1) Some really good news from Americans for Responsible Technology. As other announcements indicate, it appears that now that it is confirmed that 5G cannot provide the service that is needed over the long term, the industry is looking to fiber. National Telecommunications and Information Administration is asking for applications for funding: “With respect to the deployment of last-mile broadband infrastructure, the Program prioritizes projects designed to provide fiber connectivity directly to the end user.”
NTIA Demands Fiberoptic Broadband End-to-End
“…even the U. S. government recognizes that fixed wireless broadband is old, slow, unreliable, and expensive technology that is not the solution to the digital divide or our rural broadband access problem! Read the official announcement here.” [https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/BEAD%20NOFO.pdf (The description of fiber connectivity is on page 7/98.)]
2) Very clever and efficient method of providing fiber optic cable without having to dig new trenches for new conduits. Fingers are crossed that this works because it would save money and provide service much more quickly.
Water pipes in Yorkshire to deliver high-speed broadband in new trial
“Fast broadband will run through water pipes in parts of South Yorkshire as part of plans to get better internet access to people quicker….
New proposals to accelerate the rollout of broadband without digging up roads would see fibre-optic cables deployed through 17 kilometres of live drinking water mains between Barnsley and Penistone in the government technology trial.”
3) A recent newsletter from Arthur Firstenberg.
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UPDATE ON SATELLITES, BIRDS AND BONES
“The irradiation of Heaven and Earth continues to accelerate, as SpaceX marches ever more quickly toward a constellation of 42,000 satellites. It launched 53 satellites on May 13; 53 more on May 14; and 53 more on May 18. And it has reached agreement with UK-based OneWeb, which plans its own fleet of 7,088 satellites, on how to share the skies. OneWeb will sell its services to telecommunications providers, governments, airlines, and ships, while SpaceX will sell to individuals.”
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.” David Suzuki