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5G’s deployment’s downside? Dip in small cell spend

AGL Media Group reported that there may be other factors affecting small cell rollout, such as regulatory uncertainty surrounding the FCC small cell order. Crown Castle’s Scott Longhurst was quoted stating “we are in a strange 90-day window. Even though the small cell ...

Georgia Senate OKs rural broadband bill

Georgia senators voted 53-1 for a bill primarily aimed at increasing broadband deployment in rural Georgia and would allow the state’s 41 electric membership corporations (EMCs) to get into the broadband business. In a statement, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said that, “Broad...

What will 5G bring to public safety?

During a session at the recent International Wireless Communications Expo, speakers acknowledged that “5G is only beginning, and it has the potential for paradigm changes — for public safety operations as well as the rest of society.” During the panel, Nick Nilan...

Report: Fiber-based broadband will power 59% of 1.2 billion connections by 2025

The Broadband Forum and Point Topic recently predicted that there will be 1.2 billion broadband subscribers worldwide by 2025, with fiber-based broadband playing an increasingly important role. The report further predicts that 89% of the expected 1.2 billion subscribers in 2025 wi...

PG&E faces pole attachment shot clock, as CPUC arbitrator hands Crown Castle a win

An administrative law judge “gave Crown Castle a victory of sorts in a dispute over terms for attaching fiber optic cable to utility poles that Pacific Gas and Electric owns.” If the California Public Utilities Commission signs off on the finding, it will establish a 4...

Digital divide as City Commission considers utility-managed fiber optics

At a workshop with city commissioners in the city of Tallahassee, FL, commissioners discussed whether the city should get into the high-speed internet business. While several commissioners favored “wanting to issue a request for proposals on a feasibility study and continue ...

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