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September 11, 2018



***SPECIAL:  Baller Stokes & Lide memo summarizes FCC’s draft small cell order:   Scheduled for vote on September 26, the draft Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order would affect access to public ROW and government-owned structures for the installation of Small Wireless Facilities ::  BSL Memorandum



BROADBAND

"Could small-town power companies bring internet to rural Georgia?" :: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"W.Va. residents, businesses continue to languish in broadband desert" --  "If we’re going to see our desert watered and blooming, we’ll be digging our own wells, meaning, building our own networks. The incumbent telephone companies and the cable TV providers bristle at this idea. ... Municipal or community owned fiber is a serious threat to the status quo." :: State Journal

“More than half of rural Americans say it’s hard to access high-speed internet - It isn't related to household income or educational level.  :: CNET . . .

. . . "About a quarter of rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem" :: Pew Research Center

GAO report:  "FCC's Data Overstate Access on Tribal Lands" :: Government Accountability Office

"It’s ridiculous to be having discussions about setting the definition of broadband at 25 Mbps when the two biggest ISPs in the country have base product speeds 5 to 8 times faster than that. States with broadband grant programs also have the speed conversation and this will hopefully alert them that the new goal for broadband needs to be at least 100 Mbps." :: POTs and PANs

Blair Levin & Larry Downes:  "Why Google Fiber Is High-Speed Internet’s Most Successful Failure"  ::  Harvard Business Review

"Massachusetts near completion of its broadband extension project" :: WWLP

"Springfield [Mass.] council hears arguments for community broadband" :: WWLP

Vermont:  "EC Fiber expanding internet access to new communities" :: NBC5

“Tech Giant, Local Agencies Work to Bring Broadband to Rural Virginia” :: WVTF

"Winners of the CAF II Auction" :: POTs and PANs

"Starting an Internet Service Provider - Part 2 - Deploying Fiber" :: Chris Hacken

"ISPs Engage In Last Gasp Bid to Derail California’s Net Neutrality Law" :: VICE

WIRELESS

"AT&T AirGig could mean 100-megabit rural broadband in 2021 - Expect hundreds of megabits per second, maybe even a gigabit, even in sparsely populated areas -- as long as homes are near power lines." :: CNET

"AT&T CBRS Fixed Wireless Deployments Will Offer Residential Broadband Alternative" :: Telecompetitor

"Verizon could gain 1M fixed 5G customers by next year, analysts predict" :: FierceWireless

"The 5G lessons from Google Fiber's failure" :: Axios

American Enterprise Institute on FCC 5G regulation of local governments :: AEI

“Bay Area city blocks 5G deployments over cancer concerns” :: TechCrunch

"What is 5G?" :: ITIF

“FCC’s Rosenworcel urges rethink on 5.9 GHz band” :: Fierce Wireless

Federated Wireless Files with FCC to Start Deploying CBRS in October :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"Washington may be flailing, but in the rest of America, 'local patriotism' ... is alive and well" (also:  "Repeal ... life tenure for Supreme Court justices. The nine seats should have staggered 18-year terms, with one coming open every two years.")   :: Politico (from Gary Bolles)

Eighth Circuit ruling "found that Minnesota's state government cannot regulate VoIP phone services offered by Charter and other cable companies because VoIP is an 'information service' under federal law. " :: Ars Technica

"After Nabbing Billions In Tax Breaks, AT&T's Promised Job Growth Magically Evaporates" :: TechDirt

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