City in Washington Uses Water Pipes to Deploy Fiber Network

In our last blog entry, we discussed a piece of proposed legislation that would encourage states to deploy fiber optic cables in conjunction with highway construction products. Now we’ve caught wind of another creative new avenue for fiber optic deployment—municipal water pipes. In the remote coastal city of Anacortes, Washington, the city council recently approved… Read more »

“Dig Once” Policy Could Spur Widespread Fiber Deployment

Earlier this week, an important issue regarding Internet speeds and infrastructure resurfaced in Congress with the introduction of the Broadband Conduit Act of 2017. Better-known as the “Dig Once” bill, the act aims to encourage right-of-way access for broadband expansions on just about any federal highway, road or sidewalk. The proposal would make widespread fiber… Read more »

House Dems Introduce Five Bills to Improve Rural Broadband

Under the guidance of its newly-appointed Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC has pledged to accelerate broadband deployment and close the digital divide in rural America. Now, House Democrats have unveiled five bills that are designed to achieve these same goals, demonstrating that improved broadband access might be an issue both parties can get behind. “Broadband… Read more »

Verizon Introduces Pre-Paid Fios Plans

If you’ve been interested in Verizon’s fiber-powered Fios service but have been hesitant to sign up for a recurring subscription, you may be in luck. This week, the company announced that it will begin offering pay-as-you-go packages that include Fios TV, Internet and phone service. Rather than putting down a deposit and signing up for… Read more »

Google Improves Its Balloon-Based Internet Tech

Google and its parent company Alphabet are well-known for their innovative “moonshot” projects, and in 2013 the company launched one such project that was ambitious even by Google standards. It’s called Project Loon, and it uses high-altitude balloons to bring Internet access to remote, unserved regions of the globe. The balloons are deployed into the… Read more »

Researchers Develop Terahertz Band Wireless Transmitter

Wireless network speeds have improved significantly in recent years, but they’re still far slower than wired fiber optic connections. 4G mobile networks and satellite Internet connections are fine for most individuals, but they don’t have the bandwidth or bitrate to make them viable solutions for businesses or other large organizations. Thanks to the efforts of… Read more »

Could The Arctic Become a Pillar of Broadband Connectivity?

The Arctic Circle probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of centers of innovation, but it may be poised to play an important role in the future development of a globally-connected Internet. Thanks to its geographic location and cold climate, a number of IT companies have expressed interest in setting… Read more »

FCC Approves $170 Million for New York Broadband Expansion

We’ve talked a lot about the digital divide in this blog, and about the transformative effect that broadband internet access can have on historically underserved communities. The busy streets of Manhattan might be the first thing that comes to mind for many people when they thing about New York, but there’s another side to the… Read more »

California Gas Pipelines Will Get Fiber Optic Monitors

In addition to bringing the Internet to people all over the world, optical signals have a host of other lesser-known uses as well. Recently, the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) announced that it will use optical fibers to help monitor and maintain the subterranean gas lines that carry fuel throughout the state. The first phase… Read more »