June 22, 2018


"The best home internet provider in the US is run by local government":  more on Longmont, CO's Nextlight ranked as fastest ISP in America :: BGR :: DSLReports :: Government Technology

Blandin Foundation report:  "Impact of CAF II-funded
Networks -- Lessons From Two Rural Minnesota Exchanges Left Underserved"  :: Link to report

"Google Fiber Microtrenching Blamed for Surge in Outages" in Nashville; "A spokeswoman for Public Works states that the city mandated microtrenching bury fiber at a depth of at least four inches back in 2016, a requirement that should prevent such disruption. But much of the earlier Google deployments were at a shallower depth, meaning there's likely more outages to come for area Google Fiber customers" :: DSLReports

"Regulations for spending the $600 million appropriated in March for rural broadband will be slow in coming. Here’s why." :: Broadband Communities Magazine

Primer on federal funding programs for rural broadband :: Broadband Communities Magazine

New rural co-op to provide broadband and natural gas in Nevada ::  Elko Daily Free Press

"Consolidated Cooperative (CC) of Delaware, Ohio, plans to bring Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services to rural central Ohio residents as soon as this summer"; using CrowdFiber to plan build :: MuniNetworks

"Passive Optical Network market (PON) revenue rebounded in the first quarter of 2018 after five consecutive quarters of decline" :: BBC Wires

"How broadband [via RS Fiber Cooperative] helped a small town in Greater Minnesota land a high-tech business" :: MinnPost :: MuniNetworks

Profile of Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, one of UC2B network's 256 Community Anchor Institutions :: News-Gazette

Working from home:  an economic development driver :: POTs and PANs

"AT&T Successfully Cripples California Net Neutrality Law" :: DSLReports


Deutsche Bank Research:  “For now, we think Verizon has a leg up on peers in the ‘5G arms race’, given: (1) its millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum position, holding 76% of 28GHz and 46% of 39GHz spectrum in the top 50 US markets (per TMUS regulatory filings), and (2) Verizon’s ongoing multi-year investments in small cells, LTE network densification, and recent fiber builds (with the ability to leverage these investments across several use cases like LTE, 5G, Enterprise, etc.)" :: FierceWireless

"Cary [NC] Takes Next Step in Smart City Initiative" :: Cary Citizen

More on 5G standards approval by 3GPP :: The Register


"ACLU Backs Small Cable Operator Opposition to Sinclair-Tribune
Says it would boost consumer-unfriendly 'take it or leave it' retrans deals" :: Multichannel News

"AT&T Launches Skinny Bundles with Data Plans
30 live channels streaming on WatchTV" :: Broadcasting & Cable


"The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a June 27 vote on the nomination of Geoffrey Starks to succeed Democrat Mignon Clyburn on the FCC" :: Multichannel News

"The Market Has Spoken.   The Market is Broken."  :: MuniNetworks

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