North Carolina anti-muni network bill dies

O joyous day! O rapture! That insidious bill incumbents’ pocket legislator, NC state Senator Hoyle, tried to pass to kill muni broadband networks met its final demise over the weekend. The citizens of North Carolina can breathe a sigh of relief. 34 communities pursuing Google gigabit broadband can dance the Macarena with reckless abandon. Everyone […]

Preliminary Analysis: First Batch of Stimulus Round 2 Awards

RUS, NTIA and the White House held a preliminary conference call last week to talk about the first batch of NOFA Round 2 (broadband stimulus) award winners. No doubt the winners are popping champagne corks and started their 4th of July weekend fireworks early. The rest of the applicants and some of the rest of […]

Handicapping NOFA 2

The good news is that the new NOFA rules are out. The bad news, if you have Attention Deficit Disorder, is that there are two of them and each one seems as long as the first NOFA rules. But at least there are welcome changes. Here’s an overview and a look at who does well […]

Does the Middle Mile hold the key to broadband success?

The first batch of stimulus grant winners was announced right before Christmas, followed by a flurry of news articles, blog posts and Twitter tweets trying to decipher the digital tea leaves to determine a pattern of what types of projects will be funded next. I added my two cents, of course. One “pattern” that bubbled up […]

Philly Wireless – Third Times the Charm

Last week Philadelphia announced it hopes to buy the wireless network from a group of local investors who bought it from EarthLink about a year ago. This on the same day the Feds announced the first batch of stimulus grant winners. As I finish edits to the revision of my 2005 book on broadband strategy […]