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April 30, 2018

BROADBAND

"Rural Maine Towns Join Forces With Their Own Broadband Utility" :: MuniNetworks

"Voters will decide whether or not the City of Pella [Iowa] should establish a municipally-owned telecommunications utility during a special election Tuesday." :: KNIA/KRLS

"An FTTP Milestone in Alford, Massachusetts" - "[A] remarkable achievement for a town of only about 500 residents" :: CTC blog

Update on broadband for Berkshires (Mass) towns :: WAMC

The importance of local broadband advocates:   "If a community really wants broadband, my first advice is to create the advocacy group first and then get out of their way." :: POTs and PANs

"Anything But Maps":  "Spending the money to create a map of existing fiber is mostly a fool’s errand. ... Unfortunately, mapping sounds like a logical thing to do and it’s something that politicians can latch only to show they care about broadband shortages.  I’ve repeatedly heard the argument that we can’t start to solve the broadband issue until we know what we already have in place. The reality is that it’s nearly impossible to create a meaningful map, and even should you do so it’s not going to really show fiber that is actually available for use. My advice is to use scarce broadband funds for anything else but mapping. There are plenty of unscrupulous consultants who will take money to create maps that they know will be worthless." :: POTs and PANs

"TDS Gets Aggressive, Plans to Overbuild Charter, Frontier with Fiber Broadband" in Wisconsin :: Telecompetitor

"Charter gigabit has now been rolled out to approximately 23 million U.S. homes and the company expects to extend this service to most of its 41-state market by the end of the year." :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

Sprint and T-Mobile reach deal to merge :: New York Times :: Wired

. . . "The Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Will be a Job & Competition Killer" :: DSLReports

"The 5G wireless revolution will come, if your city council doesn’t block it first" :: TechCrunch

"Isn’t [5G] just another iteration, bringing incremental changes that are no big deal?  No. No, it isn’t." :: TNW

"AT&T Thinks Fiber Makes More Sense Than Fixed 5G" :: DSLReports

"FCC: High-Band 5G Spectrum Cleared for Take-Off in 2019" :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"Viewers Are Ditching Cable For Streaming Faster Than Anyone Expected" :: Fortune

"Charter Spectrum Stock Tanks on Cord Cutting Fears" :: DSLReports

"Cable TV prices have been soaring for 20 years, which probably explains why everyone’s cutting the cord" :: BGR

"Copyright Royalty Funds From Cable Diminish for Third Straight Year" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"US Ban on Huawei Would Trigger Turmoil in Telecom Industry" :: Light Reading

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