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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/22/2019 02:16 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/22/2019 02:16 PM
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RCRC Rural Broadband Update

Washington, DC...Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a draft version of the 2019 Broadband Deployment Report.  The annual report provides a detailed analysis on the state of the digital divide between rural and urban America.  According to the draft report, the digital divide between rural and urban Americans has narrowed substantially.

The report shows that, since the 2018 edition, the number of users lacking access to the minimum standard for high-speed internet has dropped by 25 percent.  Approximately 5.6 million rural Americans obtained a high-speed broadband connection in 2018, which the report attributes to regulatory changes from the FCC that incentivize more investment in broadband deployment projects.

The figures used by the FCC rely on a 25/3 Mbps standard for minimum internet speeds.  Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel argues this standard for minimum broadband should be raised, and that Chairman Pai’s draft report is not an accurate depiction of the state of broadband deployment.  The report will be controversial among members of Congress from rural areas where broadband deployment is a major issue.  The FCC’s rural coverage data is often a major target for rural broadband advocates who argue the Commission’s data overestimates high-speed internet access in rural areas.

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Re: hill people
Posted on: 2019-02-22 14:38:41   By: Anonymous
Well that's all good for us hill people and we can catch up on things with messages and bills etc. much quicker.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-02-22 16:03:27   By: Anonymous
I remember John posting the County news of a few towers going in. It is a good thing and Thank you to the property owners for having them put in. Property owners also make a $$ amount for having them on their land. Though they still are not very pretty. I remember the County not allowing the flag pole one....why?...the pine trees do not look real and stand out as false? There is a style that looks like an old fashioned windmill, it would look good on most hills and mountains here.

Thanks John for keeping up on that news.

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Mr. Ajit Pai
Posted on: 2019-02-23 03:25:44   By: Anonymous
When reading anything that Mr. Ajit Pai has to say please remember that he's a former Verizon lawyer who serves the interests of the telecommunication industry, not the public.

Before you shout partisan garbage, remember that he was appointed by Obama and promoted by Trump and is there to serve the telecommunication, broadcast, and cable industry lobbyists. He is most noted for ignoring the overwhelming desires of the public, particularly in the "net neutrality" matter.

Like with any politician, ignore what he says and pay attention to what he does; they are two very different things.

If you think he's going to do anything to improve rural internet, you'd better start sending him large enough checks to offset the lobbyist's efforts. No major provider wants any part of rural business and as long as Ajit Pai is in their pocket they'll get their way.

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