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.

August 18, 2021 0

Connecting the Unconnected

When we begin with the requirements we quickly find that there are many ways to satisfy them. At this point it’s more prudent to continue to rely on innovation to meet needs rather than declare one and only one technology the permanent victor.

July 12, 2021 0

Comparing Wi-Fi 6E Gateways: Netgear vs. Asus

In the last post we shared some preliminary impressions of Wi-Fi 6E vs. Wi-Fi 6. 6E is identical to 6 except that 6E uses the 6GHz frequency band while 6…

June 10, 2021 0

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.

May 7, 2021 0

Biden’s Zombie Broadband Plan

While we have work to do in rural and poor America, we are not at a point where we can afford to turn our backs on emerging technologies in favor of a zombie broadband plan born in the last millennium.

April 1, 2021 0

Broadband After the Pandemic

As the pandemic starts to fade, we won’t return to the old normal but we’ll reach a new normal with more broadband of all kinds, especially mobile, with less TV watching.  Against that background, the efforts of Congress to shore up the old normal are going to fail.

March 16, 2021 0

How We Share Spectrum

Cocktail Party

Barring the advent of some new technology that allows you and your neighbors to use the same band at the same time with absolutely no interference, this is all there is. We will have have such a technology someday, but we quite have it yet.  

January 11, 2021 0

Attack of the 5G Truthers!

Given that safety is not a real problem, or at the very least not something city councils need to worry about, a coherent focus on aesthetics and speedy deployment best serves the public interest.

June 29, 2020 0

Winning the 5G Prize

While the US is in a comfortable international position with 5G at the moment, we could run into problems down the road.

June 24, 2020 0

Resolving the 6 GHz Conundrum

I’m proposing that the FCC releases 480 MHz of bandwidth in the 6 GHz band for a pilot project. The terms of the pilot are as specified, three high speed, indivisible 160 MHz channels supported by ongoing work on inter-access point coordination.

March 6, 2020 0