May 10, 2017

FCC announces the membership of two Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) working groups: model code for municipalities and model code for states. | Public Notice

Gov. Baker gives six western Massachusetts towns state grants to design and build their own municipal broadband networks. The $4.6 million in grants "will cover about a third of the cost, with towns borrowing the rest to build fiber optic networks to serve homes and businesses." | Mass Live

Report: “The Leverett Municipal Broadband Model: An Overview of Institutional, Contractual and Financial Arrangements.”   | View Report HERE

"Franklin, Kentucky's Electric Plant Board is now offering Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) connectivity in limited areas of town through a pilot project." | Community Networks 

"TDS Telecommunications Corp. has finalized the purchase of the city of Sun Prairie's municipal broadband service and plans to expand high-speed internet throughout much of the area." | Wisconsin State Journal

Westminster, Maryland's, fiber broadband network is advancing with Phase Two well underway according to a recent update from the City Administrator. | View Summary of Update HERE

Next Century Cities showcases the winners of the Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award at the Broadband Communities Conference. | Benton Blog

FCC's Wireless NPRM published in the Federal Register confirming filing dates.  Comments due June 9, 2017.  Reply comments due July 10, 2017. | Federal Register

Charter and Comcast refrain from competing against each other in order to take on Verizon and AT&T: "Under the deal, Comcast and Charter have temporarily agreed to cooperate by, for example, figuring out how each company's wireless subscribers can hop onto the other company's WiFi hotspots more easily. The deal also prevents the companies from working against one another by banning independent merger talks with existing cellphone carriers such as Sprint or T-Mobile." | Washington Post

70% of the Level3 survey respondents "think that OTT viewership will bypass traditional television viewership no later than 2022." | POTs and PANs

"The Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), in partnership with San Jose State University’s School of Information (iSchool), announced today that a total of nine projects will receive funding and support to expand the Libraries [TV] WhiteSpace Project." | GLN

"After net neutrality comment system fails, senators demand answers; John Oliver caused big comment increase, but FCC blames DDoS attacks." | Ars Technica
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