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April 5, 2018

BROADBAND

"This week, six more Colorado towns and cities were given the option of opting out of SB 152, and the results weren't even close. ... [T]he towns of Firestone (1568 to 347), Frisco (634 to 69), Lake City (222 to 18), Limon (347 to 92) Severence (621 to 118) and Lyons (526 to 139) all voted overwhelmingly to invalidate SB 152, showing (again) how community broadband tends to have strong, bipartisan support among a public tired of substandard monopolies." :: DSLReports :: Denver Post

"With three new laws on the books and more cities and counties opting out of a restrictive state law with each election cycle, Colorado's renewed interest in broadband is also paralleled on a national scale." :: StateScoop

Update on San Francisco citywide fiber RFP; decision expected by April 30 :: San Francisco Examiner

"Is the FCC’s BDAC falling apart?" :: FierceTelecom

"Former FTC Chair [Jon Leibowitz] Takes Aim at State Broadband Bills" :: Multichannel News

"14 Gigabit Projects in 5 Cities Get Mozilla Money" :: NextGov

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R) says 51 percent of rural Missourians don’t have access to broadband;  Missouri House voted 149-1 to approve legislation  that would enable the state’s rural electric cooperatives to make unused capacity available for residential and commercial broadband purposes :: OzarksFirst

NTIA launches revamped BroadbandUSA website :: Multichannel News :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"5G:  Health Risks and Nimbyism" -- "Expect to see a lot more concern about RF exposure and 5G health risks in the coming years, now that the FCC has relaxed rules on small cell deployment and 5G radios are beginning to be rolled out." :: Light Reading

"Soaring ‘SuperTowers’ Aim to Bring Mobile Broadband to Rural Areas -- One tethered, autonomous aerostat flying at 250 meters can provide as much coverage as 20 or 30 cell towers" :: IEEE Spectrum

"Can wireless broadband come to the rescue of remote [Massachusetts] towns?'" :: Berkshire Eagle

"The First 5G Standard Is Complete -- So What's Next?" :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"Comcast, Charter, Cox Form New Advanced Ad Group" -  NCC Media "will use non-personally identifying data and targeting capabilities to create advanced advertising products and will launch later this year." :: Multichannel News :: Telecompetitor

OTHER NEWS

"FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is slamming her own agency for selling out consumers and competition simply to please broadcasting giant Sinclair." - "'“Every element of our media policy is custom-built for the business plan of Sinclair Broadcasting," said Rosenworcel. "That is stunning, it is striking, and it looks like something’s wrong. And I’m not the only one to think that. We’re burning down the values of media policy in this agency in order to service this company." :: DSLReports

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