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January 19, 2018

BROADBAND

FCC admits mobile can't replace home Internet, won't lower "broadband" speed standard :: Ars Technica  ::  Wired ::  Engadget :: FCC Fact Sheet on  Draft 2018 Broadband Deployment Report

House Democrats, led by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), introduce Community Broadband Act of 2018 to "preserve and protect the ability of local governments to provide broadband capabilities and services" ::  House of Representatives :: Link to HR 4814 ::  Broadcasting & Cable  :: The Hill

"Rural Broadband Momentum Picks Up Steam as Flurry of Legislation Joins White House, FCC Initiatives" :: Telecompetitor  :: VICE

"Your City Wants To Be In the Broadband Business:  We Asked Three Economists For Their Advice" :: Forbes

Cable operators  push for codified overlashing rules to "help spur broadband deployment"; UTC opposes "a rule that would restrict utilities from requiring third party attaching entities to provide advance notice of overlashing" :: Broadcasting & Cable

"Net neutrality ruling got you down?  You can always build your own ISP"  :: TNW

"Editorial:  A legal and political push builds to save net neutrality" :: San Francisco Chronicle

"Net Neutrality Moves Are as Futile as Trump's Comb-Over": "Whatever the scaremongers say, the alternatives of Wheeler's regime and Pai's do not represent a choice between utopia and Armageddon. And the latter could turn out to be as ephemeral as the former." :: Light Reading

"Cincinnati Building Fiber Ring, Pursuing Smart City Projects Downtown" :: Government Technology

"Fort Collins starts mapping residents' interest in broadband" :: Coloradoan

"California wanted to bridge the digital divide but left rural areas behind.  Now that's about to change" :: LA Times

i3 Broadband, acquirer of UC2B, to connect 10,000+ homes to Champaign-Urbana fiber network :: The News-Gazette

"Public Knowledge Files Comments on FCC Chairman Pai's Plan to Further Downgrade Rural America" :: Public Knowledge

WIRELESS

"Crown Castle helps fund Texas 5G Alliance to smooth small cell deployments" :: FierceWireless

Perspective on FCC BDAC subcommittee draft report on Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers:  "While many cities have policies for large cell tower deployments, most cities have not developed any processes for dealing with the myriad smaller cell sites and 5G transmitters that carriers are going to want to deploy over the next decade. I would hope that considering the issues listed in this draft report will prompt more cities to develop friendlier policies and not wait until they have requests for connections and rights-of-way. I’ve talked to many cities who have said that they wish they had thought harder about fiber deployment before a network was built – and the time is now to get ahead of the curve for wireless deployments." :: POTs and PANs

VIDEO

Shrewsbury (MA) Electric and Cable Operations (SELCO) "to shift focus from cable to broadband" :: Community Advocate

"Streaming's live-TV bundles aren't actually saving cord-cutters money compared to cable" :: Quartz

OTHER NEWS

"What is fog computing and why is it important to telecom?" :: FierceWireless

"It's time to revisit the 1996 Telecom Act" :: FierceWireless

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