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January 3, 2018

BROADBAND

"Trump and Congress prepare to tackle broadband expansion in 2018" -- "2018 is shaping up to be the year in which the White House, Congress, and the private sector unite to bridge the digital divide .... The details of the infrastructure package, expected in January, haven’t been revealed, but a White House official said the plan will include a 'dedicated portion of funding' for rural projects, with 'no limit' on how much can be spent on broadband." :: Washington Examiner

Jonathan Chambers:  "FCC to Rural America:  Drop Dead, part 2.":  "The FCC is relying on data that purports to show that, between June 2015 and December 2016, broadband was newly made available to some of the most remote areas of the country covering 432,302 locations. And that all this new rural construction occurred without any federal universal support or any obligation to provide service.  Of course, no such thing happened. It is fake data. 432,302 rural homes and businesses now have phantom broadband service." :: Conexon

"FCC to Hide the Digital Divide?" :: POTs and PANs

Microsoft, et al form rural broadband advocacy group called "Connect Americans Now": "As a part of the initial launch, CAN is forming partnerships across rural America to educate stakeholders about the opportunities available via long-range, wireless broadband over TV white spaces spectrum ...  Microsoft says they hope to bring  broadband via Airband to 2 million people in rural America by 2022" :: Telecompetitor :: VentureBeat 

"Protecting Net Neutrality at the State and Local Level," including call scripts to contact state representatives about municipal broadband :: Indivisible

Newark, NJ commits to keeping its fiber network neutral; contracts with third parties that connect to the network will include net neutrality clauses :: Axios

FCC still editing final net neutrality repeal order :: Ars Technica

"Glasgow, KY Nears End of Negotiations to Install Broadband via Kentucky Wired" :: Government Technology

WIRELESS

All 50 states have opted in to FirstNet :: Telecompetitor

"2018 Preview:  Small-cell deployments will finally gain ground" :: FierceWireless

"2018 Preview:  Fixed wireless will emerge as a proving ground for 5G" :: FierceWireless

"CES 2018 is where you'll start caring about 5G" -- In 2018, an entire patch of CES will be dedicated to smart cities, covering smart energy grids, infrastructure like roads and transport, and connected health care." :: CNET

Verizon touts "smart asphalt":  "The company is embedding sensors into the asphalt on city roads, pairing them with cameras on traffic lights, and connecting the devices to its wireless network to analyze traffic. That data can then be used to help a city adjust traffic light timing and make other transportation infrastructure changes to optimize the flow of traffic." :: Motley Fool

"White House Identifies 5G as Key Infrastructure" :: POTs and PANs

Update on CBRS rulemaking :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"We are seeing the perfect storm of events attacking the traditional cable market" :: POTs and PANs 

Verizon negotiates unique deal for NFL streaming rights on verge of launching new streaming TV service :: Seeking Alpha

Seattle:  Frontier drops Cox-owned CBS affiliate KIRO in retrans consent dispute :: DSLReports

"2018 Pretty Quiet on the Retrans Front" :: CableFAX

"Consolidated becomes first NCTC operator to offer FuboTV" :: FierceCable

"2018 Preview:  ATSC 3.0 will get closer to becoming a real TV technology" :: FierceCable

OTHER NEWS

"Oh, Cool:  Big Telecom Got a Massive Break from the GOP Tax Bill, and It's Raising Prices" :: Motherboard

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