Campbell County hears fiber broadband expansion plan, updates on B2X Wireless | Govt. and Politics

Andreas Milano

Taylor walked the board through several potential fiber build-outs, from an $80 million scenario that encompassed the entirety of the county over 1,597 miles, to a $55 million build-out that excluded the most high-density areas — Timberlake, and the towns of Altavista and Brookneal.

One potential scenario involved building only 196 miles of fiber to create the “backbone” connecting all of the county service areas — from Naruna, to Red House Road, to Concord, through the outskirts of Lynchburg, to Wards Road and Lynch Station. This option, with a price tag of about $9.6 million, would pass about 1,500 homes,

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FBI arrests man for plan to kill “70% of Internet” in AWS bomb attack

Andreas Milano

The FBI arrested a Texas man on Thursday for allegedly planning to “kill of about 70% of the internet” in a bomb attack targeting an Amazon Web Services (AWS) data center on Smith Switch Road in Ashburn, Virginia.

Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was charged via criminal complaint on Friday morning for attempting to destroy a building using C-4 plastic explosives he tried to buy from an undercover FBI employee.

The FBI got wind of the suspect’s plans in January when he revealed his plot on the MyMilitia website using a ‘Dionysus’ handle, a forum used by militia members and supporters

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Biden’s infrastructure plan seeks to solve longstanding problem with the internet, but will face familiar opposition

Andreas Milano

President Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan seeks to do for the internet what it also promises to do for the nation’s decaying bridges, roads, ports, airports and transit systems: Ensure safe access to necessary services.

The “digital divide” was accentuated during the coronavirus pandemic, as children unable to connect to online classes — especially in households with brothers or sisters doing the same — were left behind. The American Jobs Plan promises roughly $100 billion over 8 years to bring high-speed broadband to the masses, especially in rural America, which every president since Ronald Reagan has vowed to help … Read More

Is President Biden on the right track with his infrastructure plan?

Andreas Milano

President Joe Biden unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan recently that would aim to fix roads and bridges, update railways, invest in electric vehicles and set aside money for subsidized housing.

It will also do a lot more: Allocating money for home-based care, school construction and expanding high-speed broadband.

Some members of Congress have already criticized it for including too much that might not be considered part of infrastructure. But the president has framed the plan as a “once-in-a-generation investment.”

Q: Is President Biden on the right track with his infrastructure plan?

Bob Rauch, R.A. Rauch & Associates

NO:

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Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan is already getting pushback

Andreas Milano

President Joe Biden says he wants every American to have access to high-speed internet through his $100 billion broadband plan. But industry heavyweights worry his initiatives will leave them out of critical federal funding. 


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President Joe Biden wants to spend $100 billion to connect every American to affordable high-speed internet. It’s a lofty goal that’s hard to dispute, right? Not exactly for lobbying groups representing cable and telecom companies that deliver those services. They’re worried Biden’s hefty spending plan will leave them out of the running for government grants and subsidies that could be used

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