Spectrum Policy is Too Politicized
Spectrum policy needs to be guided by the realities of network engineering rather than the desires of network incumbents to protect legacy business models from competition from wireless upstarts. Spectrum policy need not be a team sport.
Google Fiber is Coming to Town
How about that, Google Fiber is coming to my town.
The Cyberwar in Ukraine
Who would you bet on to win the game of cyberwar, the best minds in the world or a sad bunch of hacks whose highest professional aspiration is working for a madman?
The National Technology Innovation Administration
The only way through our 1,200 year drought is get better at managing and using water than we have been. While RF spectrum isn’t in a similar crisis yet, it’s wise to prepare for an eventuality where demand far outstrips supply. Spectrum, like water, is a finite resource at each point in time even if both are reusable.
Will Rinehart on Broadband Infrastructure and Inclusion
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If you’re interested in broadband, competition, digital inclusion, and how public policy moves from idea to appropriation this is for you.
Pallone’s Folly Will Make Broadband Worse
The need for broadband can be satisfied in a matter of months by spending money where it can do the most good: on end user inclusion programs and subsidies. The long term need for better and better broadband exists as well, but it lives on a completely different timeline.
IIJA: Good Start, Long Way to Go
Congress should re-prioritize broadband subsidies to meet the needs of urban poor, the forgotten rural areas, and the needs of everyone for mobile service. We live in 2021, let’s start acting like it.
NTIA Map Has Real but Limited Value
Indicators of Broadband Needs sheds light on low-income areas with limited broadband use. It doesn’t answer questions about how much money we need to spend on infrastructure, what speeds such spending should target, whether the providers should be public or private, and how such money should be spent.
Multi-Gigabit SOHO Networks are Here
The era of multi-gigabit networks is here for residential and SOHO users. Wi-Fi 6 is in the indirect enabler.
Universal Broadband: A 21st Century View
The way forward is to prioritize urgent needs over long term visions. In cases where a new wireline network is the only solution that will get a rural community online, of course that network needs to be all fiber and potentially symmetrical. But such cases are rare.