August 16, 2017
FCC establishes pleading cycle for comments on NTCA and US Telecom's Petition for Forbearance from USF Contribution Requirements. The petition asks that the Commission forbear from applying contribution requirements to BIAS transmission services provided by RLECs, “until such a time as the Commission reaches a decision on whether any and all broadband services . . . should be required to contribute to support of federal USF programs or completes some other form of contributions reform.”  Comments due September 13, 2017; Reply Comments due September 28, 2017. | FCC Public Notice; View Petition HERE

Charter suspends complaint against Verizon over utility pole access in New York: "Charter argued it had submitted 822 pole attachment applications to Verizon, asking to attach facilities to over 55,000 poles, but that Verizon had only agreed to 179 of those applications covering 4,048 poles." Now, Charter says construction is progressing. | FierceTelecom

"Seattle Increases Financial Commitment to 20-Year-Old Digital Equity Program" | Government Technology

An important step in moving Islesboro's broadband project forward: "Central Maine Power Co. and the town of Islesboro have signed an agreement for use of a fiber-optic line installed in 2016 as part of an upgrade to the island’s electric service." | Village Soup

"[V]oters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, decided to approve a bond proposal to fund a publicly owned Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network." | Community Networks

Supporting 5G drives fiber consolidation, but "if Verizon, AT&T and a few others like CenturyLink gobble up the few remaining independent fiber networks they will have a virtual monopoly on fiber transport." | POTs and PANs

Verizon said it is building dedicated lanes at the core of its U.S. wireless network for firefighters and other first responders; Verizon's network will compete with FirstNet, a public-safety network that AT&T won the $6.5 billion contract to build out. | WSJ

Arizona is the thirteenth state or territory to opt in to FirstNet. | FirstNet Press Release

"Will FCC Broadband Progress Report Count Wireless-Only Areas As 'Served'?" | Telecompetitor

Hundreds of comments filed on FCC website "lambasting the FCC's suggestion that Americans might not need fast home Internet service and could make do with mobile broadband only." | Ars Technica

How a Conservative TV Giant, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Is Ridding Itself of FCC Regulation; Deregulatory actions taken by Commissioner Pai will result in media consolidation. | N.Y. Times

"Apple Readies $1 Billion War Chest for Hollywood Programming; Company immediately becomes a considerable competitor in crowded market for original shows" | WSJ
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