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Accelerate the RDOF: How to Spend Billions for Long-Term Critical Broadband Infrastructure, Create Jobs and Stimulate the Rural Economy NOW

By Jonathan Chambers | March 18, 2020

At a time of uncertainty, one thing is certain. The world is interconnected in many ways, and the future of information, education, work, health care, shopping, social connection and entertainment…

SpaceX is Aptly Named (Space Pig-in-a-Poke was apparently already taken)

By Jonathan Chambers | March 5, 2020

Earlier this week, the FCC released a Public Notice that proposed the most significant change to date to Chairman Pai’s signature broadband policy, the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). A…

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: Conexon’s Comments filed with the FCC

By Jonathan Chambers | September 23, 2019

Summary A decade ago, the FCC set a course to put rural America at a long-term disadvantage to the rest of the country. At a time when the FCC projected…

A Lost Decade: Ten years ago, the federal government began to implement a broadband policy that put rural America at a structural economic disadvantage to the rest of the country. We can do better.

By Jonathan Chambers | September 11, 2019

It’s been over a decade since passage of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), which in part allocated many millions of dollars to the FCC to write a national…

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: A Proposal to Include Local Community Support in the RDOF Auction

By Jonathan Chambers | July 22, 2019

Chairman Pai’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is the most significant rural infrastructure initiative of our time. At over $20 billion, there is sufficient funding in the RDOF to support…

Correcting a Fatal Flaw in the ReConnect Program: A Proposal for a Safe Harbor Procedure

By Jonathan Chambers | March 28, 2019

For the most part, the ReConnect program rules are well constructed and put an emphasis on the right metrics: those areas of the country most expensive to serve and least…

When Nothing is Better than Something: Your rural community may be blocked from receiving better internet service because of the availability of satellite. And what you can do about it.

By Jonathan Chambers | January 25, 2019

The Connect America Fund II auction was largely a success. For less than half the money per location previously spent on 4/1 Mbps and 10/1 Mbps services, rural electric cooperatives…

Congratulations, Mississippi Electric Coops! Now, let’s build some rural broadband networks.

By Jonathan Chambers | January 24, 2019

At a Broadband Communities conference a while ago, the theme was: There is not just one “right way.” I disagree, at least when it comes to electric coops. There is…

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

By Jonathan Chambers | August 27, 2018

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…

Dear Rural Utilities Service: How to Prove a Negative, or Why the National Broadband Maps stink and what to do about it (Part 1)

By Jonathan Chambers | August 23, 2018

The Rural Utilities Service is seeking comment on several aspects of its new rural broadband pilot program. The most significant of the questions relates to where public funds may be…