Verizon Commits $1.05 Billion to Expand Its Fiber Network

Verizon’s aging network infrastructure is finally catching up to it, and now the Telecom giant is investing more than $1 billion a year in an effort to stay ahead of the curve. This week, Verizon announced that it will sign a 3-year deal with the New York-based scientific manufacturing company Corning. Under the terms of… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Watch Google Employees Dissect an Undersea Fiber Optic Cable

Natalie Hammel and Lorraine Yurshansky are Google employees who host an educational web series called Nat and Lo that highlights the many different aspects of Google’s business. Recently Nat and Lo had the opportunity to visit a factory in New Hampshire where undersea fiber optic cables are manufactured, and they were able to take home… Read more »