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29 May 2019


Don Bessee

Dr. R, That page took a long time to load. LOL



Move to a home with a three-digit address in Nevada City. The internet is just fine.

Michael Anderson

George, your KVMR commentary and post here at RR couldn't be more timely. We are indeed at an "all hands on deck" moment when it comes to rural broadband. I have some detailed responses to what you've written here this evening. I will break up my comments into sections for easiest digestibility.

George Rebane

MichaelA 807pm - Looking forward to joining all our shoulders to this wheel of our county's fortunes.

re JeffP 800pm - here's an example of the response from the idiot quarter regarding our county's BB deficit. Unfortunately, there are more of them out there to continue their work to stifle the county's economic development progress. So far their efforts have been successful.

Scott O

Our nation's founders understood the need to connect the citizens with whatever was available to ensure good communication. Hence, the stated role of govt in establishing a postal system. It was a good example of something 'socialized' that the govt could do. Rates were kept as flat as possible to make sure the far flung areas would enjoy the flow of information nearly as well as the large cities. The post office, unfortunately, was stuck with that same task of snail mail and packages while the world went digital. It's a pity the original idea of providing service to those most remote as well as those close in did not continue into the information age. I was at a small settlement last year in the wilds of Idaho. Warren has a population of possibly 15 year round residents. Hours of rough road or just minutes by aircraft. The US Postal Service flies mail to the Warren Post Office twice a week. It's too bad the post office didn't continue that zeal of service into the modern age to connect such rural areas all over the country with zeros and ones.

Don Bessee

Does anyone think our defense industry will not heavily invest in invigorating our domestic production with expedited waivers? That's our admirations point is it not? -

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Michael Anderson

GR 825pm - Me too. So let's get started. I first met Susan Crawford in January of 2015 when I was the volunteer CIO of Bright Fiber Network, the corporate entity of which Spiral Internet was a DBA. This was in Kansas City and she was the keynote speaker at the Gigabit City Summit.

Here are some links to that event: http://www.gigabitcitysummit.com/news/2015/3/11/video-susan-crawford-keynote / https://www.kcdigitaldrive.org/project/gigabit-city-summit/

Her recent book, Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution, comes after her seminal work on broadband incumbents and telcos, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. She is also co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, another seminal work that helps to explain IoT to the lay person. I view all three of her works as required reading to anyone who wants to understand broadband in America in the 21st century.

I'd like to just start from the beginning of your post and work our way down.

You wrote: "In fact, there are many of us who adamantly oppose the availability of broadband in these foothills for the simple reason that they are opposed to everything that promotes growth in our county, be it in housing, new or expanding businesses, or anything that invites more working families to locate here." I will agree with you that there is a contingent of no-growthers still in Nevada County but they are today in the distinct minority. Even reasonable partisans of the far left now recognize that we have a both a housing crisis and that the local economy is not sustainable with just a service and tourism industry. Both the arts and tech are now seeing a renewed focus, largely via a resurgent ERC, and I encourage you to attend the next meeting at 7:30 AM on June 6th at the Tech Hub, 104 New Mohawk Rd., so you can see for yourself how much things have changed.

You wrote: "We have slowly acknowledged the futility of manufacturing anything here that must then be sold elsewhere." Actually, you would be surprised at how much niche manufacturing is still happening here in Nevada County, and growing. That is one of the main focuses of the NC Tech Connection. In fact, there is an event tomorrow morning to discuss this very subject: https://nctechconnection.org/event/made-in-nevada-county-manufacturing-connection-meetup/

Be there or be square! (-;

More later...


" I first met Susan Crawford in January of 2015 when I was the volunteer CIO of Bright Fiber Network, the corporate entity of which Spiral Internet was a DBA. This was in Kansas City and she was the keynote speaker at the Gigabit City Summit."

Crackerjack piece of work, that. Well done!


For the past year, I have been writing about, compiling articles and whitepapers on rural broadband issues on my Rural Economy Technology blog. I also look at some of the economic issues associated with rural broadband and the future of LEO Satellite Internet.


If you would like to discuss an issue, please leave a comment on my RET Blog. Thanks!


Congratulations George on getting this KVMR Editorial posted as an Other Voices in the Union. I hope it garners more attention than it has here on RR.



There are 800 communities that "got it done" Why, because they had dedicated leaders who understood the consequences of failure.

Communities invest in telecommunications networks for a variety of reasons - economic development, improving access to education and health care, price stabilization, etc. They range from massive networks offering a gig to hundreds of thousands in Tennessee to small towns connecting a few local businesses.

This map tracks a variety of ways in which local governments have invested in wired telecommunications networks as well as state laws that discourage such approaches.

Our map includes more than 800 communities, of which 500 are served by some form of municipal network and more than 300 are served by a cooperative (updated January, 2019):

See the map of those communities here -- https://muninetworks.org/communitymap

If you start with the attitude it cannot be done, it will not get done.


I submitted this letter to the Union Editor on May 26th and received acknowledgment on May 30th. I am still waiting for publication.

Supervisors Deny 70 Household Critical Infrastructure

By Russ Steele

Nevada County supervisors oppose new cell tower read the headline!

"Nevada County Supervisor Ed Scofield said he usually supports new cell towers. However, he wasn't going to approve one at 13083 Wildlife Lane.

Speaking near the end of a Tuesday hearing for a tower, Scofield said the proposed 110-foot AT&T tower would bring broadband access to only some 70 homes."

In today's digital world Broadband access has become critical infrastructure, just like water, power and waste management according to the Brookings Institute, California Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Communication Commission and other future assessing organizations.

Would the Supervisors deny 70 households access to water, power, or waste management? No! So why do they deny 70 homes access to more economic opportunity, better education, and healthcare that is available on this critical infrastructure called broadband?

I have invested 1,000 of hours promoting broadband in Nevada County, mapping broadband deficiencies, working with Congress and the FCC to promote federal investment in rural broadband. Now that it has arrived Supervisor Schofield says, "We do not need that" Really, how clueless to the needs of modern digital society can a Supervisor be?

This kind of leadership is destroying the economic potential of a beautiful County. It would help if you had a more knowledgeable representative.

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