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February 5, 2018

BROADBAND

Blair Levin:  "Trump infrastructure plan not likely to impact rural broadband" :: Brookings

Deb Socia:  "To expand rural broadband, President Trump and Congress should listen to local leaders" :: The Hill

"Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) isn’t joining fellow rural state lawmakers in pushing for dedicated funding for broadband in the infrastructure package. (The White House confirmed Tuesday that it wouldn’t seek to set aside money for that purpose.) Blackburn, leader of the House Energy and Commerce telecom panel, . . . wants to focus on bills to streamline permitting and clear away regulations impeding new networks, and attach them to the infrastructure legislation." :: Politico

"Field Trip to Oklahoma's Lake Region Electric Cooperative" -- "Lake Region Electric Cooperative offers FTTH service to more than 1,000 homes in the rural communities around the city of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. As with electrification, the cooperative is once again providing a much needed utility where no private company would go. This is the internetification of rural America." :: ILSR

"San Francisco's Muni Broadband Network to Require Net Neutrality" :: DSLReports

More on launch of CAF II rural broadband reverse auction -- "The Connect America Fund auction will take place in July, but if you’re a broadband provider (or aspire to be one) you’ll need to indicate your intention to participate by the end of March, presumably so there’s plenty of time for vetting and getting all the necessary paperwork settled." :: TechCrunch

FCC releases 2018 Broadband Deployment Report :: FCC

"Regulating broadband one small inch at a time is not good policy. Any ISP can rattle off a list of a dozen things that don’t work as well as they would like. The only way to get the fresh start we need is with a new telecom act aimed at the new world we really live in." :: POTs and PANs

More on BMG v. Cox music piracy / copyright case:  "Cox gets $25M BMG verdict tossed on appeal but won’t have safe harbor protection at retrial" :: FierceCable

WIRELESS

"Sprint promises to launch nationwide mobile 5G in first half of 2019" :: FierceWireless

"T-Mobile buys 1150 MHz of millimeter-wave spectrum covering Ohio for 5G" :: FierceWireless

"Don't Laugh, Charter is Testing '6G' Wireless" :: Light Reading

City of Renton, WA adopts small cell ordinance :: Renton Reporter

VIDEO

"Clyburn, Blumenthal Call for Return of Comcast/NBCU Conditions" :: Broadcasting & Cable

OTHER NEWS

"Cancer risk from cell phones is small, studies show" :: New York Times :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

"Columbus Issues RFP for the Operating System to Run its Smart City Systems" :: Government Technology

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