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March 9, 2018

BROADBAND

"Why Low-Income Communities Are Building Their Own Internet Networks" :: Fast Company

"This is how big cable companies make sure they never face real competition" -- "Where municipal internet has taken off, it’s overwhelmingly been loved by residents — which, of course, means that telecoms companies have to nip this potential threat in the bud." :: BGR

Los Angeles city councilman "proposed that Los Angeles study creating a new publicly owned and operated department to provide affordable broadband internet services to residents." :: LA Times

Grand Coulee, WA:  "Owning fiber, town considering broadband expansion" :: The Star

Town of Estes Park, CO considers public broadband project :: Trail Gazette

Town of High River, AB to implement broadband utility :: High River Times

Broadband bond on the ballot in Sharon Township, Michigan :: MuniNetworks

"Northern Wisconsin Leaders Frustrated With Lack of Broadband Service and Rates" :: WPR

"Broadband Can't Save Us, Off-Farm Jobs Can" :: AgWeb

9th Circuit selected to hear consolidated net neutrality challenges :: Reuters  :: Multichannel News

"U.S. Broadband Services Not World Leaders, Study Finds" :: Multichannel News

"Cable capex still peaking with major network investment," but "capex as a percentage of revenue will drop from a current level of 15% in the cable industry to around 10% [over the next five years]. Meanwhile, capex per home passed will fall from $140 to $120." :: FierceCable

"Oregon Gives Comcast $15 Million Annually For Doing Nothing" :: DSLReports

WIRELESS

"Residents worried about small cell safety have been waiting for years for federal guidance" -- "Cities ask the government for guidance on radio-frequency exposure -- with no answer in sight" :: Center for Public Integrity

"Tower companies cheer AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile network build-outs" :: FierceWireless

"5G Preemption is Coming" -- "The streamlined broadband deployment the FCC is contemplating will lessen local control without making rural build-outs more likely" :: NextGov

"How Sacramento became Verizon's first 5G city" :: RCRWirelessNews

"A 5G Smartphone Timeline for 2019" :: Light Reading

OTHER NEWS

"Rural Online Transactions Valued at Nearly $1.4 Trillion Annually"; "about 14% of all online transactions or seven percent of the U.S. gross domestic product." :: Telecompetitor

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