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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…

Overbuilding, aka Competition, is the American Way

By Jonathan Chambers | May 7, 2018

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…

Five Buckets of Federal Funding for Rural Broadband – A Primer

By Jonathan Chambers | April 7, 2018

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…

New York Does Rural Broadband Right

By Jonathan Chambers | February 1, 2018

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…

FCC to rural America: Drop Dead, part 2.

By Jonathan Chambers | January 2, 2018

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…

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

By Jonathan Chambers | August 24, 2017

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…

Let Rural Consumers Decide their Broadband Future: Five Steps to Gigabit Service throughout Rural America

By Jonathan Chambers | April 8, 2017

When I worked at the FCC, folks at that agency seemed simultaneously confident and puzzled about certain phenomena. Confident that it was too expensive to build fiber optic networks throughout…

The New FCC Phantom Subscriber Program

By Jonathan Chambers | February 21, 2017

If you liked the $9.25 per month Obamaphone program, you’ll love the FCC’s $100,000 per subscriber program. First, the arithmetic of it. The FCC is preparing to spend over $100K…

The FCC protects legacy networks. Let rural consumers choose their future with portable subsidies.

By Jonathan Chambers | January 10, 2017

  In 1995, at a ceremony at the FCC, I had the privilege of representing the largest of a new wave of wireless providers, the winning bidders in the first…

FCC to Rural America: Drop Dead

By Jonathan Chambers | November 9, 2016

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…