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October 19, 2018


BROADBAND

"Chattanooga's municipal power utility triples initial forecasts for telecom venture" -- "The municipal power utility now provides telecom connections to more than 60 percent of all homes and businesses in its service territory, allowing EPB to repay its initial telecom investment years ahead of its original forecast and helping to provide an extra $42 million a year back into its electric system.  'Contrary to the fears some had about us spending power funds to pay for this service, our power rates are actually 7 percent lower than they otherwise would be because of our Fiber Optic network and the business it has generated for us'"  :: Times Free Press

“Court Confirms Texas Home Rule Authority to Build, Finance Community Network” :: MuniNetworks

More on Chicopee [Mass.] Electric Light's plans for municipal broadband rollout :: The Reminder

Breckenridge, CO Town Council approves $8M for fiber network :: Denver Post

Western Massachusetts:  Arbitrator decides against Massachusetts Technology Collaborative in dispute involving $90M middle mile project, awards $12.2M to Axia / KCST :: Berkshire Eagle

. . . "The state's fiber-optic 'middle mile' network was supposed to hasten broadband internet access in unserved towns across Western Massachusetts, providing technological equity in our digital age. . . . But as a recent legal ruling makes clear, a state agency's big bet — paid for with $90 million in taxpayer chips — was based only on a hunch." :: Berkshire Eagle

"The people of Egremont [Mass.] have had it with Charter Spectrum and their shenanigans. After the latest issue pushed them too far, the town’s Select Board voted to give the company the boot. . . . Charter Spectrum had proposed connecting 96 percent of Egremont’s households for approximately $1.185 million, the lion’s share to be funded by a Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) last mile grant. The company, however, had not calculated make-ready costs correctly until after making their proposal. After examining the situation in Egremont, Charter Spectrum has almost doubled the estimate for the project to $2.285 million."  :: MuniNetworks

"Comcast Declares Victory In Gigabit Home Internet Race:  Comcast on Thursday said it had completed expanding its gigabit-speed broadband service to nearly every home in its service area."; DOCSIS 3.1 deployment complete :: Fortune :: Multichannel News

"Pai: USTelecom Research Shows FCC Broadband Policy Is Working" :: Multichannel News

"Rural Americans Struggle with Poor Broadband Access" :: Voice of America

Overview of Tennessee's efforts to address digital divide :: Tennessean

USDA hopes to have "solid plan" by the end of the year for $600M Rural Broadband Pilot program :: Telecompetitor

"For many years the best broadband in cities was found in single family homes. But today some of the best networks and fastest data speeds are found in the high rises” :: POTs and PANs

"New Funding Source for Telehealth and Community-owned Broadband" :: Craig Settles

"[D]ramatic slowdown in global growth of internet access - Report showing dramatic decline in internet access growth suggests digital revolution will remain a distant dream for billions of people" :: The Guardian

“GAO Joins Critics of FCC Broadband Availability Data -- reiterates key criticisms that others also have made about Form 477 data” :: Telecompetitor

"Hurricane Michael A Wake Up Call On Why Total Dereg of Telecom A Very Bad Idea." :: Tales of the Sausage Factory

NY PSC gives Charter Spectrum another 30-day extension to file exit plan :: News10ABC

WIRELESS

"For Wireless Broadband, Raleigh Finds Common Ground Through Partnerships" -- "While there is occasional pushback from wireless providers, the relationship between the city of Raleigh and telecom wireless providers is one built on partnerships and compromise." :: NLC

"How 5G pits big carriers and government against small towns:  A federal mandate to streamline the process for building out 5G could leave a lot of local municipalities feeling burned."  :: CNET

"Arlington [VA] Moves to Embrace 5G Tech, Though Critics Worry County is Dragging Its Feet" :: ARLnow

“Austin Lags Other Texas Cities in Rolling Out 5G Infrastructure -- Austin has failed to keep pace with federal and state guidelines for preparing for 5G's rollout, city officials acknowledged.” :: Government Technology

"5G is coming, but not everyone is happy about it -- Despite the promises of better wireless service, the prospect of more antennas on city streets is prompting one California neighborhood to fight Verizon and the FCC." :: CNET

The basics of the upcoming millimeter wave auctions :: POTs and PANs

Profile of lesser-known bidders in upcoming spectrum auctions :: Fortune

"Verizon said it’s ready to deploy 3.5 GHz CBRS services now. . . . Verizon views the 3.5 GHz band initially as an 'outdoor play' that the carrier will enable largely through the small cells it is deploying in cities across the country." :: FierceWireless

"3.5 GHz CBRS stakeholders duke it out ahead of FCC vote" :: FierceWireless

"Vendors increasingly pushing LTE for private wireless and fixed wireless networks" :: FierceWireless

More on Microsoft's use of white space spectrum to serve rural areas in Michigan U.P. :: 9&10News

"Report: 5G Smartphone Costs Will Require Return to Subsidy Pricing" :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

“AT&T video performance lags competition -- despite its focus on content through major deals to acquire DirecTV and Time Warner” :: Mobile World Live

OTHER NEWS

"The New York Attorney General’s Office subpoenaed over a dozen different telecommunications lobbying groups on Tuesday to help determine whether they were behind an estimated 9.5 million fraudulent comments posted in support of the rollback of net neutrality."  :: The Verge

"Artificial Intelligence Special Report" :: New York Times

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