All posts by: Jonathan Chambers

About Jonathan Chambers
Jonathan has worked for over thirty years at start-up telecommunications companies and in the U.S. Government. Prior to joining Conexon, Jonathan served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission. Jonathan was part of the senior leadership at the FCC that reformed $12 billion in annual federal spending, including the rural and high cost fund, e-rate, telecommunications relay services and the lifeline programs. For the majority of his career, Jonathan has worked with companies building broadband networks. Jonathan left the FCC to help electric cooperatives bring fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband to rural areas throughout the country.
February 21, 2017

The New Trumpfone Program

If you liked the $9.25 per month Obamaphone program, you’ll love the $100,000 per subscriber Trumpfone program. First, the arithmetic of it. The FCC is preparing to spend over $100K per subscriber on broadband subsidies for certain technologies. The proposed Connect America Fund (CAF) auction caps the amount a provider can receive per location at […]

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November 9, 2016

FCC to Rural America: Drop Dead

The FCC is Wrong. It’s your turn, Mr. Trump, to support rural America as it supported you. When I worked at the FCC from 2012-2016, I proposed various ways to provide the same level of internet access service to rural America as is enjoyed by urban and suburban America. I am a lifelong Republican, which was […]

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September 6, 2016

Waiting for Harry Potter

A couple of years ago, the fiber line that runs past our house was accidentally cut, leaving the sheared cable lying across our driveway. Verizon was terrific at responding and repairing the line, and while I waited, I took my boys out on a type of Internet search. The search for the physical Internet. First, […]

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August 2, 2016

Four Tenets of Rural Broadband

Residential broadband is not merely a speed. Broadband is the capability to provide internet access service with the speed, capacity and latency necessary for whatever number of devices is normally in use at a home at any given time. Only two technologies meet that definition of broadband: fiber optic service, and cable service using DOCSIS […]

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July 1, 2016

End Telephone Welfare

________________________________________________________________________________________ Recently, Congress voted on the FCC’s decision to expand Lifeline program to broadband services. By all means, Congress should question whether the FCC is ensuring that essential telecommunications services are affordable, whether free cell phone service is necessary, whether $9.25 per month is sufficient for low-income families to purchase broadband. While it’s at it, […]

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