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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Telephone companies can begin bidding for FCC rural broadband subsidies

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The FCC will accept bids for its rural broadband experiment program, starting next week. With $100 million on the table, to be spent at the rate of $10 million a year for 10 years, the effort is likely to produce something like a dozen or so projects.

Because of legal restrictions on the source of the money – the Connect America Fund – only telephone companies that are certified as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETC), or shortly will be, can apply. Othe

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Continued CPUC backpedaling on net neutrality draws activist fire

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*"Okay, I got it."*

The decision to pull network neutrality and the possibility of regulating broadband infrastructure as a common carrier off the table at the California Public Utilities Commission provoked harsh criticism from advocacy group representatives who showed up at yesterday's meeting expecting to be in the discussion.

Tracy Rosenberg, the executive director of Oakland-based Media Alliance said that commissioners let down the 3,200 people who sent in comments via her website alone..

They are very disappointed by your action this morning. Not just disappointed because you did not decide to go a

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CPUC punts on putting broadband under common carrier rules

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Regulating broadband infrastructure under common carrier rules – also known as Title II of federal telecoms law – is dead, at least as far as the California Public Utilities Commission is concerned. Commissioners won't be voting on whether or not to advise the FCC to solve the network neutrality debate by applying a traditional, telephone-style regulatory regime to Internet service providers.

The question was scheduled to be discussed at this morning's CPUC meeting in San Francisco, but yesterday afternoon it was abruptly "withdrawn" from <a h

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San Francisco might install its own conduit anytime someone digs a hole.txt

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The City and County of San Francisco is on the verge of assuming that it will install conduit and, possibly, fiber optic cables whenever someone cuts into a street. A board of supervisors' committee has endorsed a proposed ordinance that requires anyone – including utilities and the City itself – who applies for a permit to open a trench in the City's right of way or otherwise digs a hole on City property to notify the department of technology (DT). According to a staff analysis of the draft...</

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With no BMOC, expect a different CPUC next year

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With the departure of Michael Peevey as president of the California Public Utilities Commission after 12 years on the job, the style and, almost certainly, the substance of its work will change significantly. The direction and speed of that change depends on who the governor appoints to take his place.

Judging by the other four commissioners – all Brown appointees – the new honcho is unlikely to be an ex-utility executive like Peevey. Two of the current members – Mike Florio and Carla Peterman – are alumni of TURN, which is arguably the state's most influential utility consumer advocacy group.

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No surprise, CPUC president calls it quits

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The California Public Utilities Commission will have a new president next year. Michael Peevey, head of the commission for the past 12 years, announced yesterday that his current term will be his last...

I originally planned to make the following announcement at the CPUC’s regularly-scheduled Voting Meeting on October 16th, but instead I am moving the announcement to today to state that I will not seek reappointment to the CPUC when my term expires at the end of this year. Twelve years as President is enough. The Governor, of course, will make a decision as to my successor in due time. I will speak more extensively regarding my terms as CPUC President at the last Voting

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\n\nAT&T knows what rural broadband customers need. And it\'s not nearly as much as what people living in high potential urban and suburban communiti...
Can\'t see California from here.\n\nFor the third year running, the U.S. department of agriculture passed over California while handing out Community Con...
\n\nThe FCC\'s decision to tell local governments that if they don\'t approve permit applications for relatively minor modifications to wireless infrastru...
Second verse, same as the first.\n\nAdministrative costs will take the same amount of money out of the California Advanced Services Fund next year as th...
\n\nThe FCC will accept bids for its rural broadband experiment program, starting next week. With $100 million on the table, to be spent at the rate of ...
*\"Okay, I got it.\"*\n\nThe decision to pull network neutrality and the possibility of regulating broadband infrastructure as a common carrier off the ta...
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\n\nWith the departure of Michael Peevey as president of the California Public Utilities Commission after 12 years on the job, the style and, almost cer...
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