October 25, 2017

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) pens Op-Ed regarding waste and abuse in the FCC's Lifeline Program: "You can't wish away hard truths.  One is we must fix Lifeline phone plan abuse." | USA Today

The freshman Michigan representative who introduced a sweeping bill to limit funds for municipal broadband "was heavily financed by telecommunications companies and trade associations. She also dined with trade association lobbyists in the months leading up to introducing the bill." | International Business Times

Head of KentuckyWired attempts to debunk "Misconceptions about KentuckyWired" | Insider Louisville

After San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo, explains why Verizon wants pole access, Roslyn Layton writes "The City Of San Jose Can't Be Smart If Its Mayor Has A Dumb Wireless Infrastructure Strategy" | Forbes

"How lobbyists convinced lawmakers to kill a broadband privacy bill; Leaked documents reveal scare tactics that helped ISPs avoid privacy rules." | Ars Technica

"Consumer groups believe that the FCC is planning to formally unveil its unpopular plan to gut net neutrality the day before Thanksgiving." | TechDirt

"272M Fiber Connections in China: The Most Remarkable Achievement in My 20 Years of Reporting" | FastNet News

FCC seeks comments on proposed revisions to rules governing the 3.5 GHz band. "These changes include longer license terms with the possibility of renewal; larger geographic license areas; and modifications to the rules governing license auctions, secondary market transactions, and certain technical criteria" | FCC Press Release

Public Knowledge says FCC's proposed changes, which would roll back portions of the agency’s 2015 3.5GHz licensing Order, would substantially limit innovative uses of the 3.5 GHz band and increase cost of licenses. | PK Press Release

Cisco's big push is to create smart cities, "where wireless networks with enough sensors and computers to process the data will attempt to make services more efficient and lower costs." | WSJ

"The FCC just ended a decades-old rule designed to keep TV and radio under local control." According to PK, "At a time when broadcast conglomerates like Sinclair are gobbling up more stations, the Commission’s proposal would allow these conglomerates to move even more resources away from struggling communities and further centralize broadcasting facilities and staff in wealthier metropolitan areas." | Washington Post

"3, 2, 1... Rocket Fiber Readies Pay-TV Launch" | Light Reading

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