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June 6, 2018

BROADBAND

NCTA:  "Rural America Thrives on Gigabit Internet":  "Gigabit internet expansion is here, and it is completely transforming how rural communities grow and thrive. People who once may have flocked to Silicon Valley or big cities are now more likely to consider more remote regions because of the advanced connectivity that would allow their business, entrepreneurial activities, entertainment and social lives to flourish. Small towns are beginning to compete with some of their more urban counterparts when it comes to telehealth, long distance learning, and economic vitality." :: NCTA

. . . "NCTA Touts Rural Cable Gigabit Successes" :: Telecompetitor

USTelecom and NCTA call for modifications to $600 million RUS broadband program, say it should not fund "duplicative construction rather than maximizing coverage across truly unserved areas"; "The smart coordination of RUS with existing programs we know already work, such as the Universal Service Fund, can best help providers extend and sustain broadband into our most rural communities. If this coordination doesn’t happen, projects selected by RUS could risk hollowing out the “Main Streets” of small communities, leaving another program, such as USF, to pick up the surrounding portions at much greater costs." :: USTelecom

State of Georgia House member says small cells are a solution for rural broadband, in targeted Main Street-type areas ::  Northwest Georgia News

Fiber Broadband Association announces certification program for telecommunications and broadband network operators connecting their customers with fiber and all-fiber networks :: Fiber Broadband Association

State of New Hampshire and UNH survey: "New Hampshire has a critical need for reliable, high-speed broadband for the current and future needs of businesses throughout the state" :: BBC wires

New Hampshire Gov. Sununu signs broadband infrastructure bill into law :: Sentinel

"The FCC's Broadband Availability Maps Are a Joke" :: DSLReports

NTIA seeks input on improving broadband availability data :: NTIA

Pew Charitable Trusts calls for additional research into three areas:  broadband mapping, state innovations, and funding/financing models; cites Holly Springs, N.C. and Urbana-Champaign :: The Hill

"FCC Rural Broadband Office Bill Introduced" --  "[T]he Office of Rural Broadband Act ... would create an office at the FCC to coordinate with the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration in the effort to close the rural digital divide." :: Multichannel News

"24 Million Americans Don't Have Access to Broadband—Why Isn't It an Election Issue?" :: VICE

"Carrier Strategies for Climate Change" :: Broadband Communities



WestNGN broadband survey for Asheville, NC region :: Land of Sky Regional Council

Profile of IdeaTek, rural fiber overbuilder in Kansas -- "IdeaTek is making a go at it in rural areas where the conventional wisdom says that the cost of construction is too high to justify a business case for building fiber. The company considered building wireless networks, as is being done by numerous other rural ISPs, but decided that the wireless technology is not sustainable for the long-run." :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"5G:  What is it Good For?" :: Washington Post

"Need to Know: 5G — Riding Wireless’s Next Wave - New standard will accelerate wireless speeds, connect the Internet of Things — and drive competition" :: Multichannel News

"How 5G is going to make smartphones ugly again" :: BGR

"AT&T Prefers Fiber to Fixed 5G" :: DSLReports

Challenges for smartphones to use 5G mmWave technology  :: Light Reading

More on wireless pole attachment price data from BDAC :: POTs and PANs

"Sprint says merger with 'fiercest rival' will 'create robust competition'" :: Ars Technica

"Trump administration could block T-Mobile/Sprint merger, AT&T CEO says" :: Ars Technica

Public private partnership for NYC subway free Wi-Fi :: Broadband Communities

VIDEO

"Video Streaming Dominates Subscription TV in Customer Satisfaction" :: BBC wires

"ATSC 3.0: The future of free antenna TV is coming, eventually -- 
Everything a cord cutter needs to know about free over-the-air 4K HDR broadcasts" :: CNET

OTHER NEWS

Busy agenda for FCC's June 7 Open Meeting :: FCC

NTIA issues NOI seeking input on international Internet priorities :: NTIA

"Worried About Big Tech? Chinese Giants Make America’s Look Tame" :: New York Times

"Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence" :: New York Times

"Public Knowledge Urges FTC to Investigate Facebook’s Data-Sharing Partnerships With Device Makers" :: Public Knowledge

Rep. Cicillini (D- R.I.):  “Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress about whether users have 'complete control' over who sees our data on Facebook. This needs to be investigated and the people responsible need to be held accountable." ::  The Hill

"Google Emerges as Early Winner From Europe’s New Data Privacy Law
Digital ad giants are gathering individuals’ consent for targeted ads at far higher rates than many competing online-ad services, early data show" :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

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