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November 29, 2018

BROADBAND

"America is going to fall drastically behind the rest of the world, particularly China, when it comes to high-speed broadband internet access, according to a new report."  ... "[A] series of huge planned rollouts will take [China] from its current four per cent [Gigabit service] coverage to 42 per cent of the Middle Kingdom's 456 million households in the next five years.  By contrast, the United States will have only 37.7 million users with super-fast internet by 2023 – just over 11 per cent coverage. The report argues that such a disparity represents 'a massive advantage to Chinese businesses.'  ... While the US is weighed down by an oligopolistic market with a small number of large broadband companies that avoid competing with one another to form local monopolies and maximize profits, China is focused on the end goal of getting gigabit to the masses." :: The Register :: Rethink Report : Gigabit broadband forecast to 2023 

"Grant County, Oregon, Getting Closer to Bridging the Digital Divide" :: MuniNetworks

“Downtown Clermont, Fla., is going high tech by offering free Wi-Fi services throughout the city's downtown district.” -- "[T]he city has been laying fiber throughout the area for the past four years. Amplifying that is as simple as mounting Wi-Fi sensors on existing street lamps throughout downtown to allow public connectivity." :: Government Technology
 
“Dalton, Georgia, Officially A Gig City --  OptiLink is the first municipal network in the state that offers residential gigabit Internet access to subscribers.” :: MuniNetworks
 
“House Democrats Who Haven’t Supported Net Neutrality Yet Have All Taken Money from Telecoms” : Motherboard
 
“On the anniversary of the repeal of net neutrality, FCC Chair Ajit Pai now proposes another goodie for carriers – classifying both short codes and text messages as Title I “information service” rather than a Title II telecommunications service -- playing cutesy games with regulatory definitions will have a bunch of unintended consequences that the draft order either shrugs off or fails to consider.” :: Harold Feld's blog
 

WIRELESS

“Senators Press FCC for Action on White Spaces -- Specifically, they want the FCC to finalize its reconsideration proceeding and its database accuracy proceeding so that broadband providers can invest in rural connectivity.” :: Multichannel News
 
“EXCLUSIVE: The spectrum bands carrying the most data, broken down by carrier” :: FierceWireless
 
“Sprint Expects 5G Mobile Hub in First Half of 2019 -- the hub likely is a hotspot that will use Wi-Fi between the hub and a current-generation smartphone or other device, with 5G providing the connection between the hub and the Sprint network.”  :: Telecompetitor
 
“Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices” :: Verge
 
“FCC 5G Auction Tops $316M Late Wednesday Evening” :: Light Reading

VIDEO

FCC Extends Cable Rate Dereg Comment Period to Jan. 10 for comments and Feb. 11 for replies :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"The Justice Department unsealed charges Wednesday accusing two Iranian men of hacking into American hospitals, universities, government agencies and the city of Atlanta" :: Washington Post

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