Wed. May 29th, 2024

California is finalizing a proposal to secure $1.86 billion in federal funds to bring reliable high-speed broadband to every unserved and underserved location in the state. However, the current plan, which focuses primarily on fiber, will not provide universal broadband access. The author argues that the plan should consider new technologies, such as fixed-wireless access, which can deliver broadband wirelessly without extensive labor or trenching. The author asserts that next-generation fixed wireless access has the capacity to provide reliable, fiber-class service at mass-scale. The current plan’s narrow view of fixed wireless technology will lead to excessive costs and leave many Californians without reliable broadband. The author believes that California should leverage every possible solution to achieve internet access for all.

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