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July 2, 2018

BROADBAND

"High-speed broadband, autonomous vehicles and small-town and rural communities":  "The lack of high-speed broadband has hampered economic growth in small-town and rural America for the past two decades, and could mean these communities will be largely excluded from AVs." :: SmartCitiesDive

"South Dakota Cooperative Brings Super Fast Internet to Rural Residents" -- "Venture Communications Cooperative connects more than 30 communities in central South Dakota with some of the fastest Internet service in the U.S..... With federal stimulus money, Venture Communications began building an extensive Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in 2011. ... The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave Venture Communications $2.6 million in loans and $2.6 million in grants to build a FTTH network to about 750 homes and 100 businesses. Venture Communications continued to expand the fiber network and by the end of 2013, the network had nearly covered their entire service area." :: MuniNetworks

NCTA-backed changes to Senate Farm Bill restrict USDA RUS broadband projects: "Currently as much as 85% of a project area can include homes that already receive broadband from another service provider. The Senate Farm Bill calls for that number to decrease to just 10%." :: Telecompetitor :: Multichannel News

Michigan:  "Rural Communities Suffer the Most Without Access to the Web" :: Government Technology

City of Jackson, MS plans public-private partnership with Cogent and Litecloud, using city dark fiber :: Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Fort Collins, CO municipal broadband service to be called "Connexion"; "City residents should be able to start plugging into the municipal broadband network in fall 2019, though it will be restricted by geography as the network builds out. City officials expect it to be citywide sometime in 2021." :: Coloradoan

More on Connecticut lawsuits challenging PURA municipal gain space ruling :: MuniNetworks

"A Fresh Look at Zero-Rating" :: Telecommunications Policy

"Shrinking Cellular Backhaul Revenues" :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"Verizon, AT&T to other cities: Don’t use San Jose’s small cell deployment model" :: FierceWireless

"How to Build 5G Networks in the U.S.":  "According to Commissioner Carr, successful 5G deployment demands total coverage, not just in major cities. Low-density rural areas may have different infrastructure needs from low-income urban areas, but high-speed internet connectivity is essential in both contexts. ... Without low costs and wide coverage, 5G deployment may expand gaps in high-speed internet access rather than shrink them." :: Brookings

 "5G wireless networks could accelerate the smart city revolution. But the technology's hefty price tag has meant few takers so far." ::  Government Technology

"Hawaii Broadband Law Clears Way for 5G Development" :: Government Technology

"6 executives quietly pulling the strings on cable's convergence into wireless" :: FierceCable

AT&T trials fixed 5G in Indiana :: ZDNet

VIDEO

"Univision Stations Go Dark to Dish, Sling TV Subscribers" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"You Should Be ‘Significantly Concerned’ There’s No White House Cyber Coordinator" :: NextGov

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