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January 25, 2018

BROADBAND

ILSR's updated community broadband map includes more than 750 communities :: ILSR Community Networks  :: Telecompetitor

. . . "The trend of towns and cities building their own broadband networks only continues to grow."  :: DSLReports

. . . "[W]hat is surprising is the political composition of these towns and cities: they are most frequently conservative-leaning, Republican-voting places." :: Boing Boing

"Clyburn Pushes Broadband Advisory Committee to Support Muni Buildouts -- Democratic commissioner says communities should have choice" :: Multichannel News

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo resigns from BDAC:  "It has become abundantly clear that despite the good intentions of several participants, the industry-heavy makeup of BDAC will simply relegate the body to being a vehicle for advancing the interests of the telecommunications industry over those of the public" :: The Hill :: Mayor Liccardo's resignation letter

BDAC votes to recommend One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) for pole attachments :: Light Reading

"Verizon won't be using tax cut to boost spending on network upgrades... [T]ax savings will boost balance sheet" :: Ars Technica

"The Value of Broadband Competition" :: POTs and PANs

Broadband's positive impact in five rural Minnesota communities :: Broadband Communities Magazine

"Broadband to the Neighborhood:  Digital Divides in Detroit" :: Quello Center

"Dark Fiber Versus Lit Fiber" - "San Francisco is considering two options for a citywide open-access network.  Both are good, but one option offers significant advantages ... The dark fiber model has limitations but is far preferable to today’s model. The lit fiber model eliminates a barrier to entry and opens the broadband network to a wide array of new services. Yes, there are challenges, but the outcome for the community would be epic." :: Broadband Communities Magazine

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) plans fiber network - "CVEC will install and own the fiber-optic cable, and offer internet services to its members through a subsidiary" :: Broadband Communities Magazine

"Is price diversity a bad thing for consumers or does it foster broadband take-up, especially by laggards?  Academic research finds that tariff diversity is a driving factor for broadband adoption and does not impede take-up...  These results suggest that demands by some public interest groups to limit price discrimination in broadband markets should be viewed with caution." :: Benton Foundation

"Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights," says AT&T :: Benton Foundation

. . . "AT&T CEO's net neutrality plan calls for regulation of websites" :: Ars Technica

. . . "'AT&T Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds'" :: Common Dreams

NYC Mayor's Office of the CTO issues "Truth in Broadband" RFI to "establish transparency and accountability in how carriers provide internet service to consumers" :: City of New York

"Success of Net Neutrality Lawsuit Depends on Role of Precedent in FCC Decisions" :: WESA

"Burger King Jumps Into Net Neutrality Debate" :: DSLReports

Charter touts rural broadband strategy :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

Charter plans fixed 5G wireless tests in Orlando; Reno; Clarksville, TN; Columbus, OH, Bakersfield, CA; and Grand Rapids, MI :: VentureBeat

"Wi-Fi evolves 5G-like capabilities":  "As the lines between licensed and unlicensed spectrum blur, Wi-Fi will evolve alongside cellular and be part of the broader 5G platform, bringing 5G-like capabilities to non-spectrum owners such as cable operators, city authorities or private network providers." :: Wi-Fi360

VIDEO

T-Mobile closes Layer3 TV purchase :: FierceCable

OTHER NEWS

"Big Tech's new worst enemy:  telecoms" :: Axios

"Internet Association ramps up state activities" :: Broadcasting & Cable

"The Internet is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of 'Good Morning!' Texts" :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

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