Items tagged "Mapping"

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Update Mapping Data for 5G Rural America Fund

April 23, 2020 5G , 5G Fund for Rural America , FCC , Mapping

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would create a “5G Fund for Rural America,” committing up to $9 billion over the next decade to deploy 5G in rural areas. Public Knowledge supports funding 5G deployment but remains disappointed by the agency’s reluctance to base the funding on more accurate mapping data — especially since Congress just mandated the FCC to implement a new, more accurate mapping program. Public Knowledge looks forward to working with the FCC to make sure no Americans are left behind on the path to 5G.

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Consumer Organizations Request the Improvements in FCC’s Broadband Data Collection

August 11, 2009 Broadband , FCC , Mapping , National Broadband Plan , Press Release

The following statement may be attributed to Harold Feld, Legal Director, Public Knowledge, with regard to the filing of the attached letter from 6 consumer organizations requesting the FCC improve its broadband data collection:

“The improvement to the FCC’s broadband data collection recommended here are critical to creating data-driven policy. As we have learned over the last 8 years, a real National Broadband Plan cannot rely only on data providers voluntarily chose to disclose. Only by collecting detailed data directly from the network providers, covering all aspects of broadband delivery from the ‘first mile’ through the ‘middle mile’ to the ‘last mile,’ can the FCC create a plan that identifies our real weaknesses and develops our full potential.”

The letter is available here.

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Public Knowledge Sees Benefits From Broadband Mapping Conditions

July 1, 2009 Broadband , Mapping , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

"The data to be collected from the broadband maps authorized under the stimulus legislation should provide a wealth of information for consumers and policymakers.

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Public Knowledge Sees Broadband Grant Conditions Helping Consumers

July 1, 2009 Broadband , Mapping , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

"We are pleased that the requirements for the broadband grant program include strong non-discrimination and interconnection conditions so that some lawful Internet content and applications are not favored over others. These conditions will help consumers and create vitality in the services created by the program.

"We are also glad to see strong disclosure requirements for practices or methods carriers might employ to allocate capacity among different applications or providers.

"We have some reservations about the ability of carriers to offer so-called 'managed services.' The point of the stimulus program is to ensure widespread access to the broadband Internet.

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Preempt State Broadband Reporting Requirements? Under What Authority?

April 28, 2010 Broadband , FCC , Mapping , Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination

Sometime back, I coined the term “Cassandrafreude.”  A compound of “Cassandra” and “schadenfreude,” it means “the bitter pleasure derived from seeing someone else suffer in the way you predicted even though you are getting screwed yourself.” 

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Merry Christmas, Connected Nation

December 23, 2009 Broadband , Mapping

After a couple of years of writing about Connected Nation, there's not much more to say. They do the bidding of the telephone and cable companies, presenting broadband deployment as those companies wish it to be presented. They hide behind non-disclosure agreements. They have so many caveats to their maps that the products are not useful for serious planning.

And our government just gave them $10 million, give or take. In announcing a batch of broadband mapping grants on Dec. 22, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) turned the shape of the broadband world over to the parties most interested in shaping the outcome.

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Connected Nation in Colorado: Rocky Path Ahead for Broadband Mapping

December 14, 2009 Broadband , Mapping

Even before the state of Colorado released on Dec. 1 the results of a broadband mapping project conducted by a Connected Nation subsidiary, officials were preparing for a second round of mapping. The problem, according to the state Request for Proposals issued in early November, is that the first mapping product done by Connect Colorado “did not satisfy the requirements” of the federal broadband mapping program.

The first mapping project cost $300,000. The telecom industry contributed $60,000 of that total and the state paid for the rest.

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Connected Nation Buys Off Florida Challenger

October 8, 2009 Broadband , Mapping

Connected Nation, the big-telecom and cable front group, has won a lucrative broadband mapping contract in Florida by buying off the company that protested CN getting the contract.

When we last left Connected Nation near the end of August, the big-telecom and cable front group had won a big contract for the state of Florida, despite submitting the high bid while beating a bid half as expensive from a company based in Florida which did considerable business with the state.

That decision, issued in August by the Florida Dept. of Management Services (DMS), was challenged by The Sanborn Map Company, a Colorado Springs-based company that had its bid thrown out as non-responsive to the Request for Proposal before, and so was not scored by the state for a possible award as one of the final six bids considered. Sanborn, in its letter filed in August, gave five reasons why its proposal should have been considered.

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Kentucky Cable Companies Oppose Connected Nation

August 24, 2009 Broadband , Mapping

Connected Nation is coming under increased pressure at its birthplace in Kentucky, with the cable industry and municipal utilities raising opposition to the telecom-based organization and Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear (D) asking Connect Kentucky (CK) to respond to the municipal organization’s concerns about CK.

In a remarkable vote on Aug. 19, the Kentucky Cable Telecommunications Association (KCTA) board voted 8-2 not to endorse CK as the state-designated entity to map the state’s broadband assets, despite what sources said were three attempts by Connect Kentucky to gain the group’s endorsement.

Rene True, Connect Kentucky’s executive director, asked for the cable group’s endorsement, drafting a letter for the group’s signature that would be sent to Greg Haskamp, the state official in charge of broadband policy in the Finance and Administration cabinet.

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So How’s The ARRA Doing At 6 Months?

August 14, 2009 Broadband , Mapping , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Wireless

As we approach the 6-month mark on the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), it seems like a good time to check in on the (from my perspective) relevant pieces of the Act. Specifically, the National Broadband Plan, the National Broadband Map, and Broadband stimulus package.

With the exception of the mapping, where I am less than thrilled so far but still hoping to see improvement, I give these things fairly high marks.

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