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Broadband effort critical in Columbia County

Kathryn Witherington, economic development coordinator for the Port of Columbia, published an op-ed emphasizing the importance of using public resources "to build a dark fiber line that any private internet service provider can lease to provide faster, more reliable internet to re...

Gov. Lamont wants CT to be a leader in 5G mobile networks, but his aspirations face significant hurdles

In his inaugural State of the State address, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he wants Connecticut's cities to be the first in New England with access to fifth-generation, mobile networks. In his remarks, Gov. Lamont said, "The telecommunication companies are ready to start buildi...

If 5G is so important, why isn’t it secure?

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published an op-ed stating, "We cannot allow the hype about 5G to overshadow the absolute necessity that it be secure." Wheeler said the our wireless networks are not as secure as they could be since cyberattacks were "not a front-and-center concern...

County officials meet with consultant, set to start broadband plan

The Franklin County Broadband Authority kicked off its first 2019 meeting Jan. 15 with a presentation of broadband strategies from Andrew Cohill of Design Nine, Inc – a Blacksburg-based broadband consulting firm selected last year to work with county officials. "Ultimately, ...

Seoul and SK Telecom to use 5G to prevent jaywalking

Seoul and SK Telecom plan to develop "cooperative-intelligent transport systems" that will utilize 5G and car telecommunication to increase safety, the two companies announced. They will install 5G and sensors at major roads in South Korea's capital. They will also supply 5G Vehic...

Broadband expert says USDA shutdown is hurting rural internet expansion

Through its Rural Utilities Service program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides rural development grants to municipalities and local governments applying to expand or construct broadband infrastructure, and the agency invested $228 million last year across 22 states. But ...

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