May 17, 2017

Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant application window for 2017.  Applications for grants due July 17, 2017. | Federal Register

FCC announces membership of two Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) working groups: Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure and Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers. | Public Notice

FCC clarifies deadlines for comments and reply comments in the Wireline Infrastructure NPRM, NOI, and Request for Comment Notice (Wireline Notice).  Now, all comments for all parts of the Wireline Notice due June 15, 2017.  Reply comments due July 17, 2017. | Public Notice

David Redl, current chief counsel of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, has been nominated to head NTIA. | Multichannel News

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: "Net neutrality is doomed if we’re silent." | Tech Crunch

Traverse City, Michigan, voted unanimously "to adjust their six-year capital improvement plan to include the cost of a citywide fiber network." | Community Networks

Chattanooga's EPB fiber network exceeding 90,000 subscribers in April; contributes to lower power rates. | Community Networks 

The small cell deployment market "has grown increasingly controversial in recent months as carriers and their partners such as Mobilitie, Crown Castle and others move more aggressively to roll out small cells, sparking pushback by officials in cities in towns across the United States"  This behavior has prompted FCC filings from Boston, L.A., the Texas Municipal League and others. | FierceWireless

MoffettNathanson Research: "Small cells and fiber don't threaten tower companies"  | FierceWireless

"The carrier-led Small Cell Forum has revealed the names of the founding members of an Enterprise Advisory Council." Members include General Motors, Kaiser Permanente, Marriott, Texas A&M, and WeWork. | Network World 

"Comparing the latest [Nielsen] report for the 4th quarter of 2016 to the original 2011 report shows a major decrease in the hours spent by younger Americans in watching traditional television" | POTs and PANs

Google and other technology giants, not the government, are building the artificially intelligent future. "And unless the government vastly increases how much it spends on research into such technologies, it is the corporations that will decide how to deploy them." | N.Y. Times

Harold Feld: Pai has paid little attention to the cyber attacks and spam bots affecting the FCC's net neutrality comment process, and he should.  |  Tales of the Sausage Factory

"First Steps for Cities in Harnessing the Value of Untapped Data; Despite the abundance of data and analytics, cities often don't realize their possible uses." | Government Technology
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