June 5, 2017

It's not too late to register for Fiber Connect 2017, which begins next Monday, June 12th.  Program features numerous panels & breakout sessions with topics ranging from MDU access to funding to hybrid FTTH architectures.  Keynoters include Google Fiber new CEO, Greg McCray, and Verizon Wireline Sr. VP and Chief Network Officer, Kyle Malady.  | More information HERE; Register HERE.

"ISPs denied entry into apartment buildings could get help from FCC;  FCC looks at expanding competition rules, but it could preempt local regulations." | Ars Technica

Internet access survey in San Francisco will "embolden leaders of citywide broadband." "Nearly 30 percent of the 1,100 San Francisco seniors, students and affordable housing residents surveyed say they do not have internet access and, of those, 60 percent said cost was the main factor." | SF Examiner

Commissioner O'Rielly and Clyburn both support a "means-testing" mechanism for USF programs: "[W]e currently subsidize access to communications for people who don’t need or deserve governmental assistance.  In other words, we should end the practice of spending scarce USF high-cost support to illogically subsidize the cost of communications services for very rich people who happen to live in the more rural portions of our nation." | FCC Blog

Community Networks and Next Century Cities respond to University of PA report: "Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Yoo Discredits U Penn, Not Municipal Networks." | Link to report available HERE

Craig Settles: "Communities, not telcos, should define success of municipal broadband networks" | Daily Yonder 

"Cross-Departmental Collaboration Increasingly Vital to Digital Inclusion; From Austin to Kansas City, an increasing number of governmental agencies are incorporating digital inclusion into their services." | Government Tech

"RS Fiber Starts Connecting Last Four Communities" | Community Networks

Law requires an "opt-out" of FirstNet for states that want to build and maintain their own interoperable network. To that end, "Rivada Networks continues to respond to states that issue RFPs seeking input from vendors willing to build and maintain a statewide public safety LTE radio access network (RAN) that would be interoperable with FirstNet’s network." | FierceWireless

FCC circulates draft Report and Order outlining procedures for state's that want to "opt-out" of FirstNet. | Available HERE

Chairman Pai announces intention to work with Tribal Nations to discuss the wireless future. | FCC Blog

TV a "failing" market?  For years, "smaller pay TV operators have contemplated getting out of the pay TV business entirely and just selling broadband, saying they lack the scale to keep pace with the absurdly-skyrocketing rates of television content." | Broadband Reports

For fun: "Dutch households will use servers to heat their showers for free; A small trial for a clever idea" | The Verge
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