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LA legislator wants to scrap the CPUC and start over again 5 February 2016 -

When you’re in the broadband business, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the bulk of the work done by state utility regulators, particularly the California Public Utilities Commission, has nothing to do with telecommunications. And from the most basic, life and death perspective, broadband is nowhere near the top of the priority list.

That privileged position belongs to the natural gas industry, because a mistake can literally destroy a town, due to ... continue reading »

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  • Big buck proposal for California broadband aims for wide appeal

    Big buck proposal for California broadband aims for wide appeal

    More money to build broadband infrastructure in California is back on the table, along with even more money for other broadband-related initiatives. Assembly bill 1758 was introduced at the state capitol by assemblyman Mark Stone (D – Santa Cruz) this week. It’s a new and improved and greatly enlarged version …Read More
  • Technology neutral does not mean price and service oblivious

    Technology neutral does not mean price and service oblivious

    It was either pay the rent or the Verizon bill, but at least I’m getting good reception. The Federal Communications Commission got it right last week, and the California Public Utilities Commission got it wrong. On the one hand, the FCC formally decided that “fixed and mobile broadband services are …Read More
  • Mobile broadband can’t take the place of wireline, FCC says

    Mobile broadband can’t take the place of wireline, FCC says

    Probably not doing his homework. Mobile broadband service is not a substitute for in-home wireline service. That’s the headline conclusion from the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Progress Report. The report, approved on a semi-bipartisan 4 to 1 vote last week (republican Michael O’Rielly dissented), draws a hard distinction between …Read More

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