Wisconsin gets more than $25 million for broadband projects

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein and USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski Wednesday announced the awarding of more than $5.2 million to the Reedsburg Utilities Commission for broadband infrastructure improvements and service expansion. “The City of Reedsburg has stepped up to ensure that residents in the area have broadband service that is […]

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 […]

Obama announces 66 new broadband stimulus projects, none in California

President Obama announced today the 66 winners of broadband stimulus grants from the Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture. The big loser: California. Not one single project in California got funded. Among the lucky few are: ComNet: $30 million grant to build 700 miles of fiber throughout 28 counties in Western Ohio. Pine Telephone […]

More Wi-Fi in trains, this time in Australia

Wi-Fi on public transport is such a hot topic these days and there isn’t a railway operator in the world that is not deploying or actively looking into installing Wi-Fi on their trains. Now, Railcorp, a state-owned enterprise in Australia that runs the passenger rail service covering Sydney, its suburbs, the Central Coast, Hunter, the […]

Is WiMAX a failure in the UK?

This week saw the closure of Freedom4, one of Britain’s two key WiMAX service providers, and the sale of its licensed spectrum and assets to competitor UK Broadband for a paltry £12.5 million ($18.4 million), making the latter the only remaining license-holding WiMAX ISP in the country. Freedom4, a joint venture between Pipex Communications and […]