October 20, 2017

Lots of great events coming up:
  • Conference on October 25-26, 2017, in Brainerd, Minnesota:  Blandin Foundation to host annual "Border to Border Broadband Conference." This year's event is titled “Bridging the Gaps - Expanding the Impact” | Agenda HERE; More information HERE
  • Webinar on October 26, 2017, at 1pm ET:  Fiber Broadband Association to host "The Business Case for City-Owned Fiber to Serve City Needs and Enable Digital Services." | More information HERE
  • Symposium on November 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C.:  SHLB to host "Broadband4All: Universal Service Symposium" to explore the future of anchor institutions and the Universal Service Fund (USF). Will discuss upcoming changes in the E-rate, Rural Health Care, Lifeline, and Connect America Fund programs. | More information HERE
  • Southeast Regional Conference from November 7-9, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia:  Broadband Communities is bringing its regional conference "Fiber for the New Economy" to the Southeast with a full day of workshops and discussions about how resilient communities can most effectively use broadband infrastructure. | More information HERE
Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) celebrated the completion of its $3.4 million, 25-mile expansion of its fiber-optic cable to the network.  RVBA's network "isn’t designed to deliver service directly to homes, but rather to drive economic development by boosting internet availability to business customers." | Roanoke.com

Charter accuses its employees of cutting cables 125 times during strike; Lawsuit claims tens of thousands of New Yorkers lost service because of vandalism. | Ars Technica

Benton Foundation publishes report examining the business practices of Axiom Technologies, a locally-owned ISP in Washington County, Maine, "which is committed to bringing broadband services and education to underserved rural areas." | Benton Foundation

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduce new bill "Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2017 (SPEED Act), S. 1988." | Broadcasting & Cable

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law AB 1665, also known as Internet for All, allocating $330 million to expand broadband internet infrastructure into rural communities.  "Critics of the bill charged that it will make it virtually impossible for independent projects to be funded, in part because AT&T and Frontier pushed to make changes to the bill to lower the required broadband speed levels." | Sierra Sun; and see, POTS and PANs (discussing lowering broadband speed definition)

"Verizon Continues to Win Wireless Subscribers; The telecommunications company added nearly twice as many monthly connections than Wall Street expected" | WSJ

"Cities around US offer billions in tax breaks to be Amazon’s HQ2" | Ars Technica

"Amazon’s pursuit of tax credits to build a new corporate headquarters is getting early pushback" | re/code

Intel publishes artificial intelligence (AI) public policy recommendations "needed to create a public policy environment that fosters AI innovation, while also mitigating unintended societal consequences." | Intel
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