WildBlue Hell

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’ve been in WildBlue hell since last week, which is why you haven’t heard from me.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to stay online, but for now I’m using our tiny town’s broadband internet system (more about that in a minute.) My WildBlue story is, I think, emblematic  of why […]

One Nation Online

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson photo: beel@l / flickr For an explanation of this image, go to the end of this post. Here’s an opportunity to say what you think about bringing Internet access to all Americans, regardless of where they live.  Free Press, an organization devoted to freedom of the press and unhampered communication — […]

Adelstein Nominated to Head USDA’s Rural Utilities Service

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Jonathan S. Adelstein, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, will be President Obama’s nominee for Administrator of the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), formerly the Rural Electrification Administration. The nomination requires approval by the Senate. Before he came to the FCC in 2002, Adelstein was a Senate staffer for 15 […]

Broadband Update — and more on the NYT article

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson All that’s keeping my tiny (pop. 750) town from hooking folks up to our broadband network is the weather: Until the weekend’s heat wave, we had a 2-3 foot snowpack, daytime temps in the single digits, and high winds on top of the hill (in New England, it’s considered a mountain) […]

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Oh, boy, does this ever frost my buns.  An article by David M. Herszenhorn in the New York Times asks, “Internet Money in Fiscal Plan: Wise or Waste?” Of course the New York newspaper would ask the question. In New York you have your choice of broadband options, not to mention […]

FCC Votes Tuesday on White Spaces

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The most historical vote of our lifetime is not the only one taking place November 4.  Also on that day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote in an open meeting on rules for operation of low power devices in a portion of the broadcast televison spectrum known as “white spaces.” […]