Author: Briana Juliano

Betrayal is a strong word.  But it fits.  According to the FCC 35 million Americans have no access to broadband services of any sort.  Tens of millions more must use DSL or satellite links which the FCC no longer considers broadband.  What if that many...

No. The reasons are many. 5G does promise gigabit speeds without wiring to your device. But it only gets those speeds with hundreds of thousands of new antennas and many new applications to pay for them. Most mobile traffic goes through WiFi networks now, not...

As with many things Shakespearean, this line from Henry VI Part 2 in context very likely means its opposite, that to usurp the law we will have to kill all those who uphold it.  We certainly need lawyers for our project.  Frontier will resist whatever...

Hundreds of communities in America have built their own fiber optic networks, just like hundreds had to build their own electric utility during the early days of wiring our country for power. Chattanooga was the first gigabit network, with first service in 2010. Now Leverett,...

No final costing can be realized before network engineering, which cannot happen before community approval.  But we can make reasonable estimates.  Trunk wiring on poles or underground will cost our 25 communities about $113 million.  As wire with forty or more years of life without...

We are proposing a regional network with fiber-optic last mile links operating at 1 gbps to every home and business in our region.  The network will have a community component—the wires on the poles called trunk wiring—and a private partner component—the drop wiring from the...

The global Internet includes tens of thousands of switches interconnected by fiber optic lines often operating at 100 billion bits per second (gbps).  Fiber will go much faster; copper will never get there.  As speeds increase the “last mile” will inevitably become fiber optic as...

We speak of Digital Packet Networks. They have one job—transfer a packet of binary digital information (bits) from one point on the edge of a network to another point on the edge based on addresses contained in the packet. It is just like the postal...

Broadband 20 years ago meant 200 kbps; today it means 25 mbps; in ten years it may be touching a gigabit per second. Upward pressure will come from 4K and 8K television, the latter needing 90 mbps, plus the Internet of Things clogging local WiFi...

Broadband is an illusive term. Without putting numbers to it, the term simply means high capacity, much more than narrowband. But we must put numbers to it. We accept the FCC definition now, that broadband means 25 mbps download, 3 mbps upload. All uses of...

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