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December 5, 2018

BROADBAND

"Electricity 2.0: Small cities rush to innovate on [broadband Internet access]" :: Axios

"Another Texas Town Considers Fiber Infrastructure" -- "Lampasas experienced four outages totaling 45 hours when local construction projects accidentally cut AT&T fiber, the only Internet connection into town. Without a redundant line, the community’s residents, businesses, emergency services, and hospitals were cut off for days as AT&T repaired the breaks." :: MuniNetworks

"Fort Collins' [CO] municipal broadband utility will get a boost thanks to Platte River Power Authority's existing fiber optic network." :: Coloradoan

"Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says" :: New York Times

"USTelecom Measures Rural Broadband Gap: 65% of Rural Areas Have 25/3 Mbps Vs. 98% of Non-Rural Areas" :: Telecompetitor

"How the 116th Congress Could Close the Digital Divide" :: SHLB

"Microsoft, SpaceX, and T-Mobile's various plans to bring broadband to rural America" :: ZDNet

"Wealth is driving how people get the internet" :: Axios

Susan Crawford:  "The Sneaky Fight to Give Cable Lines Free Speech Rights":  "[I]f the cable industry gets its way, internet access—today's basic utility—will be treated just like the press for First Amendment purposes, giving it a free pass in perpetuity from any governmental oversight." :: Wired

"The Slow Growth of Telemedicine" :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"San Rafael, Calif., Moves to Limit Small Cells in Spite of FCC" :: Government Technology

Comcast CFO:  "[T]he threat of 5G to our broadband business is not significant any time soon " :: Light Reading

"AT&T rep says 5G is only for infill in rural California, and she’s probably telling the truth" :: Tellus Venture Associates

"Wireless Carriers Won't Comment On 5G's Most Important Question: How Much Will It Cost?" :: TechDirt

"The Educational Broadband Service and Why it Matters for Schoolchildren and Unserved Communities" :: Benton Foundation

"The first ‘real world’ 5G test was a dud -- AT&T and Verizon were supposed to show real 5G, but the speed is missing in Maui" :: The Verge

More on AirBand:  "Microsoft expands broadband initiative to bring internet to 3 million people in rural communities" :: GeekWire

"Cable players hint at a return of the femtocell" :: FierceWireless

"Samsung, Verizon will partner on 5G smartphone in first half of 2019" :: CNET

"Apple Will Wait Until at Least 2020 to Release a 5G iPhone" :: Bloomberg

"The Future of Power is Wireless" with "smart off-grid" technologies :: Forbes

"Nokia Report: IoT Botnet Activity Poses Significant Malware Threats to Service Provider Networks" :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

"Kagan: Broadband-Only Homes Surging, 23% Now Ditch Traditional Video" :: Telecompetitor

"Retrans Will Rise in Wake of Nexstar-Tribune Deal" :: Multichannel News

"The High Cost of Sports Programming" :: POTs and PANs

"AT&T’s Video Strategy Is Extremely Complex: Can They Pull It Off?" :: Telecompetitor

"It’s the beginning of the end of satellite TV in the US" :: Quartz

OTHER NEWS

"'What is the FCC hiding?' Pai still won’t release net neutrality server logs --
FCC denies NYT appeal, says producing requested records is too hard." :: Ars Technica

"Inside House Democrats’ Plans to Investigate the FCC and Net Neutrality" :: Mother Jones

"How Can Smaller Cities Join the Growing AI Economy?" :: Government Technology

"The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s" :: New York Times

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