September 8, 2017
BROADBAND

FCC announces tentative agenda for the September Open Commission Meeting.  Agenda includes an NPRM that proposes to eliminate rules requiring certain broadcast and cable entities to maintain paper copies of FCC rules; a Report and Order that modernizes cable TV technical rules to reflect the cable industry’s use of digital transmission systems; and other items. | View Agenda HERE

"Payment Methods and Procedures For Fiscal Year 2017 Regulatory Fees" | Public Notice

Additional information, including how to stream, ask questions, etc., about the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) webinar on September 11, 2017. | Public Notice

"Fixed broadband speeds are getting faster, thanks to infrastructure upgrades that are allowing internet service providers to offer faster and cheaper packages." | Re/Code


"Gigabit Report: 57.5 Million Americans Now in Gigabit Reach, Chicago and California Lead" | Telecompetitor

Do we need gigabit broadband? | POTs and PANs

"Can Public Schools Close the Digital Divide?" | New America

Benton Blog on Lifeline: Continue Reform, Or Throw It Out With the Wastewater? | Benton Foundation

"Ellsworth, Maine, Celebrates Fiber Lighting" | Community Networks

Podcast: "Holland is expanding its pilot area for municipal Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services in Michigan's Dutch outpost." | Community Networks
WIRELESS

"What Makes a Smart City Truly Smart?  Kansas City has streetlights equipped with sensors and plans to make roads pay for themselves. But its chief innovation officer says there’s nothing smart about them." | City Lab

"Fostering digital inclusion in smart cities" | Parameters

"Public policy will lay the foundation for 5G and beyond" | FierceWireless
OTHER NEWS

"Workers: Fear Not the Robot Apocalypse; Automation commonly creates more, and better-paying, jobs than it destroys. A case in point: U.S. retailing" | WSJ
 
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