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April 7, 2018

Five Buckets of Federal Funding for Rural Broadband – A Primer

Over the past decade, federal programs that support broadband have adopted various approaches in determining who gets funding where: grant applications, auctions, portable consumer subsidies, and legacy subsidies for incumbent telephone companies. The following is a primer on the five largest sources of federal funds for rural broadband and the mechanisms currently in place. CAF […]

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February 1, 2018

New York Does Rural Broadband Right

Something extraordinary happened yesterday in the world of rural broadband. The state of New York announced the winning bidders in Phase 3 of its rural broadband auction, and the largest winning bidder was – Verizon. The same Verizon that has for years eschewed rural service, sold off its rural networks, let its copper plant degrade, […]

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January 2, 2018

FCC to rural America: Drop Dead, part 2.

The FCC declares that 432,302 rural homes and small businesses now have broadband service. Rural broadband problem solved. At the end of the year, the FCC released data that it knows to be inaccurate, which will damage the lives and livelihoods of millions of our fellow citizens who live and work in rural America. In […]

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August 24, 2017

The Risk of Fraudulent Bidding in the FCC Connect America Fund Auction

When I was hired at the FCC in 2012, I was asked to work on reforms of various FCC spending programs. The FCC administers over $11 billion in annual spending through several programs, the largest of which include support for rural and high cost areas, schools and libraries, rural health care institutions, low-income households, and […]

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March 18, 2017

Conexon further solidifies its leading role as the most experienced fiber to the home consulting group assisting rural electric cooperatives.

Conexon, the most experienced consulting group specializing in electric cooperative fiber optic deployments, has furthered its mission, its focus and its leadership with the addition of two new senior team members. Conexon welcomes Renee Robinson and Darren Farnan to our team of partners and professional subcontractors.  Both Renee and Darren bring years of hands-on FTTH […]

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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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