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August 27, 2018

Dear RUS: How to Prove a Negative (Part 2)

In addition to the criteria described in Part 1, I propose one more criterion concerning the validity of the National Broadband Maps: evidence of consumer decisions. If, by surveys or outreach, it becomes evident that fewer than 10% of the households subscribe to an ISP’s service, the RUS should count the area as unserved by […]

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July 7, 2018

Andy Burger joins the Conexon team

Conexon is proud to announce a key addition to their rapidly expanding team assisting electric cooperatives with their fiber to the home decisions and deployment. This new role, Vice President of Operations, has been filled by Andy Burger. Andy’s experience with fiber to the home deployment at an electric cooperative is unmatched in the industry. […]

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May 7, 2018

Overbuilding, aka Competition, is the American Way

When I was a college and graduate student, I studied the Soviet Union – its history, military, culture, and economic system. I studied Russian language at language immersion programs here and in the Soviet Union. During the beginning of end of the Cold War, when Gorbachev first became president, I lived in the Soviet Union. […]

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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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