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November 29, 2017
BROADBAND

"The FCC is lying when it claims net neutrality hurt investment" :: DSLReports

"Comcast eyes paid prioritization after neutrality rules killed" :: DSLReports

"Column:  Municipalize the Internet" -- "Individuals concerned with net neutrality need to think about alternatives now to ensure a more democratic network for the future." :: The Daily Tar Heel

"The third strategy [in response to FCC net neutrality action], and in many ways the most important one, is to create public alternatives, like municipal wireless networks that can circumvent and compete with corporate monopolies. There’s a growing number of these publicly owned and governed internet infrastructures, and building more is crucial." :: Interview with Prof. Victor Packard in Jacobin

Burlington City Council chooses last-minute bid from Schurz Communications as buyer for Burlington Telecom :: Burlington Free Press

Wilson, N.C.'s economic redevelopment :: Wilson Times

Fort Collins, CO to start seeking price quotes, etc. :: Coloradoan

"Slow and Steady Wins the Fiber Race" :: Broadband Communities

"Planning for Poles" :: Broadband Communities

"A blue-collar manufacturing town in southern Appalachia [Chattanooga] offers a roadmap for reclaiming the Internet's utoptian potential" :: The Nation

"Judge rules against Metro Nashville, blocks Fiber-backed utility pole policy" :: Tennessean

"Time to release the internet from the free market -- and make it a basic right" :: The Guardian

Profile of RiverStreet Networks, developing regional broadband cooperative in Virginia and North Carolina :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

Texas cities sue to halt enforcement of small cell fee caps in state statute --  "Ken Schmidt, a Florida-based expert in wireless-lease rates, said in an interview that Texas law is 'decidedly one sided' and “does not fairly compensate cities.' His research shows the fair market value for attaching a network node to a pole in a municipal right of way falls within the $1,500 to $2,500 range."  :: The Item

ABI Research forecast on U.S. cellular M2M market:  " The report adds that connected car-related technologies will be the main driver for the new applications that will benefit U.S. cellular operators — if they don’t get distracted by other technologies. ... Of the 82.65 million cellular connected M2M devices at the end of 2016, 68.5 percent were related to telematics and other transportation applications. LTE, which includes LTE Cat-M and Narrow-Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT), is expected to become the largest network standard for the IoT in the United States, offering a range of options for data rates, range and node power efficiency." :: Telecompetitor

AT&T fixed wireless in 18 states, goal of 400k locations by the end of the year :: Telecompetitor

Ericsson report: "data traffic from smartphones to grow at a rate of 37% by 2023 in North America. Specifically, the company predicts that the average North American smartphone user will consume 48 GB of data per month in 2023, up from just 5.2 GB per month in 2016 and 7.1 GB per month in 2017." :: FierceWireless

"Sprint faces 'treacherous' path in wake of collapsed T-Mobile deal" :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

Glasgow [KY] Electric Plant Board "decides to top three broadcast stations in Nashville and Louisville rather than pay the increases demanded for their content" :: Glasgow Daily Times

 
OTHER NEWS

"AT&T Tells Court its Mega Merger is 'Pro-Consumer'" :: DSLReports

"Analysts:  Telcos Destined to Lose, Frontier and Windstream Bankruptcies May be in Near Future" -- "Frontier’s issue, according to the researchers, is that in the residential and small to medium business market, it is competing using mostly obsolete copper assets against technologically superior cable HFC and wireless. And CenturyLink faces the same issue in those markets, although that company is not so reliant on those markets. In the residential and SMB market, however, “the competitive endgame is preordained,” the analysts wrote. “The telcos are destined to lose this one.”
:: Telecompetitor
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