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November 8, 2018

BROADBAND

"Facebook could lay fiber broadband along Central Oregon highways -- ODOT would give up right of way in exchange for broadband access" :: Bend Bulletin

"Colorado Voters Continue to Reclaim Local Authority with Gusto" :: MuniNetworks

"Loveland (CO) council re-votes on broadband, will build network without public vote" :: Reporter-Herald

US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) goes to the Senate :: Ars Technica

The FCC’s Strategic Plan – (1) Closing the Digital Divide – (2) Promoting Innovation – (3) Protecting Consumers & Public Safety – (4) Reforming the FCC’s Processes -- The FCC’s goals are so nebulous that they can almost do the opposite of the goals and still claim to meet many of them.” :: POTs and PANs

"The net neutrality fight isn’t over. Here’s what you need to know" :: CNET

"House Democrats to Spotlight Net Neutrality, Broadband Access" :: Bloomberg  (sub. req'd)

"Pluralities of Democrats and Republicans Want Congress to Focus on Data Protection - Subject outweighs other issues, such as net neutrality, that have less bipartisan support" :: Morning Consult

“Agenda for the 116th Congress: Bring Back Consumer Protection and a Fair Marketplace” :: Public Knowledge

Harold Feld:  "Why You Should Treat Any Predictions About Telecom/Tech Policy in 2019 Skeptically." :: Tales of the Sausage Factory

"Can you Trust Your Small ISP?"  "Commissioner O’Rielly has it backwards . . .  Small ISPs don’t use deep packet inspection to read emails or messaging. Small ISPs don’t record and then sell or use customer web search history. Small ISPs don’t track what their customers do on the web. Smalll ISPs don’t monetize their customer’s data. Commissioner O’Rielly ought to talk with some customers of the two ISPs he’s singled out. Those customers will tell them that they trust their local municipal ISP far more than they trust Comcast or Charter or AT&T. The Commissioner’s talking points come straight from the big ISP lobbyists and he further supports his position by citing a discredited whitepaper paid for by the big ISPs. If the Commissioner spent more time outside the Beltway he’d find out that people love and trust their small ISPs – be that a municipality, a fiber overbuilder or a small telco." :: POTs and PANs

Cuts to Lifeline program could hit veterans hard (op-ed) :: Washington Times

"Salt Lake City Commits to Ending Digital Access Inequality" :: Government Technology

NTIA BroadbandUSA webinar on broadband and health care, Nov. 14 2-3 p.m. :: NTIA

WIRELESS

"Altice CEO: 5G won’t be a threat to cable for ‘an extremely long time’" :: FierceWireless

"5G and Cable:  Realizing the Opportunity":  5G fixed wireless access (FWA) "is a double-edged sword for the cable industry."  FWA could compete with cable broadband, but "existing cable infrastructure — aerial plant in particular — can be leveraged for rapid small cell deployment . . . .  [I]t addresses the three key challenges of such deployments: site access, backhaul and power." . . . .

"Freedom Mobile ... has installed small cells on aerial strand [i.e., strand-mounted] with distances between sites ranging from 175 to 225 meters, with 4G small cells that can be equipped to support up to three RF modules with 2×2 multiple-input multiple-output and up to 2×5 watts of transmit power."  :: RCRWirelessNews :: link to technical paper

"Dish’s Ergen hints at cable interest in its planned 5G network" :: FierceWireless

"Private 5G networks are coming -- Control over security is prompting big industrial companies to explore private 5G wireless networks." :: NetworkWorld

Rural Broadband Advocates Write Letter to FCC  to Expand Broadband for Rural Telehealth Using TV White Space :: MHealth Intelligence

"Getting Set for CBRS Commercial Deployment: Another Piece Falls in Place with FCC Certified CBRS Module" :: Telecompetitor

"US operators are expected to turn on Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) infrastructure, some before the end of the year." :: Light Reading

VIDEO

“Comcast may debut a set-top box for internet-only customers in 2019 -- Comcast is planning a streaming set-top box for internet-only subscribers that would unify Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube and other services.” :: Engadget

"HBO Hits Back at Dish, Says AT&T Ownership Not the Reason for Carriage Dispute" :: The Verge

OTHER NEWS

“AT&T to cut off some customers' service in piracy crackdown -- "A small number of customers who continue to receive additional copyright infringement notifications from content owners despite our efforts to educate them, will have their service discontinued.”” :: Axios :: Ars Technica

“Why Doctors Hate Their Computers -- physicians spent about two hours doing computer work for every hour spent face to face with a patient— the average workday for its family physicians had grown to eleven and a half hours.” :: New Yorker

"Why robocalls have taken over your phone" :: Vox

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