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December 3, 2018

BROADBAND

U.S. Treasury Dept:  "Expanding Internet Access:  Bank Financing for Rural Broadband Initiatives" :: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency . . .

. . . additional resources on rural broadband financing and development :: OCC

"Three economists from Purdue University ...  took a stab at quantifying the benefits of bringing broadband to all of the areas served by Rural Electric Member Cooperatives (REMCs) in the state of Indiana. ... The results are eye-catching and the study calculates a net present value of $24,293 to every cooperative household." :: POTs and PANs

"Cumberland Electric Membership Corp. ...  is exploring the idea of bringing broadband internet service to its nearly 99,000 members across the electric provider’s five-county service area." :: Leaf Chronicle

“Mississippi Public Service Commission Requests Law Change: "Let Electric Co-ops Offer Broadband!"  :: MuniNetworks

"Your 4K Netflix Streaming Is on a Collision Course With Your ISP's Data Caps" :: VICE

"What the [federal] government is doing on internet access" :: Axios

“A Roadmap to Better Broadband Grants” :: POTs and PANs

“Bipartisan interest is growing on Capitol Hill in using a year-end funding bill to force the FCC to take stock of the accuracy of its broadband data.” :: Politico
 
WIRELESS

"Cities prepare for 5G small-cell wireless, amid worries about local control and tight timelines" -- "[I]t’s clear that local jurisdictions need to act if they are to have a meaningful role in shaping the outcome." :: MLT News 

Cities ask to move FCC 5G preemption lawsuit to 9th Circuit (from Steve Blum) :: Tellus Venture Associates

“Broadband Incumbents Should Be 'a Little Bit Nervous' About Starry" -- "Starry has been using mmWave signals ... to deliver symmetrical speeds of 200 Mbit/s, starting at $50 per month," mainly for MDUs; plans to expand to 20+ markets and offer service to single-family homes in 2019   :: Light Reading

“AT&T 2019 5G Roadmap Adds 19 Cities, Promises Speeds of 400 Mbps Even Without 5G” :: Telecompetitor

“Stafford [VA] moves ahead on rural wireless broadband, seeks grant" :: Potomac Local

OTHER NEWS

"The economics and tradeoffs of ad-funded smart city tech" :: TechCrunch

"Between The Jetsons and Black Mirror: Google Reveals New Plan For Smart City" :: Forbes

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