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January 29, 2018

BROADBAND

"Solving the Rural Broadband Equation:  Fund Infrastructure, Not Carriers" - "If we focus on providing infrastructure,either indirectly by providing necessary inputs (like spectrum) or directly (for example, by building towers or backhaul fiber), we will see entities interested and eager to provide service in regions that traditional carriers do not find sufficiently profitable to be interesting." :: Tales of the Sausage Factory

House Communications and Technology subcommittee hearing on "Closing the Digital Divide:   Broadband Infrastructure Solutions," Tuesday, 10 a.m. ET;  Joanne Hovis, Elin Katz, et al testifying :: House Energy and Commerce Committee

"Dividing the country won't bridge the digital divide" -- op-ed from Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr, (D-NJ) ranking member of House Energy and Commerce Committee :: The Hill

"The FCC's Dedication to 'Rural Broadband' Rings Hollow" :: DSLReports

"Broadband access an ongoing issue" in Appalachian Ohio; citizen group supports Community Broadband Act  :: Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Rep. Pingree (D-ME) co-sponsors Community Broadband Act:  “We should be rolling out the red carpet to communities that are trying to meet the big challenge of having high-speed internet, rather than have the state try to restrict them on behalf of the big utilities and cable companies...It seems very anti-American and anti-entrepreneurial spirit.” :: Portland Press Herald

Lafayette's LUS Fiber "tops nation for saving customers money" :: KATC

"Is Comcast now working with conservative think tanks to astroturf muni broadband?" :: FierceCable

"Santa Maria, California has chosen Wave Broadband to build a fiber ring to include city departments, businesses, schools and residents. The Wave Broadband – Santa Maria public/private partnership aims to spark economic growth and attract high technology to the coastal city" :: Telecompetitor

"Alaska the Latest to Propose its Own Net Neutrality Rules" :: DSLReports

WIRELESS

Crown Castle:  Owning fiber is fundamental to delivering small cell solutions :: FierceTelecom

"Trump Could Nationalize 5G"  --  "Trump's administration is eyeing the construction of a nationalized 5G network as a safeguard against cybersecurity threats from China" :: Benton Foundation summary :: Light Reading  :: Axios :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

"Charter believes fixed wireless access technologies at lower [non-5G] frequencies could be suitable for rural broadband, providing wireline-like broadband connectivity and speeds, and is conducting trials in the 3.5 GHz [CBRS] band." :: DSLReports

"Verizon Remains Confident it Can Deliver 1 Gbps Wireless" :: DSLReports

"Monterey wrestles with the 'small cell' conundrum" :: Monterey Herald

"5G Cellphone Towers Signal Renewed Concerns Over Impact on Health" :: KCBS

. . . "SF Residents Raise Health Concerns About 5G Small Cells" :: Android Headlines

OTHER NEWS

"The FCC Looks Back on a Disastrous Year Through Rose-Tinted Glasses" :: TechCrunch

"Nine American cities are revolutionizing how data can improve lives" :: Quartz

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