December 15, 2016

Chairman Tom Wheeler announces his intent to leave the Federal Communications Commission on January 20, 2017. | View Full Statement HERE; CLIC Thank You to Wheeler HERE

FCC announces the effective dates of broadband privacy rules and "provides guidance to telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers on implementation of the requirements adopted in the 2016 Privacy Order." | Public Notice

Wireline Bureau Issues Order on Special Access Cost Shifting Limits | View Order HERE

Cleveland Federal Reserve releases report on the availability of high-speed Internet access in the Fourth Federal Reserve District, which includes all of OH, western PA, eastern KY, and the northern panhandle of WV, and makes the case for Community Reinvestment Act eligibility for investments in communications infrastructure in urban areas as well as rural areas. | Press Release

Sen. Shelley Capito (R-W.Va.) asks that broadband deployment be a "core component" of any infrastructure plan in the Trump administration. "Capito pointed out that as many as 74% of the residents of her state lack what she called 'proper access' to broadband services." | Broadcasting & Cable

"In letter she handed to Trump, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh urges Broadband investment" |

In connection with broadband experiments, FCC authorizes support for Lake County, Minnesota d/b/a Lake Connections (Lake Connections) for its winning bid. "The aggregate $3,491,280.18 in support that we authorize today will bring new broadband service to 845 census blocks." | FCC Public Notice

National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) takes broadband adoption by looking at what the Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center ASC3), a community-based organization which provides technology training and low-cost home internet service is doing. | Benton Foundation

"AT&T this week continued the company's highly-selective expansion of gigabit fiber broadband, announcing availability of gigabit speeds in parts of three new markets: Greenville, South Carolina; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Sacramento, California." | Broadband Reports 

"Another Rural Electric Co-op Connects Missourians" | Community Broadband Networks 

Atlanta in the process of wrapping up RFIs for fiber and wireless projects. | Light Reading 

"Two New York Cities Explore Joint Initiative with Broadband Possibilities" | Government Technology

"The U.S. Department of Transportation is moving forward with a proposal to mandate dedicated short range communications (DSRC) for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) on new light-duty vehicles."  Privacy advocates caution "against implementing the rules without first ensuring the existence of strong cybersecurity and privacy protections." |  FierceWirelessMorning Consult

"T-Mobile US and CTIA are among those telling the FCC that it’s premature to consider how Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will or should be supported on 5G networks because standards are in such an early stage of development." | FierceWireless


" Inc. is broadening the reach of its video-streaming services around the world as it looks to go head-to-head with streaming juggernaut Netflix Inc." | WSJ

"AT&T’s DirecTV Now plagued with outages and sports blackouts" |
Ars Technica

"Thanks to mobile computing and the cloud, we’re all starting to work from home more:  A recent workplace survey says people only spend about 46 percent of their average 43-hour work week in a traditional office or cubicle environment." | Re/Code
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