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The movement to deploy high-speed broadband and develop smart city strategies is spreading across the country. As technology progresses, so do the necessities of everyday life, creating a new reality that fiber optic infrastructure is the new utility and something every home must have. Telemedicine, telecommuting, streaming video content, educational research, security surveillance systems, and the overall Internet of Things are all leading us to the ultimate goal of faster connectivity and better communications.

RFP Seeks Providers to Build 1 GB Broadband Network to Every Home, Business in Riverside County, Calif.

RFP Seeks Providers to Build 1 GB Broadband Network to Every Home, Business in Riverside County, Calif.

The California county of Riverside, which is nearly the size of New Jersey and home to more people than 15 other states, sees a countywide gigabit fiber-optic network as the best way to support residents at varying economic levels and ensure its own future — and it’s acting on that ambition.

Author: Tom Mullen
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Riverside County Launches Request for Participants to Build Countywide Fiber-Optic Network

Riverside County Launches Request for Participants to Build Countywide Fiber-Optic Network

Riverside County put out a call today (4/3) for private-sector partners interested in developing the nation’s largest broadband network, a project that would stimulate economic growth, improve health-care capabilities, expand educational opportunities and make high-speed networks available to all residents and businesses countywide.

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New telemedicine initiative gives rural Nevadans access to specialty care

 Visiting the doctor just got faster, easier and more useful in parts of rural Nevada.

That’s because of the Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative, announced Monday at Desert View Regional Medical Center in Nye County.

The $19.6 million federally funded initiative aims to increase access to specialty care, including psychiatric services, to residents in rural areas of the state. That is a big step forward from other online telemedicine tools, which are best suited for diagnosing coldlike symptoms.

Author: Tom Mullen
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The U.S. Isn’t Ready for 5G Technology

The economic stakes for 5G may be significantly higher than for 4G, led by large-scale job creation and incubation of new devices, applications, and business models that could dramatically stimulate the U.S. economy.

However, the U.S. is not as well-prepared to capitalize on this opportunity. The U.S does not currently have sufficient fiber to densify the network with thousands of new small cells and hot spots, increase network capacity, and accommodate the projected four-fold growth in data traffic through 2021.

Author: Tom Mullen
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$4 billion gigabit-for-all project in California makes its case with data

As Riverside County, California, collects proposals from broadband companies, it uses data-rich storytelling to show that its ambitions are rooted in reality.

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Riverside County Lays Out Case for Countywide Affordable Broadband Project

Using data and data visualizations from the county’s open data portal and U.S. Census data, the “RIVCO-connect - Business Community” page makes a case that stronger internet could help small to mid-sized businesses in the county grow, and they currently employ half the county’s working population. Making more jobs available in-county strengthens community by keeping people near their families, relieves traffic on congested freeways, and engages home-bound community members who can provide services to global employers.

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Frontier to connect up to 100K homes to fiber through 2018

Frontier is taking a bullish stance on rolling out FTTH with plans to roll out service to 50,000 to 100,000 over the next two years. The service provider's network expansion is just one of several moves it has planned following a series of subscriber declines in recent quarters.

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2017 U.S. Market Report by Ookla

Fixed broadband in the United States is fast and getting faster. This can be credited to cable providers making all the necessary investments and infrastructure upgrades to roll out DOCSIS 3.1 and to the increased affordability of higher tiered packages. As a result, more users are likely subscribing or being upgraded to packages with faster speeds.

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AT&T’s slow 1.5Mbps Internet in poor neighborhoods sparks complaint to FCC

AT&T is facing a complaint alleging that it discriminates against poor people by providing fast service in wealthier communities and speeds as low as 1.5Mbps in low-income neighborhoods.

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Queen Anne’s County signs contract for broadband fiber

“For $8.7 million, FTS is proposing to construct 160 miles of fiber throughout Queen Anne’s County as well as provide the county government with a dedicated lit fiber network to 82 sites,” she said. “This project is estimated to actually cost $30 million, but is being financed by investors. In order for FTS investors to be willing to put their money up they require that the county sign on to use their fiber which shows investors there is an ongoing revenue stream. A breakdown for that $8.7 million is $6.5 million for construction and $2.2 million over 10 years for lit fiber service and maintenance to county facilities.”

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