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November 13, 2018

BROADBAND

“Tax Change Deters Rural Co-ops From Expanding Internet Access -- Cooperatives could potentially lose their tax exempt status if they accept government grants for broadband expansion and disaster recovery — an unintended yet foreseeable consequence of the Republican “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” passed late last year.” :: MuniNetworks

“Aurora voters pave way for municipal broadband service -- On Tuesday, Aurora became the largest city in Colorado so far to pursue the idea of a community-operated internet service.” :: Denver Channel

Breckenridge, CO issues RFI  "for ISPs interested in delivering services via their future publicly owned fiber network. Responses are due November 26th, 2018." :: MuniNetworks :: Link to RFI

Massachusetts:  "WiredWest retools to advance last-mile broadband plans" :: Berkshire Eagle

"Georgia Lawmakers Grapple with Rural Broadband, Right-of-Way Rules" :: Government Technology

More on $600M rural e-Connectivity Pilot grants from USDA:  "Anybody interested in these grants should get serious about it now, since it’s likely that the grant application window might not be any longer than 60 to 90 days." :: POTs and PANs

"Sprint is throttling Microsoft’s Skype service, study says" :: Bloomberg

“SpaceX changes plans for its Starlink project, wants satellites to orbit at lower altitude” :: Neowin

WIRELESS

"Ten Strategies to Protect State and Local Property After the FCC’s Small Cell Preemption Order" :: Baller Stokes & Lide, P.C.

"Sacramento’s 5G story dimmed by legal spat involving Verizon, XG": "Sacramento was approached by Verizon to be one of the operator’s first 5G cities, and so it inked a separate $100 million deal with Verizon that went around [the city's] agreement with XG Communities. ... [A] Superior Court judge ruled that several key provisions of the city’s agreement with Verizon violated the city’s contract with XG.  The ruling calls into question the legality of some aspects of Verizon’s network in Sacramento, and a judge has since rendered a final ruling that requires the city to make good on its contract with XG." :: FierceWireless

“Rural Kids Face An Internet ‘Homework Gap.’ The FCC Could Help” by allotting EBS spectrum licenses to rural school districts; "The idea was to mount transmitters on schools to blast broadband into surrounding communities, using UETN [the statewide Utah Education and Telehealth Network] as the core" :: Wired

“Microsoft Airband Partner Added in Northwest, Aims to Reach 73K with Fixed Wireless” :: Telecompetitor

"FCC Commissioner slams San Jose mayor for not approving 5G cells… then slams him for approving them" :: The Register

Intel says its 5G modems will be in phones, etc. in the first half of 2020 :: BGR :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

"Comcast uses NBC to harm other cable companies, rivals say"; ACA asks for DOJ investigation :: Ars Technica

"On life support: Record number of pay-TV watchers cut the cord" :: Axios :: Light Reading

"Comcast set-top box for cord cutters may double as smart home hub" :: SlashGear

“T-Mobile Mini Internet TV Box Spotted At The FCC” :: Ubergizmo

OTHER NEWS

Cable ONE to acquire Clearwave :: Telecompetitor

“Fighting [robocall] Spoofing – [by issuing] ‘tokens’ to carriers that allow them to authenticate, in real-time, that the originating number of a telephone call is really from the party that owns the number. This will mean a whole new overlay on the PSTN to make this validation quickly before a call is terminated.” :: POTs and PANs

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