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June 19, 2018

BROADBAND

Who's the fastest ISP in the United States?  "Nextlight, that's who. If you don't know Nextlight, that's because you're not in or around Longmont, Colorado—Nextlight is the local gigabit ISP there, run by the local electrical utility. ...  [T]here's no denying small local players like this are the best hope we all have for seeing major gains in connectivity speed." [following NextLight in rankings:  Google Fiber, Sonic, and Chattanooga EPB]  :: PCMag

" [W]e don’t really have a rural broadband problem – we instead have a rural big telco problem....There are undoubtedly a few small telcos that are not making the needed upgrades, but for the most part the smaller telcos are doing the right thing – they are reinvesting into the rural areas and making the upgrades needed for the future.  The large telcos have done just the opposite. ...  I don’t expect the big telcos to spend a dime of their own in rural America once the CAF II upgrades are finished."  ::  POTs and PANs

Connecticut:  "Municipalities sue PURA over broadband decision" :: Hartford Business Journal

"Bartow, Fla., has its sights set on plugging smart utility metering into its fiber-optic backbone, and officials say that could grow into a municipal Internet project." :: Government Technology

Topeka, Shawnee County elected officials "voted 7-0 to conduct outreach to broadband service providers, including doing interviews and putting out a 'request for information' from companies interested in helping meet the needs of residents of Shawnee County, including Topeka." :: Topeka Capital-Journal

Average home broadband use is 190 GB / mo.; more than 95% is video :: DSLReports :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"San Jose, CA to roll out largest small cell deployment of any US city":  "The [AT&T, VZ and Mobilitie] partnerships will put small cells on 4,000 city-owned light poles and will bring more than $500 million of private sector investment." -- "AT&T ... will form a full public-private partnership (P3), including using small cells to lay the groundwork for mobile 5G service. Verizon will install small cells, fiber and upgrade larger cell towers for its 4G LTE network. Mobilitie will deploy small cells in traditionally under-served areas to increase connectivity." :: SmartCitiesDive  . . . 

. . . "San Jose’s Telecom Pacts Expand Broadband Infrastructure, Digital Equity"  :: Government Technology

"London Mayor Details Plan to Grow 5G, WiFi and Full Fibre Broadband" :: ISPreview

FCC launches regulatory review of T-Mobile - Sprint merger :: The

Hill

VIDEO

"AT&T is already planning more acquisitions, days after buying Time Warner -- AT&T unveils new video service and is buying more companies to boost advertising" :: Ars Technica

. . . "AT&T to Launch $15 Skinny TV Service This Week" :: DSLReports

OTHER NEWS

Senate votes to reinstate ZTE sales ban :: BusinessDay

 

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