NTIA Requests Comment From IPv6 Adopters

NTIA Ipv6The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has issued a Request for Comment to help inform their efforts to drive the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) transition.  By 2020, an anticipated 200 billion devices around the world will be connected to the Internet.  This demand for IP addresses will drastically exceed the IP version 4 (IPv4) capacity.  The NTIA intends to help drive the pace of IPv6 adoption by promoting best practices and offering incentives to transition. Continue reading

FCC Publishes A-CAM Challenge Order

FCC A-CAM Challenge OrderThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) Challenge Order.  After several cost model revisions and data refinements, the Wireline Competition Bureau began the recent challenge process on April 17, 2016.  In this proceeding, the Bureau received 146 comments with 273 requests to modify A-CAM coverage data.  The Bureau granted 80 requests, denied 73 requests, and declined to act on 124 requests.

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New Research Suggests Changing Digital Divide

pew 2The Pew Research Center has published a new report indicating progress towards reducing the digital divide between Latino and white populations.  Since 2009, the number of Latino adults who report using the Internet has risen from 64% to 84%.  The Internet usage rate also grew 9% for white adults from 80% to 89%.  This results in a 5 percentage point gap between Latinos and whites using data from 2015, improving significantly upon the 16% difference between the two ethnic groups in 2009. Continue reading

July 2016 Map of the Month: Broadband Metrics from Address Points

AddressPointbyDownloadSpeedThe July 2016 Map of the Month mashes Utah’s map layer of addressed property locations with the highest advertised speeds for residential class broadband service statewide. The results show, in map and graph format, another way to measure the level of basic service available to Utah residents, visitors, and small business. Continue reading

New Report Explores Public-Private Partnerships for Broadband

public-private partnerships The Institute for Self-Reliance has published a strategic guide and case study analysis on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Broadband.  Written by Patrick Lucey and Christopher Mitchell, the report considers the role PPPs can play in communities with broadband infrastructure needs.  While building a municipally owned network has been successful for some communities, a PPP is often more feasible for others. Partnerships not only serve the underserved, but can also encourage larger national providers into an area. Continue reading

2016 Global Information Technology Report Describes 4th Industrial Revolution

Global Information Technology ReportThe 16th Annual Global Information Technology Report (GITR) was recently published by the World Economic Forum, INSEAD, and Cornell University.  The 2016 report, with the theme “Innovating in the Digital Economy,” heralds the coming of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and calls Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) the backbone of the revolution.   Continue reading

FCC Approves 5G Spectrum Order In Coordination with White House Campaign

FCCThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to pass the Spectrum Frontiers Order at its most recent open commission meeting on July 14.  Spectrum Frontiers will allocate spectrum for 5G wireless and fixed broadband networks.  On July 15, the White House announced a corresponding 5G wireless research effort to spark testing and research. Continue reading

NTIA Seeks Comment on Community Connectivity Self-Assessment Tool

ntia community connectivityThe National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is asking for comment on its Proposed Framework for the Community Connectivity Self-Assessment Tool.  Details about the Self-Assessment Tool were published to the Federal Register on June 28, 2016.  The tool covers four main categories: 1) Broadband Access and Assets; 2) Digital Inclusion and Skills; 3) Policy and Funding; and 4) Community Priorities.  Continue reading