November 30, 2017

Susan Crawford:  "Ajit Pai's Net Neutrality Shell Game" -- "The differences between the way the unrestrained, profit-at-all-costs-driven operators run things and the way a public interest-driven operator acts are obvious. For a clear illustration, take a look at Wilson, North Carolina." :: Wired

Editorial:  "Net neutrality repeal would hurt Gainesville" -- "If powerful telecom companies are allowed to charge websites for preferential treatment, startup internet companies like those being created in our community will struggle to compete." :: Gainesville Sun

"Setting aside the inevitable court challenges for a moment, what would [the end of net neutrality actually mean for the US Internet ecosystem over the next several years? A few thoughts… 1. Blatant Discrimination Against Particular Services Is Not That Likely ... , 2. Blatant Favoritism Of Particular Services Is Quite Likely ... , 3. Different Tiers Of Services Based On Ability To Pay Is Overwhelmingly Likely" :: TDG Research

"I still think people are right to support net neutrality. But the issue they should care about is not net neutrality, but the basic Title II regulation. ... The ISPs hate Title II regulation, but not because it imposes the net neutrality principles. Their real fear is that the FCC will use these rules to regulate broadband prices." :: POTs and PANs

"The Internet is Dying.  Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death" -- "It's not normal.  It wasn't always this way.  The Internet doesn't have to be a corporate playground.   That's just the path we've chosen" :: New York Times

"Taking net neutrality to court":  "The court doesn't give a damn about your political narrative," says Harold Feld :: Politico


"Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America" -- ILSR report finds 87 cooperative gigabit deployments nationwide, from both telecom and electric coops :: ILSR :: Telecompetitor

"The San Francisco Broadband Experiment": "The city is proposing to finance a fiber network in a new way. The city is looking at fiber connections in the same way as any other utility like electricity or water. The concept is that everybody in the city would pay a monthly utility fee that would fund the construction and operation of a fiber network." :: POTs and PANs

"Cities can use telehealth efforts to bolster broadband" :: EfficientGov

Minnesota state broadband grants enable FTTH :: Echo Press

States with fastest and slowest Internet speeds, ranked :: Tech.Co

Forum discussion of micro-trenching by Google Fiber :: DSLReports

"It’s kind of ironic that the only way the FCC could try to do what ALEC is asking [to preempt state and local laws pertaining to broadband connections, including small cells, etc] would be by maintaining Title II regulation  ... [O]nce they renounce Title II authority the FCC is greatly weakened in making any regulations concerning broadband." :: POTs and PANs

"Verizon to Sell Wireless Home Broadband, Challenging Cable" :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd) :: Telecompetitor

"Verizon wants 5G to replace home Wi-Fi in 5 cities next year" :: SlashGear

"AT&T's Fixed Wireless Now Available in 18 States" --  "AT&T's creatively-named 'Fixed Wireless Internet' service features a 10 Mbps LTE connection with a 160 GB monthly cap. From there, users pay $10 per each 50GB of additional data consumed -- up to a maximum of $200 per month. The service costs $60 per month with a one-year contract, or $70 per month without a contract"  :: DSLReports

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