November 6, 2018


18 Colorado local  governments vote on community broadband today :: VICE

"Penn State study find[s] rural broadband speeds are even slower than suspected" :: Philadelphia Inquirer

"How San Jose is Closing the Digital Divide" :: NLC

More on Longmont (CO) NextLight's 54% take rate:  "While large national providers focus their efforts to capture customers with gimmicks such as reduced introductory rates that later increase, LPC has appealed to subscribers with a series of intelligent moves that show their commitment to the community."  :: MuniNetworks

State of North Carolina announces broadband grant program :: NC GREAT Grant Program

Telecom reform must wait until at least 2020, even if Dems win House :: Law360 (sub. req'd) 

“Zoom: 'Almost 100%' of Product Line Hit by Tariffs” :: Light Reading

Ukraine has world's cheapest Internet at $5/mo (with 50% adoption), Mauritania most expensive at $768.16 :: Emerging Europe :: Worldwide Broadband Price Comparison


"Where Will 5G Find Fiber?" -- "[T]hese carriers are not going to own a lot of fiber that goes deep into neighborhoods where the 5G providers want to deploy. Most of the fiber built deep into residential neighborhoods has been built by fiber-to-the-premise overbuilders or cable companies. These companies use their fiber to sell retail broadband to residents and businesses. Fiber overbuilders, from Google Fiber down to the smallest municipal fiber network are not likely to sell fiber to the pole in neighborhoods where they are already a retail ISP." :: POTs and PANs

"Verizon to Break Up Wireless Unit in Reorganization"; "Hans Vestberg is reorganizing the company's divisions by the types of customers served, rather than by the type of service provided." :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd) :: . . .

. . . "Verizon Reorganization Driven by 5G Plans" :: Telecompetitor :: Multichannel News

"American Tower: CBRS and C-band are big opportunities on path to 5G" :: FierceWireless

"U.S. Cellular eyes 5G for fixed wireless" :: FierceWireless

“CoBank Skeptical of Verizon 5G Home, 5G Fixed Wireless Forecasts" :: Telecompetitor :: CoBank

"Alaska Communications Will Use Fixed Wireless for CAF Broadband Buildouts" :: Telecompetitor

"Kansas City, Missouri, is weighing private-sector bids for an ambitious, comprehensive smart city public-private partnership that will oversee a gamut of next-generation technologies—everything from an integrated data analytics platform as well as support and expansion of internet-of-things sensors and supporting wireless networks." :: FierceWireless


FCC grants waivers for smaller cable operators from user-interface rules implementing the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) (which requires communications to be accessible to the sight- and hearing-impaired :: Broadcasting & Cable

“Tis the Season for Rate Increases -- The cable TV increases follow the pattern we’ve seen among the big cable companies in that they are raising ancillary fees instead of the basic prices for cable packages -- Charter is hoping the speed increases will help to justify the $5 broadband rate increase that a lot of their customers are going to see.” :: POTs and PANs

“Dish-HBO Carriage Spat Could Have Big Carryover” :: Light Reading
“HBO Blackout Shows Dangers of Media Consolidation” :: Public Knowledge

"Public Knowledge on HBO Blackout: We Told You So" :: Multichannel News


"Strange snafu misroutes domestic US Internet traffic through China Telecom -
Telecom with ties to China's government misdirected traffic for two-and-a-half years." -- "It remained unclear if the highly circuitous paths were intentional hijackings of the Internet’s Border Gateway Protocol or were caused by accidental mishandlings." :: Ars Technica

"The Goals of Antitrust:   The Legislative Perspective" :: Benton Foundation

Nearly 1/2 of young users have deleted Facebook from phone in the past year :: CNBC

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