FCC finds broadband deployment disappointing

In response to a Congressional directive to inquire whether broadband “is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion,” the FCC concluded in its Sixth Broadband Deployment Report that between 14 and 24 million Americans still lack access to broadband, and the immediate prospects for deployment to them are bleak. This report […]

Colorado Dept of Transportation uses microwave backhaul for high-res video surveillance

Case Study of Colorado DOT microwave backhaul system for highway system The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible for a 9,134 mile highway system throughout the state, including 3,406 bridges. Each year, this system of highways handles over 48 billion vehicle miles of travel. CDOT maintenance forces take care of the highway system, plowing […]

All about microwave systems: three publications you should check out

I’ve been writing articles lately about microwave backhaul systems that municipalities and public utilities are installing (Texas-New Mexico Power and Sioux Falls, South Dakota) to save on the cost of telecommunications (they dump their expensive T1 lines) and to increase the amount of bandwidth that city and utility departments desperately need. A number of readers […]

Latest update on the Google Fiber for Communities project

Minnie Ingersoll (Google) has just given a short presentation at the FiberFete in Lafayette, Louisiana today (21 April 2010) about the status of the Google Fiber for Communities project and the criteria for choosing the winner(s) of Google’s contest. As you know, Google issued a Request for Information (RFI) looking for a community to set […]

How Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s new wireless microwave backhaul system works better than fiber

Sioux Falls, South Dakota has just deployed a microwave backhaul system to link together 20 public buildings. The project caught my eye because it challenges one of the assumptions most of us make – that fiber is always more reliable and faster than wireless. Apparently, not in Sioux Falls. Yesterday, I spoke to Kim Hansen, Network […]