October 23, 2018


"Why Rural Areas Can't Catch a Break on Speedy Broadband:  Everyone agrees on the mission to connect more people. But no one can agree on how to do it." :: CNET

"Rural Maine communities taking lack of broadband into their own hands" -- "They're tired of waiting for the private sector – and state and federal governments – to bring them up to speed." :: Portland Press Herald

"Rural broadband among top priorities for Maine’s gubernatorial candidates -- All four ... say internet access is critical, but their proposed solutions differ." :: Portland Press Herald

"Why Rural Communities of Color Are Left Behind: A Call for Intersectional Demographic Broadband Data" :: Public Knowledge

"In farm country, forget broadband. You might not have internet at all" :: CNET

"Broadband investment rebounded in 2017, according to a new research study from USTelecom. Expenditures last year were $76.3 billion, up from $74.8 billion for 2016. ... Until last year, however, there had been a two-year decline, with annual broadband capital expenditures dropping from $78 billion in 2014 to $74.8 billion in 2016, which USTelecom blamed on common carrier regulatory classification (Title II) regulations from the [FCC]." :: Telecompetitor

"Colorado Communities Moving Forward on Munis, Local Authority" :: MuniNetworks

"Opelika [AL] Opts to Privatize"-- "Nearby communities still stuck with poor Internet access wanted OPS to serve them also and OPS wanted to add more subscribers, but state law prevents Opelika from expanding beyond their current coverage area. As in the case of Bristol, Virginia, when a state prevents a municipal network from growing and increasing revenue, the state makes it difficult for the network to remain sustainable." :: MuniNetworks

"Small ISPs and the Internet Bill of Rights":  "It’s virtually impossible for small ISPs to violate any of these principles. That creates an opportunity for small companies to differentiate themselves from the big ISPs. I think small ISPs need to tout that they are for net neutrality, that they value customer privacy and that they will never misuse customer data. I have a few clients that do this, but very few make this one of the key ways to differentiate themselves from the big ISPs they compete against." :: POTs and PANs

"NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association is asking the FCC to allow stakeholders and outside experts to review CAF II buildout plans for entities that won funding in the recent CAF II auction to bring broadband to unserved areas." :: Telecompetitor

"Telcos flailing against tide to turn into dumb pipes -- Streaming, 5G, and thoughts and prayers are being deployed by telcos to be anything other than bit handlers." :: ZDNet

Profile of SpaceX's Starlink plans :: Digital Trends

"As it crosses the finish line on an 18-month mission to deploy DOCSIS 3.1-enabled services across its entire footprint, Comcast is already testing a new network configuration mixing Distributed Access Architecture with Full Duplex DOCSIS capabilities." :: Multichannel News

ITIF backs FCC in net neutrality court brief :: ITIF

"States’ Rights, Net Neutrality, & 5G: Broadband Is a State-Based, Title II, Telecommunications Utility Service." :: Medium


"Crown Castle increases outlook for small cell deployments in 2019" -- "The company says it will now build up to 15,000 small cell nodes in the coming year, marking a 50% jump from its previous projections." :: FierceWireless

"Cable Nearly a No-Show in mmWave Auction" - "At this stage, there appears to be much more interest from cable operators in the 3.5 CBRS band"  :: Light Reading

"Google details its interest in Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum sharing" :: 9to5Google

Beware the 5G hype:  "If you believe the hype in the press, we’ll start seeing big benefits from 5G in 2019 and 2020. I can promise you a blog at the end of next year that looks to see if any of this hype materialized – but I already suspect the answer will be no." :: POTs and PANs

"5G will unlock whole new applications -- here are the most promising" ("surgery from afar," self-driving cars, drones, virtual reality) :: CNET

"Dish says its IoT network is real and will be a first for U.S." :: FierceWireless

"A top T-Mobile executive said that edge computing could well bloom into a major opportunity, but not anytime soon." :: FierceWireless


23 Texas cities sue Time Warner Cable  over unpaid cable franchise fees :: KWTX

"Why the golden age of streaming could be coming to an end" :: The Verge


"Google's new video-game streaming service could mark the beginning of the end for gaming consoles" :: Business Insider


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