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December 19, 2017

BROADBAND

 #MobileOnly Challenge: "The FCC will vote by February 2, 2018, to lower the standards of high-speed broadband service so that mobile service on someone’s smartphone is seen as the same as a home connection. The FCC also wants to lower what counts as high-speed broadband from 25 megabits per second (Mbps) to only 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads. ... Pledge to spend one day in January 2018 accessing the internet only on your mobile device to tell them that it's not okay." :: Next Century Cities  :: Broadcasting & Cable

Lakeland, FL city commission directs staff "to find a consultant that would design and price out a limited area to test the feasibility of a municipal broadband service." :: The Ledger

"To Save the Internet We Need to Own the Networks" :: Huffington Post

'"What Can Cities and States Do About Net Neutrality?" :: CityLab

"Internal FCC Report Shows Republican Net Neutrality Narrative is False" :: Motherboard

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announces plans to introduce net neutrality legislation -- "Most Republican supporters of net neutrality legislation are looking to codify a standard that's weaker than the now-overturned rules." :: Politico

"Net Neutrality Heads to Court & Congress" :: Light Reading

"How Much Internet Speed Should You Really Pay For?" :: Tom's Guide

WIRELESS

"The U.S. small cells market will finally gain serious momentum next year, according to Wells Fargo Securities." :: FierceWireless

Fiber Broadband Association releases white paper on fiber and 5G :: Fiber Broadband Association

. . . "Fiber deployment forecast:  1.4 million miles needed for 5G in top 25 metros" :: Telecompetitor

AT&T begins largest 5G fixed trial in Waco, TX :: Wireless Week

"Napa city stoplights may become Verizon transmitter platforms" -- "[T]he transmitters also are expected to link to Napa’s traffic control hardware and allow the city to monitor its stoplights at all times – and eventually carry images from surveillance cameras to track accidents and emergencies.  After deciding where to install its new cells, Verizon is to pay the city $100 a year for the use of each location, with the fee rising 2 percent annually." :: Napa Valley Register

VIDEO

"Cable prices are soaring as millions of customers jump ship" :: BGR

"Comcast hikes prices, increases sneaky fees for 2018" :: DSLReports

OTHER NEWS

"Public Opinion Often Sets Privacy Standards for Smart City Tech" :: Government Technology

"Nearly Half of Electric Customers Have Smart Meters, but Adoption Rates Vary Drastically" :: Government Technology

"The Surgeon Who Wants to Connect You to the Internet with a Brain Implant" :: MIT Technology Review

"Baltimore's Inner Harbor testing out solar sidewalk" :: WJZ

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