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June 14, 2018

BROADBAND

"AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Paves Way For Industry Overhaul" :: Law360 (sub. req'd)  :: Wired 

. . . "The dumb pipe era is over" :: TDG Research

. . .  "With net neutrality gone and mergers galore, it's a new Internet" :: Axios

. . . reaction from Public Knowledge :: Public Knowledge

. . . Consumers Union:  "When These Companies Get Bigger, They Don't Get Better" :: Consumers Union

. . . DOJ considering appeal, etc. :: CNN

Chmn Pai reiterates that "heavy handed" and "utility-style" Title II regulations hold back deployment of broadband; does not specify which ones, or how :: Marketplace

. . . . . . "The basis for killing network neutrality rules is bogus, studies say -- FCC Chair Pai oversimplified reason for dip in broadband deployment, an analysis of data shows" :: Center for Public Integrity

"Charter Claims Killing Net Neutrality Means Better Broadband" --  "'Without the regulatory overhang of these rules however, businesses like ours will have the certainty they need to make infrastructure investments over the long-term, helping more people get online and enabling even faster broadband,' Charter claims. 'This includes bringing high speed broadband to more hard to serve areas, including rural communities."  But again, nothing in the rules stopped Charter from doing this previously, and anyone claiming otherwise is playing fast and loose with the facts. Charter executives have even acknowledged, repeatedly on record, that the rules never hurt the company's ability to invest."  :: DSLReports

"Comcast, AT&T, Verizon say they have no paid prioritization plans" :: Ars Technica

"California’s Net Neutrality Bill Has Strong Zero Rating Protections for Low-Income Internet Users, Yet [the state] May Ditch Them to Appease AT&T" :: Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF Blasts AT&T, Verizon Attack on Line Sharing Rules :: DSLReports

RURAL Broadband Act  (S.2970) would restrict use of RUS funds for rural broadband, limiting to totally unserved areas with no existing USF support ::  Multichannel News :: House of Representatives

"Study Highlights the Windfall of Rural Broadband Access"  (re: Blandin Foundation Minn. study) :: Beckley, W.Va. Register-Herald :: Government Technology

"How to Connect Rural America:  Get the Fact Sheet" :: MuniNetworks

"Municipal fiber network in Syracuse could bring lots of possibilities" :: WRVO

Birmingham, AL exploring citywide broadband strategies :: WBRC

"Mount Washington voters approve funding for broadband network" :: Berkshire Eagle

More on New Hampshire law enabling municipal broadband public private partnerships :: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

"Building Fiber a Mile at a Time": Profile of Hagerstown Fiber (MD):: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"FirstNet Has Arrived: What EMS Professionals Need to Know about Public Safety’s Broadband Network" :: FirstNet.gov

. . . "Eligible First Responders Can Now Get Individual Plans Through FirstNet" :: Telecompetitor

"5G Subscriber Forecast: By 2023, LTE Will Still Outnumber 5G Subscriptions by 5 to 1" :: Telecompetitor

"5G May Replace [Wireline] Broadband in Parts of Norway," as Telenor retires copper plant :: Light Reading

"Will 5G Phones Need WiFi?" :: POTs and PANs

"Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have designed and fabricated a tiny, but incredibly fast, reliable, and accurate 28-GHz transceiver [3 mm x 4 mm] meant for stable high-speed 5G communications." :: Phys.org

VIDEO

"AT&T’s Time Warner merger kicks off a new era of streaming-video monopolies -- "[T]he overall point is hard to miss. After Verizon bought AOL and Comcast bought NBCUniversal, carriers are very much in the content business. The only question is how they’re planning to press their new advantage." :: Verge

OTHER NEWS

"E-Commerce Might Help Solve the Mystery of Low Inflation" :: New York Times

3Q USF contribution factor is 17.9% :: FCC

"Can smart cities be equitable?" :: Brookings

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