experts [that] will help community members develop strategies and an action plan for using planned or existing broadband service to promote smart, sustainable community development". In other words, if you are in a small rural town and have a broadband project in mind or, better yet, one that's already funded, the EPA – working with the U.S. agriculture department – will help you figure out what to do with it. It's not much, <a href="http://www.tellusventur

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Power to the people and back it up too

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Consumer groups are asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its new rule that requires telephone companies to sell back up batteries to customers when an outside power source is required. Companies should give subscribers batteries, the groups say.

The core issue is whether carriers will be required to pay for backup batteries at users' homes to make sure that phone service remains available during a power outage. Old style phone service – copper – was self powered and remained operational during power failures. VoIP and fiber-based systems need back up power, though.</p

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Competition heats up for broadband subsidies in the Californian desert

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There's a second bid for grant money to build a fiber to the home system in the San Bernardino County desert communities of Phelan, Piñon Hills, Oak Hills and West Cajon Valley, plus parts of Victorville and Hesperia. Yesterday, Ultimate Internet Access, Inc. (UIA) asked for a $21 million infrastructure subsidy from the California Advanced Services Fund CASF) for the project. It's now competing directly with Race Telecommunications for the cash.

Last August, <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/blog/californian-towns-redlined-by-charter-targeted-for-

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People understand broadband, they just can’t always afford it

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Any questions?

In the I've been meaning to write about this file is the Pew Research report released last month that showed a dip in fixed home Internet access and a corresponding blip in mobile-dependent households. Overall, the report says the national consumer broadband adoption rate is staying steady at about 80% of homes. But at the margins, where cost is critical, more people are putting smartphones ahead of wired (or, presumably, fixed wireless) service.

Cost is also the issue for people who have no broadband service at all. The general value proposition

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CPUC approves first subsidy for Internet via TV white space

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White space below the tree line.

Besides allowing a wireless claim jumper to ace two towns out of fiber to the home service last Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a $1.1 million grant from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) for wireless Internet service in northern Eldorado County. Cal.net's deployment is the first CASF project to lean heavily on newly available television white space spectrum.

The plan

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Surprise, Trona and Searles Valley! You’ve been chopped

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"Do the folks in Trona and Searles Valley that initially expressed strong support for this project, are they aware of this change?" asked commissioner Mike Florio as the California Public Utilities Commission considered a greatly trimmed fiber to the home project proposed for several high desert communities.

"No they are not, mostly likely they are not, unless they were attending today's meeting and received the [revised] version", replied Rob Wullenjohn, the CPUC staff manager who oversees the California Advanced Services Fund

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Last minute WISP challenge kills FTTH for two California towns

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No gigabit for you.

It's still called the Five Mining Communities broadband project, but only three will be getting fiber to the home service, assuming the California Public Utilities Commission approves a $2 million California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) grant as currently drafted at its meeting tomorrow.

Race Telecommunications will get the money to build out in Randsburg, Johannesburg, and Red Mountain, near the junction of Inyo, San Bernardino and Kern counties. But neighboring Trona and Searles Valley are of

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