January 11, 2017

New proposed barriers to community broadband and public-private partnerships introduced in Missouri and Virginia.  View the proposed legislation HERE

FCC to host universal service webinar for state and local government officials on January 24, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. EST. | Public Notice

Jonathan Chambers argues for portable FCC subsidies: "What happens to that $30 billion worth of subsidy if consumers in rural areas prefer Gigabit fiber optic service from an electric membership cooperative? Prefer mobile broadband service instead? Prefer satellite broadband service? Prefer anything but the telephone company’s service? Nothing. . . .So, here’s an old idea. Make the subsidies portable." | Conexon Blog

Is Lifeline in trouble? "[W]ithin the last month 80 carriers have asked to be relieved from participating in the program. This includes many of the largest ISPs / telcos" and numerous wireless companies. | POTs and PANs

"Massachusetts Joins Effort Urging the FCC to Release Connect America Funding to States" | Telecompetitor

Community Networks unveils new map featuring all of the citywide, municipal, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks across the United States. | Community Networks

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tobin expresses support for Republican Gov. Ducey's call for more access to high-speed Internet in rural and tribal areas.  | View Commissioner Tobin's Letter HERE

FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) issues policy review of mobile broadband operators' sponsored data and zero-rated content programs. WTB finds no issue with zero-rating per se, but concludes that two plans "present significant risks to consumers and competition in downstream industry sectors because of network operators’ potentially unreasonable discrimination in favor of their own affiliates." | View Review HERE

"Growing demand across mobile networks and small cell deployments from 4G and IoT set to increase need for fiber support." | RCR Wireless

Only item on January Open Meeting Agenda is vote on a Report and Order that would eliminate "requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain copies of letters and emails from the public in their public inspection file and the requirement that cable operators retain the location of the cable system’s principal headend in their public inspection file." | Agenda HERE

Current FCC declined to undertake retransmission consent reform, "but the American Television Alliance appears to be looking for a new view from the new Administration." |
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