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Correcting a Fatal Flaw in the ReConnect Program: A Proposal for a Safe Harbor Procedure

By Jonathan Chambers | March 28, 2019

For the most part, the ReConnect program rules are well constructed and put an emphasis on the right metrics: those areas of the country most expensive to serve and least…

When Nothing is Better than Something: Your rural community may be blocked from receiving better internet service because of the availability of satellite. And what you can do about it.

By Jonathan Chambers | January 25, 2019

The Connect America Fund II auction was largely a success. For less than half the money per location previously spent on 4/1 Mbps and 10/1 Mbps services, rural electric cooperatives…

Congratulations, Mississippi Electric Coops! Now, let’s build some rural broadband networks.

By Jonathan Chambers | January 24, 2019

At a Broadband Communities conference a while ago, the theme was: There is not just one “right way.” I disagree, at least when it comes to electric coops. There is…

Dear RUS: How to Prove a Negative (Part 2)

By Jonathan Chambers | August 27, 2018

In addition to the criteria described in Part 1, I propose one more criterion concerning the validity of the National Broadband Maps: evidence of consumer decisions. If, by surveys or…

Dear Rural Utilities Service: How to Prove a Negative, or Why the National Broadband Maps stink and what to do about it (Part 1)

By Jonathan Chambers | August 23, 2018

The Rural Utilities Service is seeking comment on several aspects of its new rural broadband pilot program. The most significant of the questions relates to where public funds may be…

Overbuilding, aka Competition, is the American Way

By Jonathan Chambers | May 7, 2018

When I was a college and graduate student, I studied the Soviet Union – its history, military, culture, and economic system. I studied Russian language at language immersion programs here…

Five Buckets of Federal Funding for Rural Broadband – A Primer

By Jonathan Chambers | April 7, 2018

Over the past decade, federal programs that support broadband have adopted various approaches in determining who gets funding where: grant applications, auctions, portable consumer subsidies, and legacy subsidies for incumbent…

New York Does Rural Broadband Right

By Jonathan Chambers | February 1, 2018

Something extraordinary happened yesterday in the world of rural broadband. The state of New York announced the winning bidders in Phase 3 of its rural broadband auction, and the largest…

FCC to rural America: Drop Dead, part 2.

By Jonathan Chambers | January 2, 2018

The FCC declares that 432,302 rural homes and small businesses now have broadband service. Rural broadband problem solved. At the end of the year, the FCC released data that it…

The Risk of Fraudulent Bidding in the FCC Connect America Fund Auction

By Jonathan Chambers | August 24, 2017

When I was hired at the FCC in 2012, I was asked to work on reforms of various FCC spending programs. The FCC administers over $11 billion in annual spending…