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April 25, 2018

BROADBAND

"Mapping The Urban-Rural Digital Divide in Georgia" :: MuniNetworks

"We saw from Qwest and Charter that the first thing that goes in tight times is upgrades of technology. When those companies got into trouble they froze technology investment and innovation during a time when broadband speeds were climbing everywhere else. ... My guess is that Frontier is not going to get the chance to reinvent themselves. They are struggling at a time when most of their rural communities are screaming for better broadband." :: POTs and PANs

Paid prioritization as a means to address the digital divide:  "Ditching net neutrality might let [Pioneer Communications, a rural Kansas nonprofit] charge Netflix a toll to use its local roads — and create the income needed to keep those roads capable of handling heavier traffic." :: KMUW Wichita NPR

"Ajit Pai hasn’t finalized net neutrality repeal—here’s a theory on why" :: Ars Technica  :: Tales of the Sausage Factory

"RIP Net Neutrality Unless Resurrected By Legislation Or A Court" :: Forbes

"Sens Klobuchar, Kennedy Introduce Bipartisan Privacy Legislation to Protect Consumers’ Online Data" :: U.S. Senate

Section 230:  "The next big battle over internet freedom is here" :: Vox

"Telemedicine is getting trendy, but doctors may not be keeping up" :: Washington Post

WIRELESS

"American Cities Are Fighting Big Business Over Wireless Internet, and They’re Losing" - San Jose Mayor Liccardo:  “It’s often lost on the public just how badly they’re being screwed” :: Bloomberg

City of San Jose reaches tentative agreement with AT&T for deployment of small cells on 750 city-owned light poles; AT&T to pay $1,500 per year per pole :: ABC7

Santa Fe City Council considers five new franchises for wireless and fiber use of ROW, with 2% franchise fee;  citizens group files lawsuit based on RF sensitivity concerns :: Santa Fe New Mexican

"Microsoft Airband Project Gains Another Partner, Targets Rural Virginia Fixed Wireless Project";  "Fixed wireless broadband deployments are likely to dominate Rural Airband, as Microsoft has said fixed wireless would be the most appropriate technology for 80% of the areas that the initiative targets." :: Telecompetitor :: Delmarva Now

"High-Stakes Broadband Drama at FCC as CTIA, CCA Float Compromise CBRS Proposal, But WISPA Begs to Differ" :: Telecompetitor :: FierceWireless

AT&T, Verizon Outline FirstNet Interoperability Details; Rural Specifics Remain Light :: Telecompetitor

"Does the race to 5G really matter?" :: FierceWireless

"As fiber project wraps up, [Huntingburg, IN] considers free wifi" :: The Herald

Chicago airports offer free unlimited ad-supported Wi-Fi :: Chicago Tribune

VIDEO

"Verizon Targets OTT Video at 5G Markets" :: Light Reading

"Over-the-Top TV Viewing Up 114% in Q1" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

Susan Crawford:  "Calling Facebook a Utility Would Only Make Things Worse" :: Wired

"Privacy control settings give people more rope to hang themselves.  Facebook has figured this out, so they give you incredibly granular controls." :: New York Times

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