Rural telcos challenge Sierra wireless broadband proposals

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Three rural telephone companies are challenging wireless broadband projects in the Sierra Nevada proposed by Cal.net for construction grants from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF).

Volcano Telephone Company, Calaveras Telephone Company and Sierra Telephone Company jointly sent a letter to the California Public Utilities Commissio

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No tears at the Comcast-Time Warner-Charter mega-deal funeral

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Whoops. Missed the ruby slippers again.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and U.S. attorney general Eric Holder both took a victory lap yesterday, proclaiming that the death of the Comcast-Time Warner-Charter deal was, respectively, "in the best interests" and the "best outcome" for U.S. consumers.

And so it is. And doubly so for California, where Comcast would have been left with control – monopoly or duopoly – of at least 86% of the broadband market.

Time Warner released a perfunctory statement saying, in effect, <a href="http://ir.timewarnercable.com/investor

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Comcast deal shuddering to a halt in Washington

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Hard to guarantee good predatory behavior.

The mega-merger and market swap involving Comcast, Time Warner and Charter is either dead or dying, according to news reports. Bloomberg reported that Comcast isn't happy with FCC and federal department of justice plans to send the deal into a hearing process, which is usually a prelude to killing proposed mergers, although it's possible to mount a defence. Rather than go through that, though, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-23/comcast-said-planning-to-withdraw-offer-for-time-warner

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Harder push for faster broadband speeds in California

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California should raise its minimum standard for broadband, CPUC commissioner Catherine Sandoval said during yesterday's meeting of the California Broadband Council in Sacramento. The goal "is to the increase the minimum speed that counts as served in California to mirror the FCC's speed of 25 mbps down and 3 up", she said. "I think it's imperative that the state amend its definition". Sandoval said she'll be working to do that via existing California Public Utilities Commission processes, and also pointed to a bill sponsored by Santa Cruz legislator Mark Stone – assembly bill 238 – that would do the same thing.

Stone's bill is on a two-year track now – n

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Public sector broadband customers are slow to change, even when it means fast broadband

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Schools and other big broadband users have been slow to sign up for service on Digital 395, a 500-plus mile fiber network that reaches from Reno, down the eastern Calfiornia side of the Sierra Nevada, along U.S. Highway 395, to Barstow. The slower than expected take up rate for anchor institutions is causing financial headaches for the system, according to Michael Ort, president of Praxis Associates, the lead company on the Digital 395 project.

"We need to think about the long

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Feds figure out that the Comcast deal looks the same from Washington as it does from California

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Looks the same from either side.

The federal justice department might save the California Public Utilities Commission the trouble of killing the Comcast/Time Warner/Charter deal.

First Bloomberg reported that the justice department is about to send the matter into a proceeding – an administrative hearing – that would, in all likelihood, end with the mega-merger and market swap being tanked on anti-trust grounds. Then, the Wal

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Tacoma considers a private bailout plan for muni broadband system

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Local choice is not a free ride.

The City of Tacoma might back out of the cable TV and broadband business, and lease its municipal cable system to a private operator for 40 years (h/t to the Baller-Herbst list for the pointer).

The muni system – branded Click – was built on the back of a fiber optic network originally ins

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Comcast offers California a few crumbs

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Not what the CPUC was thinking of ordering.

It's almost certainly too little, too late, but Comcast has offered a few concessions to the California Public Utilities Commission, in the hopes of gaining approval for its proposed mega-merger and market swap with Time Warner and Charter. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Comcast came to a public meeting in LA last week with a much lighter alternative to the

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Even Google needs video to compete against broadband incumbents

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Cut the cord carefully, if you bleed Dodger blue.

Video is an essential part of high speed broadband service. That's the conclusion that Google has apparently reached. Google Fiber exec Milo Medin spoke at a conference in Florida earlier this week and, according to a story in Fierce Telecom, said...

What we have found is that while it's not necessary to offer voice service because of wireless [substitution], if you don't offer a good TV service your ability to compete with incumbents that bundle Internet an

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Comcast sings the same old tune in LA

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You weren't expecting a new act, were you?

It doesn't look like any progress was made at a California Public Utilities Commission-supervised meeting between Comcast, its would-be mega-merger allies and opponents of the deal in Los Angeles on Tuesday. I was thinking of flying down to LA to see the show, but after reading the news accounts of it, I'm glad I didn't. It seems – judging from those reports, anyway – that it was more of

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Hard to guarantee good predatory behavior.\n\nThe mega-merger and market swap involving Comcast, Time Warner and Charter is either dead or dying, accord...
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