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January 5, 2018

BROADBAND

FCC releases net neutrality repeal order :: Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order

. . . Statement by Commr. Rosenworcel:  “So many people rightfully believe Washington is not listening to their concerns, fears, and desires. It saddens me that with the release of this decision rolling back net neutrality, you can add the FCC to the list. ...[T]he FCC’s broken and corrupted process for reaching this decision demonstrated extraordinary contempt for public input. In this decision, the FCC is on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public. It deserves to be revisited, reexamined, and ultimately reversed." :: Statement by FCC Commr. Rosenworcel (via Benton Foundation)

"It ain't over:  Net neutrality advocates are preparing a massive new war against Trump's FCC" :: Recode

"Is the U.S. Municipal Broadband movement about to gather pace?" TelecomTV

"I am deeply unconvinced muni broadband is the solution to the repeal of net neutrality" :: TechCrunch

"Can the free market help fix the FCC's net neutrality screw-up?"--  "[T]he more promising battleground is in the marketplace, where upstart broadband providers may try to attract customers by pledging not to meddle with their customers’ data traffic."  :: LA Times

Doug Dawson on the FCC BDAC model state code:  "[T]his represents the same wish list we’ve seen from the big ISPs and from their lobbying arms like ALEC. While many states have adopted some portion of these rules, nobody has adopted them all. It’s fairly obvious that the recommendations from this sub-committee are being driven by the big ISPs." :: POTs and PANs

"The FCC Disqualified a Bunch of Rural Communities from Receiving Internet Funding After Big Telecom Said They Already Have Internet" :: VICE

WIRELESS

"Starry Launches 200-Meg Wireless Broadband Service in L.A. Washington, D.C.";  "Starry holds that its platform can support gigabit-class speeds, though its initial offering delivers symmetrical speeds of 200 Mbps. Starry is selling that service, which is free of contracts and data caps, for $50 per month"; during 2018, plans to launch in New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami and Minneapolis :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"Michael Allman is running for Congress [in California] as a Republican. But if his constituents lean left of him on a particular issue before Congress, that’s how Allman will vote. That’s because Allman is running on a direct democracy platform: For every issue, voters in his district will be able to use a blockchain-enabled website to securely log their opinions, and Allman will follow the will of the people." :: Fast Company

Delivery robots pilot program approved by City of Walnut Creek, Calif. :: Government Technology

"The rise of the city as a public-private partnership service model" :: Huffington Post

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