October 29, 2018


Commr. O'Rielly: "I would be remiss if my address omitted a discussion of a lesser-known, but particularly ominous, threat to the First Amendment in the age of the Internet: state-owned and operated broadband networks."  ::  Remarks of Commr. O'Rielly 

“Subs in Chattanooga Up to 100K” :: MuniNetworks

“Better Connectivity Sooner Than Expected in Chicopee [MA] -- Chicopee Electric Light (CEL) has announced that the municipal utility plans to develop a pilot program yet this year to experiment with business connectivity.” :: MuniNetworks

"Could Vermont Become the First State With Universal Broadband?" :: The Nation

"FCC leaders say we need a 'national mission' to fix rural broadband -- Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel ... agree on finding inspiration in the 1930s." :: CNET

"Americans' broadband access is so screwed up that the answer may lie in tiny space satellites" :: The Register

"How bad maps are ruining American broadband -- ISPs are painting over US broadband problems, and the FCC is letting it happen" :: The Verge

"Comcast ... Sees Best Broadband Quarter in 10 Years";  "[B]oth AT&T and Verizon reported earnings this week. AT&T added 31K fiber connected broadband subscribers, but legacy DSL losses of 45K delivered negative broadband growth of -14K subscribers. Similarly, Verizon added 54K Fios FTTP broadband connections, but lost 52K legacy DSL subscribers, for a broadband net add number of 2K for 3Q18." :: Telecompetitor

"'Twisted' fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster" :: The Guardian

California to delay enforcing net-neutrality law while lawsuits proceed :: AP


"More than a dozen cities are challenging the FCC over how to deploy 5G cell sites" :: Washington Post :: The Hill

"5G momentum could benefit fiber industry too" :: FierceWireless

"Cable Leaders Hammer 5G 'Hype'" :: Light Reading

NCTA report:  "Cable Companies and Municipalities:  Natural Smart Community Partners" :: NCTA :: Link to report (pdf)

"The White House demands answers about 5G in new memorandum" :: The Verge :: Boing Boing

“Tariffs Add $200M in Broadband Gear Costs, Threaten US 5G Plans” :: Light Reading

"[Montgomery] County [MD] Council Again Delays Vote on Small Cell Antennas Bill" :: Bethesda Magazine

Overview of AT&T's first mobile 5G "puck" :: FierceWireless

6GHz revamp:  "Wi-Fi could get much faster thanks to a proposed change in the wireless spectrum" :: Popular Science :: POTs and PANs

"Massive MIMO won’t be able to work miracles in every spot, because deploying m-MIMO below 1 GHz requires a huge antenna …  Economically, this will not be the best choice in many areas because the cost of renting space on a tower could be staggering.  In our cost models, deployment of mmWave small cells will actually be cheaper than another round of small-cell densification and widespread use of giant massive MIMO antennas. If Verizon and AT&T deploy 5G-mmW on their existing small-cell sites, they can add tremendous capacity at a reasonable cost. Doubling or tripling the number of small cells, plus Massive MIMO on the macro network, would incur huge, less predictable costs related to fiber deployment and antenna placement." :: FierceWireless

“TIA Offers Latest Thinking on Converting Telecom Central Offices to Data Centers -- driven, in large part, by the arrival of 5G wireless networks, which can support high speeds and low latency.” :: Telecompetitor:: TIA

"MVNO speeds are 23% worse than those from host operator, report says" :: FierceWireless


"Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare" - "Sidewalk Labs wants an independent trust to manage citizen privacy in Quayside." :: Engadget

"FCC Seeks $63M After Lifeline Discounts Used to Buy Ferrari" :: PCMag

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