May 15, 2017

Town of Highlands, North Carolina, issues RFI seeking information from private broadband service providers.  Responses due Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 3 p.m. | View RFI HERE

Report, Connecting The Dots of Ohio's Broadband Policy: "[W]e conservatively estimate that reaching full broadband coverage [in Ohio] today would generate between $1 billion and $2 billion in economic benefits over the next 15 years." | View report HERE; Government Technology

Ting Internet does not see Google Fiber’s recent troubles posing challenges to the larger FTTH service community. "Elliot Noss, president and CEO of [Ting Internet] told investors during its first-quarter earnings call that there are still plenty of opportunities to expand its FTTH reach." | FierceTelecom

"Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) in Iowa finalized its business plan for citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service earlier this month....IMU will take over from current partner Mahaska Communications Group (MCG) and expand to offer triple-play citywide." | Community Networks

FCC publishes list of counties where business data services are deemed competitive. | View List HERE

Report, Digital Inclusion Outcomes-Based Evaluation, from Dr. Colin Rhinesmith and Angela Siefer "describes the challenges facing community-based organizations and other key stakeholders in using outcomes-based evaluation to measure the success of their digital inclusion programs and offers recommendations toward addressing these shared barriers." | Benton Foundation

*Corrected Link*  FCC announces two webinars on the recently-adopted Wireless Broadband Deployment NPRM and NOI. The first webinar on May 24, 2017, will be for state and local governments. The second webinar on May 31, 2017, will be for small businesses. | FCC Public Notice; Webinar for Tribal Nations on May 25, 2017, Public Notice

"TDG: Cord Cutting is Surging with 58% of U.S. Cord Cutters Cancelling Pay-TV in the Past Two Years" | Telecompetitor

"Broadcasters Are the New TV Bundlers" | Light Reading

Update on global cyberattack: "A ransomware attack that began in Europe on Friday is lingering — and hitting new targets Japan and China. The WannaCry software has locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. Users are confronted with a screen demanding a $300 payment to restore their files. The attack has hit more than 200,000 computers." | NPR

"Internet Democracy Is Great … in Theory. Just Ask the FCC" | Wired
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