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July 3, 2018

BROADBAND

Kentucky:  "Statewide Broadband on Track for 2019-20" :: The Lane Report

Loveland, CO picks Nokia to design municipal fiber network :: Reporter-Herald

"Fort Collins Broadband Bonds Issued and Sold Out" :: North Forty News

"Despite Forward Progress, Broadband Access Remains an Issue in Michigan" :: Government Technology

Wisconsin Broadband Director Angie Dickison discusses state broadband challenges and grant opportunities :: New Richmond News

Wales:  "Fed up villagers in Michaelston-y-Fedw install ultrafast broadband" :: BBC

"Municipal Broadband May Present Free Speech Concerns," says free-market think tank panelist :: Law360 (sub. req'd.)

"The Value of Persistence":  "Over the years of watching clients launch fiber into hundreds of markets I can assure you there are no magic pills. I’ve come to the conclusion that the two biggest hurdles in the business are first, getting the new network financed, and second, selling to customers.  But there are traits of successful fiber overbuilders that can be duplicated." :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

Harold Feld:  "So What The Heck Does 5G Actually Do? And Is It Worth What The Carriers Are Demanding?" - "My conclusion is that while the Emperor is not naked, that is one Hell of a skimpy thong he’s got on." ::  Tales of the Sausage Factory

"[U]sers of actual mobile 5G services will not be experiencing gigabit -- or close to gigabit -- downloads via mobile 5G in the near future." :: Light Reading

"Comcast starts throttling mobile video, will charge extra for HD streams" -- "[V]ideos will be throttled to 480p (DVD quality) on all Comcast mobile plans unless you pay extra, while Comcast's "unlimited" plan will limit mobile hotspot speeds to 600kbps. Only customers who pay by the gigabyte will get full-speed tethering, but the cost would add up quickly as Comcast charges $12 for each gigabyte." :: Ars Technica

"Tomorrow's 5G networks drive today's airwave scramble" :: Axios

VIDEO

"AT&T promised lower prices after Time Warner merger—it’s raising them instead -- Most DirecTV Now prices go up $5 a month, weeks after AT&T bought Time Warner." :: Ars Technica

OTHER NEWS

"Is Facebook a publisher? In public it says no, but in court it says yes" :: The Guardian

Chmn. Pai appoints David Young as Vice Chair of BDAC, Danna Mackenzie named to full BDAC (from working group) :: FCC

"Drones Take Flight for Local Government" :: Government Technology

"More Cities Turn to Alexa to Field Resident Questions" :: Government Technology

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