March 16, 2017

Chairman Pai says broadband should be included in any major infrastructure package.  "Pai is proposing an ambitious program whereby the FCC could expand corporate subsidies for building networks while scaling back regulations that, he said, deter private investment. In addition, Pai is asking that Congress offer tax credits to Internet service providers and entrepreneurs who agree to set up shop in 'gigabit opportunity zones' that could be as large as a county or as small as a city block." | Washington Post; WSJ

Senators Klobuchar, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Measure the Economic Impact of Broadband on the U.S. Economy | Press Release

Fmr. FCC General Counsel Jonathan Sallet on broadband deployment and broadband competition: "It can be tempting to accept the view that, in an environment of scarce government resources and competing interests, merely ensuring broadband access from a single provider is enough – especially as an improvement on a status quo with little or no access at all. History tells a cautionary tale, though." | Brookings 

Projects in Eugene, Oregon, and Lafayette, Louisiana, will receive awards from Gigabit Community Fund created by the National Science Foundation and Mozilla. Each community will receive $150,000. | Community Networks; Telecompetitor

"Adtran: Connect America Fund Broadband Technologies Will Be a Mixed Bag" | Telecompetitor

"House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats have introduced a quintet of tech-related, particularly broadband-related, bills." | Broadcasting & Cable

Cherrypicking in Cleveland: "A new report from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Connect Your Community concludes that the telecom giant AT&T has redlined low-income neighborhoods in Cleveland." | Community Networks

"'Small Cells' Are the Talk of the Wireless Industry, as Exemplified by this Pennsylvania Project" | Broadband Breakfast


Report: "Number of Broadband Homes Without TV Have Doubled in 5 Years" | Broadband Reports 

"AT&T this week acknowledged that DirecTV has been charging the wrong regional sports fees to some customers and is now issuing bill credits to those who paid more because of the mistake." | Ars Technica
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