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Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3550-3700 MHz Band

Before the Federal Communications Commission Washington, DC 20554

In the Matter of Petition for Rulemaking to Amend the Commission’s Rules Regarding the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3550-3700 MHz Band

COMMENTS OF CALIFORNIA INTERNET, L.P. DBA GEOLINKS California Internet, L.P. DBA GeoLinks (“GeoLinks” or the “Company”) submits these comments in response to the Public Notice issued June 22, 2017.

I. INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY

GeoLinks is proud to service the largest coverage area of any single fixed wireless Internet service provider (“ISP”) in the state the California. While the Company had previously focused on business and enterprise customers, in 2016, GeoLinks expanded its customer base to include nearly 30 rural school districts and surrounding communities throughout the state that previously had not had access to any high-speed broadband service. As the Company expands, it strives to reach more unserved and underserved areas within California and beyond. GeoLinks provides these comments to urge the Commission to adopt rules with respect to the 3550-3700 MHz Band that allow small and mid-sized ISPs to deliver competitive high-speed broadband services to help close the digital divide.

II. THE COMMISSION SHOULD DEVELOP RULES THAT ALLOW SMALL AND MID-SIZED SERVICE PROVIDERS TO OBTAIN SPECTRUM LICENSES

Millions of Americans lack what is, by today’s standards, considered high-speed broadband access – this is especially true in rural areas. Sparsely populated rural areas are not well suited for traditional, wired broadband service given the cost to build and deliver a cable/ fiber-based network. With the emergence and growing popularity of fixed wireless technology, new opportunities to connect rural communities are becoming available. However, there is a need for public policy that allows for these opportunities to become realities to benefit rural America.

Traditionally, fixed wireless ISPs have operated in unlicensed bands (i.e. 2.4 and 5 GHz). While this has allowed for successful deployment of internet services in some areas, the availability of unlicensed bands is not a one-size-fits-all option. Increased use of the unlicensed bands has created congestion over the bands that causes slower internet speeds and network interference. In order to ensure competition within the residential and rural broadband markets, the Commission must develop policies that provide for regulatory certainty among new technologies and non-traditional ISPs to drive innovation and investment.

GeoLinks urges the Commission to craft a spectrum licensing regime in the 3550-3700 MHz band that ensures that small to mid-size fixed wireless providers have the opportunity to obtain dedicated spectrum resources in order to ensure competition and diversity of services to meet the differing needs of differently situated communities (i.e. rural vs. urban).

A. Geographic Areas Should Be Determined in a Manner that Promotes Competition and Accounts for Regional Broadband Needs

Both T-Mobile and CTIA assert that Partial Economic Areas (“PEAs”) be used when licensing Priority Access Licenses (“PALs”) contending that using census tracts to license PALs would cause unnecessary complication and create the risk of interference.2 GeoLinks does not oppose the use of PEAs in licensing PALs. However, the Company urges the Commission to consider the unique characteristics of rural PEAs vs. more populated PEAs when determining how those areas should be licensed. Specifically, the Commission should consider whether rural areas would benefit more from using smaller geographic areas (such as by census tract or county) vs. PEA if it would ensure more timely broadband access to rural communities. Granting PALs on a smaller geographic basis in certain areas may encourage small to mid-sized companies to apply for specific rural areas where they may be better suited to provide high-speed broadband access or have more specialized, regional expertise over larger, national service providers. Moreover, the Commission should consider the risk of spectrum warehousing in areas where the entire PEA may be bid on but not utilized for broadband deployment or other uses. In these areas, the Commission may consider segmented PALs or spectrum sharing arrangements to ensure that this public resource is being used effectively. Regardless of the geographic area chosen, the Company urges the Commission to consider these factors when developing its rules to ensure the most efficient use of this spectrum band.

B. License Terms Should Be Granted in a Manner That Promotes Competition

GeoLinks agrees that a 10-year term is a reasonable term for licensing within this band. Short license periods create regulatory uncertainty that stifle investment in networks and equipment. This will all but ensure that this spectrum will not be utilized properly. However, longer license periods will drive down the cost of equipment and allow ISPs to invest in the network elements necessary to reach rural communities. Because development of networks over this band will take time to roll out, a longer license period will help ensure ISPs’ ability to realize return on investment and, in turn, re-investment in their networks. In creating these 10-year licensing schemes, however, GeoLinks urges the Commission to ensure that such licenses are allocated in ways that allow for robust competition. Specifically, spectrum resources should not be available to only those companies with large amounts of capital or those who would purchase it as an asset with no intention of utilizing it.

C. PALs Should Be Granted Regardless of the Number of Applicants

GeoLinks agrees with T-Mobile that all PALs should be available at auction, regardless of the number of applications received.3 In 2016 and 2017, GeoLinks was awarded grant funding through Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to connect nearly 30 rural schools in some of the most remote parts of California. The Company worked with CENIC to provide service to these schools in areas where no other provider was willing to provide a high-speed broadband solution. This example is indicative of the fact that some areas may be of little to no interest to most carriers but may present a unique opportunity for one. The PAL licensing process should not be denied to the one interested carrier solely because there is only one. This will surely create gaps in rural, sparsely populated parts of the country that could benefit from an interested service provider. As T-Mobile suggests, if the single applicant is otherwise qualified, it should be granted a PAL.

III. CONCLUSION In conclusion, GeoLinks urges the Commission to adopt rules with respect to spectrum licensing in the 3550-3700 MHz band that allow small and mid-sized ISPs to deliver much-needed high-speed broadband services to rural and underserved areas.

California Internet Expands Nationally Rebranding as GeoLinks

Southern California’s fastest growing B2B ISP California Internet expands nationally relocating company headquarters and changing company name to GeoLinks.

VENTURA, CA (PRWEB) JUNE 13, 2017

California’s fastest-growing B2B ISP, California Internet LP, is excited to officially announce its new brand name, GeoLinks. The company’s rebranding coincides with a variety of notable company milestones including its official launch into the national market, induction as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) public utility and headquarter relocation.

“We’ve reached a pivotal moment in GeoLinks’ history,” shared GeoLinks Chief Revenue Officer Phillip Deneef. “We chose to migrate away from the name California Internet due to overwhelming demand pulling our company outside of state borders. Wanting a name that isn’t geographically correlated, we ultimately decided on GeoLinks—Geo meaning Earth in Latin and Links because we are linking the world with the most advanced connectivity available today.”

With the company’s accelerated growth, GeoLinks officially welcomed its 50th employee in June and expects to employ upwards of 100 within the next 18 months. In effect, GeoLinks is thrilled to simultaneously announce its national headquarters are moving to Camarillo, California. The recently acquired 38,000 sq ft office building, previously home to Zynga Games, features a fully equipped employee gym, basketball court, spacious kitchen, break room, and much more.

“Our new office is a direct representation of our cutting-edge company culture,” said GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield. “In addition to the incredible amenities, I plan on bringing a wellness coach and private chef on board to promote health and wellness throughout the entire staff. I am very aware of the fact that we spend more than one-third of our lives at work these days so it’s important to me to give back to my team by creating a fun work environment that makes them eager to come to work every day. GeoLinks is bringing ‘Silicon-Valley Style’ to Ventura County.”

What’s next for the booming ISP? With Ditchfield and GeoLinks’ instrumental lobbying efforts in the recent passing of AB-1665 Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund, otherwise known as the Internet For All Act (IFAN), and GeoLinks’ California Public Utilities Commission Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity, GeoLinks will continue to expand coverage and service offerings while developing strategic partnerships with national carriers and federal level agencies such as HUD, the Department of Interior and the Department of Education.

“The certificate from the California PUC is an important step for GeoLinks as it allows it to not only provide fast Internet service to customers but also Voice over Internet Protocol services,” said its regulatory counsel, former CPUC and FCC Commissioner Rachelle Chong. “This certificate makes GeoLinks eligible to provide E-rate Internet and voice services to eligible schools, libraries and health care providers under the FCC program, and to provide California Teleconnect Fund services under the CPUC public purpose program. Given a goal of the company is to help bridge the digital divide for rural schools and libraries, this is an important milestone.”

GeoLinks assures customers and partners that its underlying corporate identity will remain unchanged for all legal and regulatory purposes issuing no major alterations to their contracts, support or contact information.

For media inquiries, interview requests or to schedule an office tour, please contact Lexie Olson at lolson(at)geolinks(dot)com.

About GeoLinks:

Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, GeoLinks is the fastest growing B2B fixed wireless ISP in Los Angeles, California. With immediate access to Southern California, GeoLinks services the largest coverage area of any single provider in California delivering enterprise-grade internet, layer 2 transport, and turnkey construction that is expertly tailored for all businesses and Anchor Institutions such as hospitals, libraries and schools.

With industry leading installation times, GeoLinks’ flagship service, ClearFiber™, offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. Boasting Sub 25MS latency, 99.99% uptime, sub 4ms jitter, and a 4-hour max repair time, GeoLinks is proud to offer the state’s best industry service level agreement.

Amongst its many accolades, GeoLinks was the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries in both 2016 and 2017. Servicing thousands of businesses across the state, GeoLinks officially became a CLEC and public utility in 2017.

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Fixed Wireless —A Viable Solution to Close the Digital Divide

California Internet CEO Skyler Ditchfield Presents Fixed Wireless as a Viable Solution to Close the Digital Divide at SHLB’s 7th Annual Convention

At SHLB’s 2017 Annual Convention, California Internet CEO Skyler Ditchfield took the stage addressing how and why California Internet’s fixed wireless technology is a viable solution when looking to close the digital divide in United States’ rural communities.

VENTURA, CA (PRWEB) JUNE 08, 2017

More than 300 attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Virginia last week, May 31st – June 2, 2017, for the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition’s 7th annual convention to discuss how industry leaders can connect rural anchor institutions and close the United States’ digital divide. With focus on how to build broadband networks in rural communities, California Internet’s CEO, Sklyer Ditchfield, took the stage sharing the proven success of fixed wireless technology and how it is a viable solution in closing the digital divide.

Accompanied by California Internet’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Phillip Deneef, Ditchfield began his address by reminiscing on his humble beginnings, affirming internet was fundamental in providing the tools and inspiration needed in his entrepreneurial journey. He continued by showcasing a variety of successful case studies that demonstrated how California Internet successfully deployed fixed wireless utilizing renewable energy, such as solar power and wind turbines, to connect extreme rural locations. Employing a 100% in-house approach to engineering, design, land procurement, construction, and data connectivity, Ditchfield further explained how fixed wireless is not only the fastest but also the most cost-effective solution available on the market today.CEO Skyler Ditchfield Presents Fixed Wireless

“I recognize the skepticism and wireless anxiety that people have surrounding fixed wireless technology,” stated Ditchfield. “People think that the technology is inherently flawed, when that’s just not the case. With proper engineering, it is not only possible, it’s feasible to connect rural anchor institutions, in effect, helping close our country’s digital divide. Myself, Phillip, and our entire team back in California, are driven to continuously advance innovation in broadband delivery, and that’s just what we’re doing. I want all rural anchor institutions to know that California Internet offers full turnkey solutions, from network instruction, to bandwidth delivery, via our innovative fixed wireless technology.”

Outside of his speech, Ditchfield and Deneef had the opportunity to further interface with newly inducted FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and SHLB Executive Director John Windhausen over dinner at Chesapeake Room. The evening allowed the regional carrier an opportunity to share and reiterate its experience and success using fixed wireless to reduce the digital divide. Ditchfield and Deneef’s efforts were met with understanding, appreciation and support.

“We are at a pivotal moment of change in our country, and schools, libraries, health providers, and other community anchor institutions (CAIs) have the power to unite and move us forward,” said SHLB Executive Director John Windhausen. “California Internet has proven that fixed wireless is a viable solution for our rural institutions.”

In the days following the convention, Ditchfield and Deneef met with various anchor entities to initiate the process of acquiring the funds needed to achieve their digital goals. With additional support from the recent passing of California’s AB 1665 Bill, California Internet is on a fast track for national expansion. Moving forward, California Internet plans to work towards securing additional grant money, developing strategic partnerships and expanding its metro footprint with a 100gbps backbone and ability to deliver 10gbps via fixed wireless.

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Skyler Ditchfield, please contact Lexie Olson at lolson(at)geolinks.com

About California Internet:

Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, California Internet is the fastest growing B2B fixed wireless ISP in Los Angeles, California. With immediate access to California’s rural communities, California Internet services the largest coverage area of any single provider in California delivering enterprise-class internet, layer 2 transport, and turnkey construction that is expertly tailored for all businesses and Anchor Intuitions such as hospitals, libraries and schools.

With industry leading installation times, California Internet’s flagship service, ClearFiber™, offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. Boasting Sub 25MS latency, 99.99% uptime, sub 4ms jitter, and a 4-hour max repair time, California Internet is proud to offer the state’s best industry service level agreement.

Servicing thousands of businesses across the state, California Internet officially became a CLEC and public utility in 2017.

About SHLB:

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition was created in 2009 in Washington, D.C. to help address the shortage of adequate broadband for anchor institutions and their communities. [“SHLB” is pronounced “SHELL-bee”] The SHLB Coalition is a broad-based organization of anchor institutions, commercial companies and non-profit broadband providers, foundations, public interest groups, and others that work together to develop and support policies to improve broadband connectivity for anchor institutions and their communities in all regions of the country – urban, suburban and especially rural. We receive financial support from membership dues, from our events, and from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The SHLB Coalition is founded on the belief that deploying broadband networks to serve anchor institutions is a cost-efficient and vitally important investment in our nation’s future. Deploying broadband to anchor institutions can improve broadband access to millions of people (students, low-income and elderly people, migrants, etc.) who may not otherwise have access to the Internet. Anchor institution personnel can train people about broadband services and technologies, thereby stimulating broadband usage and demand. Furthermore, high-capacity “Middle Mile” broadband networks serving community anchor institutions can be used as “jumping off points” to serve surrounding residential and business consumers. Several studies show that building high-capacity broadband to community anchor institutions has a multiplier effect that generates tremendous economic growth for the community and the nation.