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October 1, 2018


BROADBAND

Minnesota:  "Fond du Lac Indians are creating their own broadband provider" :: Star Tribune

"Idaho Falls Power begins offering high-speed fiber optic access to residents" :: KIFI

"To broaden broadband and bridge Tennessee's digital divide, [GOP nominee governor Bill] Lee said he is open to the idea of lifting the territorial ban that now limits where municipal utilities such as EPB can extend high-speed broadband." :: Times Free Press

Digital divide plays role in credit invisibility :: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (from Benton Foundation)

"Broadband Redlining" :: POTs and PANs

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signs net neutrality legislation :: ABC7

. . . DoJ files suit  :: U.S. Department of Justice :: Multichannel News

WIRELESS

FCC releases text of small cell Declaratory Ruling / Report & Order (see new footnote 253 for discussion of Section 224 exemption) :: Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order

. . . "Local Gov Leaders Criticize FCC’s Small Cell Order" :: Government Technology

. . . "FCC Ruling Strips Small Cell Local Control Mechanisms" :: Government Technology

"Experts worry 5G could widen digital divide in cities" :: The Hill

. . . "We see this play out in NYC, where poles are priced as low as $12 per month in underserved areas yet there are very few providers looking to install in those communities. Our colleagues in rural areas tell us they haven’t been able to attract companies even when offering poles at NO cost." :: Medium

USTelecom's Jonathan Spalter:  "5G—It’s All About the Wires -- 'Wireless broadband' is supported by wired infrastructures" --  "Mobile cellular networks depend on wireline backhaul connections to cell sites, with nearly all wireless traffic traveling over a backbone of fixed networks. They are only wireless in the proverbial “last mile.'" ::  Multichannel News

"Expanded Access to Wi-Fi Is a Keystone in San Leandro, Calif.'s Smart City Plan -- The city council unanimously approved its Fiber Optics Master Plan earlier this month."  :: Government Technology

Update on LinkNYC:  "The roughly 1,600 Links recently hit three milestones: 1 billion sessions, 5 million users, and 500,000 phone calls a month." :: VentureBeat

Breeze Broadband, owned by Union Pacific Railroad, to discontinue fixed wireless internet service :: FierceWireless

"What's the Outlook for 5G in Rural States?" :: Government Technology

"Sprint lost $180M on abandoned monopole network build-out plan" :: FierceWireless

Coverage of last week's White House 5G meeting :: FierceWireless :: Multichannel News

VIDEO

"Massachusetts Senators Propose Bill to Force Charter Out-of-Market TV Carriage -- Say state residents deserve access to local sports, news" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS
 
"What is IPv6, and why aren’t we there yet?" :: Network World

"Internet, social media use and device ownership in U.S. have plateaued after years of growth" :: Pew Research Center

. . . "Cellphone and internet adoption may have peaked in the US" :: Engadget

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