November 21, 2017

"[T]he city of New York has released a new Request for Information seeking technical and operational input from industry sources. The city wants to know what types of strategies for public/private cooperation it should consider in an effort to deliver "universal gigabit-class broadband" throughout the five boroughs. And among the local government's stated goals, it wants to develop "a citywide implementation plan that leverages the best of public and private sources to expand broadband availability and affordability, and to maximize the benefits of competition." :: Light Reading

Burlington City Council weighs offers to buy Burlington Telecom; final vote scheduled for next Monday :: Burlington Free Press

"Gates and Knight-Based Oak Hill Capital continues to pull cable industry strings with MetroNet investment" :: FierceCable

Craig Settles on telehealth and community broadband :: CJ Speaks

Increases in average broadband speed have not brought a commensurate decrease in  average web page load times, according to American Enterprise Institute :: Telecompetitor

"What to know about the FCC's upcoming plan to undo its net neutrality rules" :: Washington Post

"Will Congress Bless Internet Fast Lanes?"  Electronic Frontier Foundation

"The smart city revolution will depend on local leadership" :: VentureBeat

"Charter Plans In-Home Small Cell Gateway" -  "So it's not just WiFi. We'll put in LTE small cells in that same device. We'll put IoT radios in that same device. Eventually ... we'll put millimeter wave small cells in that same device." :: Light Reading

As vendors ... continue to bang on about the 5G sales opportunity from connected cows, connected cars and connected everything, service providers are starting to regard 5G mainly as an opportunity to fatten profit margins through cost savings -- at least in the short term." :: Light Reading

Map tracks FirstNet "opt-in/opt-out' progress of all 50 states :: Urgent Communications

CBS says its stations were dropped by Dish over retransmission consent dispute; Dish blames CBS, says subs could choose to drop the cost of local channels for a savings of $10/mo. :: Broadcasting & Cable

"Dems want FCC to mediate Verizon / Univision impasse" :: Broadcasting & Cable

Discovery CEO tees off on retransmission consent:   "Zaslav pointed out that the U.S. is the only broadcast television market that has retransmission consent, which he said is quite good for broadcasters but not so much for consumers and distributors that have to eat that cost. He also said it’s the only market where sports channels use their leverage to require full carriage of all their sports channels. 'Together with the fact that most sports channels are owned by the retrans broadcasters, you have a combustible combination,' said Zaslav" :: FierceCable

DoJ's merger complaint against AT&T/Time Warner :: Link to pdf :: Broadcasting & Cable

. . . "AT&T and Time Warner may have a decent shot at challenging the Trump Administration's suit against the deal" :: Wall Street Journal

"The smart city revolution will depend on local leadership" :: VentureBeat

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