California, three other states get broadband mapping grants

The California Public Utilities Commission has received $2.3 million in grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to map broadband use in the state. Other grant recipients are North Carolina’s Rural Economic Development Center which received $2 million; the Indiana Office of Technology ($1.3 million) and the the Vermont Center for Geographic Information […]

Private-public wireless networks: if we secure it, they will come

There is a recurring network model that is coming out of the US broadband stimulus grant requests and recent FCC workshops.  States across the nation have been trying to present sustainable models to support broadband service in rural areas while recent FCC workshops have been trying to tackle the issue of the US now being […]

Local, wireless intelligent networks: Can we live without them?

If we want broadband access everywhere, safer highways and smart grid energy management, the solution is a local, wireless “intelligent” Internet.  When I say “intelligent”, I mean the intelligence is at the edges (on the user side), not at the center (command and control at the provider’s side). In many municipal wireless network deployments today […]

Should the BTOP stimulus grant deadline be extended?

The recently published MuniWireless How to Get a Grant Guide is providing public and private organizations a good overview of the broadband stimulus grant application process. Because we were included in the guide’s list of consultants, our organization has been getting calls from many interested parties trying to find ways to capitalize on the BTOP […]

Santa Clara public utility RFP for metering infrastructure

Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the utility owned by the city of Santa Clara, California, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to create an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), including a Meter Data Management System (MDMS) and a broadband Utility Communication Infrastructure (UCI). These will form the foundation of the Meter Connect Program. The city will […]