NTIA reopens BTOP application window for public safety broadband systems

The NTIA announced that it will provide an opportunity for certain state and local governments to apply for broadband stimulus funding to support public safety projects. The potential applicants are the state and local governmental entities that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently permitted to deploy public safety broadband systems using the 700 MHz public […]

Texas-New Mexico Power dumps T1 lines, deploys microwave backhaul

Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP), a community-based electrical power generation and distribution company serving more than 216,000 subscribers in Texas and 490,000 subscribers in New Mexico, is dumping its T1 lines and replacing them with microwave backhaul systems from Exalt Communications. TNMP hired Houston-based telecommunications and IT engineering firm Lockard & White to assist in design, […]

Indiana Dept of Transportation uses WiMAX for traffic management

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has deployed a wireless network for a statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). This wireless network uses over 600 radios from Proxim, and connects traffic and video components over hundreds of square miles throughout the Northwest Indiana and Indianapolis areas, enabling the following traffic-related applications: Traffic Management – Residents of […]

Wireless Mesh Network in Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

Camp Pendleton, a large Marine Corps base in Southern California, has deployed a wireless mesh network for the base’s Energy Management Control Systems (EMCS) and Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI). The network is also used for monitoring wireless security cameras around water reservoirs. This is the first pilot smart multi-grid network for the Base Facilities Department […]

BIP, BTOP broadband infrastructure grant deadlines extended

NTIA and RUS will grant a limited extension of time to file infrastructure applications in the second funding round. Specifically, applicants for BTOP Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects will have until March 26th to file their applications to NTIA. Applicants for BIP infrastructure projects will have until March 29th to file their applications to RUS. Applications […]

Round 1 broadband stimulus grant rejected? Contact us for Round 2 application

If your BTOP or BIP broadband stimulus grant application was rejected in Round 1, contact us now for help in getting your Round 2 application done. I’ve been getting a number of calls and emails from people who are in a panic, and I have helped them get up to speed with their Round 2 […]

Wilmington, NC uses white spaces for smart city, eco-friendly wireless applications


Wilmington, North Carolina and the county of New Hanover (NC) are using the frequencies from the vacated TV white spaces for a variety of wireless applications that save money and protect the environment. The partners in this “smart city” wireless network project are TV Band Service LLC, and Spectrum Bridge (a company that wireless networks […]

Fighting the Next Good Fight: Bringing true broadband to your community

Craig Settles has just published a new book entitled “Fighting the Next Good Fight: Bringing true broadband to your community” for cities that are planning to deploy broadband networks. The book lays out the options for cities and identifies the mistakes they have made in the past. The goal of the book is to assist […]

Belgian cafe stalks Bruges visitors via Twitter

Now here’s a very interesting use of Twitter if you are a cafe and want to get new visitors. Jaunted reports that they were Twitter-stalked by a Belgian cafe in Bruges. When Jaunted announced via Twitter that they were in Bruges, the cafe sent out a message: “enjoy Bruges – why not stop at our […]

Anoka County, Minnesota issues RFP seeking partner for NTIA broadband funding

Anoka County, Minnesota (430 square miles; pop: 320,000) has just posted an RFP seeking a partner to help it get a grant from the NTIA for broadband in the county. The deadline for responses is 14 December 2009 at 16:00. I have posted the main RFP document on Scribd. If you are serious about responding […]