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June 28, 2018

BROADBAND

"In Iowa and elsewhere in rural America, glacial broadband speeds conflict with FCC reports" ..."Now Iowa is cut off from billions in broadband subsidies, and residents are ineligible for help." :: The New Food Economy

"Unreliable internet, cell service are hurting rural Pennsylvania’s health" :: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"FairlawnGig [Ohio] Expands its Reach, Touts Municipal Broadband Network Success" :: Telecompetitor

"Cities, the FCC, and Gigabit Networks" - remarks of Blair Levin at Brookings Gigabit Summit :: Benton Foundation

"The City of Oxnard, California recently selected a private broadband consulting agency to assist in creating a Fiber Master Plan for developing a citywide high-speed fiber optic network." :: MuniNetworks

"NTIA Reauthorization Legislation Morphs Into Broadband Bill" :: Multichannel News

"Can weakened California net neutrality bill be saved?" :: San Jose Mercury News

"Facebook Gives Up on Building Internet Drones" :: CNN

"Charter’s gigabit cable with no data caps is ready for 27 million homes -- Charter's top speed starts at $105 and is coming to its whole territory in 2018." :: Ars Technica

"Comcast Dismantles Data Throttling" :: POTs and PANs

"Viasat 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Targets Businesses" :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

Commr. Rosenworcel Announces Availability of Small Cell Model Agreements: 
"Our cities are important partners in this effort.  That’s why today I am making available model agreements for small cell and 5G deployment negotiated by the City of San Jose and approved ... by the San Jose City Council.  Through these agreements, carriers will benefit from streamlined access to thousands of city-owned poles for their small cell deployments.  In turn, carriers will fund a decade long effort to help close the digital divide in San Jose, where more than 95,000 residents still lack access to broadband Internet service at home.  I thank Mayor Sam Liccardo for his leadership, and I share his hope that these agreements can inform the work of cities and towns nationwide to support universal broadband deployment and expand the civic and commercial opportunities of the digital age.” :: FCC (includes links to San Jose documents)

PwC survey of consumer attitudes toward 5G:  "In the growing conversation around 5G, the potential for small cells to “muddy” beautiful communities around the country is a main focus. However, the majority of consumers (69%) feel the benefits of 5G outweigh however unattractive these small cells may be." :: PwC :: Wireless Week

"Globally, many don't see the 5G business case" - "Despite all the hype and attention that next-generation cellular networks have garnered, there are many carriers around the world that are still unsure of the business value of 5G, at least in the short term." :: Axios

"AT&T more than doubles ‘admin fee’ for every wireless customer" - "The fee increase from $0.76 to $1.99 will make AT&T an additional $800 million per year" :: Verge

"Analyst: Cable MVNOs to steal 50% of all wireless customer additions by 2020" :: FierceWireless

 

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