May 4, 2017

Legislative committee in Maine unanimously votes to reject bill restricting municipal broadband. "Even the lawmaker who introduced the bill, Rep. Nate Wadsworth, R-Hiram, turned against it a day after a hearing where officials from municipalities across the state condemned the measure." | Portland Press Herald; Ars Technica

FCC dismisses the Multifamily Broadband Council (MBC) finding that Article 52 of the San Francisco Police Code, which restricts a building owner’s ability to grant exclusive rights to use its inside wiring or otherwise to interfere with an occupant’s right to obtain communications services from any provider it chooses, absent physical limitations, does not violate FCC rules. | View Dismissal Letter HERE

"Under a new city rule, the three companies that have cable franchise agreements with Seattle must get customer permission if they want to sell personal information or web browsing details." | Seattle Times

FCC posts FAQs regarding the allocation of Connect America Phase II support in partnership with New York State’s New NY Broadband program. | Public Notice

Gigabit Opportunity Act introduced by Sen. Capito (R-WV): "Would effectively legislate chairman Pai's proposal for spurring investment" | Multichannel News

Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel Webinar: "How Municipal Institutional or Middle Mile Network Model Can Enable Addressing Internal Government Communication Needs." Tuesday, May 9th at 10 a.m. EST. | Registration HERE

"The One-Two Knockout Punch for Broadband — Co-ops Partner With Local Government" | Government Technology

More net neutrality news:
  • On Monday, D.C. Circuit Court rejected a request to review its decision upholding the FCC's net neutrality regulations. | The Hill
  • Re/Code Podcast: Chairman Pai explains why he wants to undo the net neutrality rules, saying they are not the same as an open internet. | Re/Code
  • Senate Dem: FCC chief may have violated law in net neutrality rollout | The Hill
  • Op-Ed: "Giving the Behemoths a Leg Up on the Little Guy" | N.Y. Times
"Frontier Loses Another 102,000 Frustrated DSL Customers" | Broadband Reports 

"With latency as low as 25ms, SpaceX to launch broadband satellites in 2019; Satellites will function like a mesh network and deliver gigabit speeds." | Ars Technica

"Boosting smart city inclusion, Microsoft and partners launch accessibility toolkit" | StateScoop; View Website and Toolkits HERE

Smart Cities Are Going To Be a Security Nightmare | Harvard Business Review 

"Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (ESVBA) expands its fixed wireless coverage area to include the community of Bloxom" and approves plans to expand its FTTH network. | Community Networks 

"Fatbeam snags two new dark fiber wireless backhaul deals, eyes small cell opportunities" | FierceTelecom

"Five Rule Changes The FCC Should Consider" | TVNewsCheck

"How Do Teens With Limited Internet Apply To College? Education groups are trying to level the college-application playing field by providing helpful apps, centralized forms, and advice via text to kids who don’t have home internet." | Fast Company
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