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December 7, 2018

BROADBAND

"Ten Best Metros for Remote Workers:  Where Fast Internet Meets Affordable Real Estate":  (1) Chattanooga, TN-GA; (2) Shreveport, LA; (3) Kansas City, MO-KS; (4) El Paso, TX; (5) Pittsburgh, PA; (6) San Antonio, TX; (7) Oklahoma City, OK; (8) Jacksonville, FL; (9) Piedmont Triad, NC; (10) Charlotte-Gastonia, NC :: Extreme Tech

NRECA report: "Unlocking the Value of Broadband for Electric Cooperative Consumer-Members" :: MuniNetworks :: Link to report

“North Carolina Communities Draw Up Internet Service Wishlist” :: Government Technology

City of Salem, OR issues RFP for Broadband / Wi-Fi planning (RFP #189138), responses due Jan. 11, 2019 :: ORPIN

“How rural America is turning into a digital desert” :: Marketplace

"Native Americans On Tribal Land Are 'The Least Connected' To High-Speed Internet" :: NPR

“Groups Warn FCC Flawed ‘Robotext’ Order May Hurt Consumers, Reduce Federal Broadband Funding”: "The proposed classification [of SMS as "information service"] will deprive the Universal Service Fund -- which funds both Lifeline and the Connect America Fund (CAF) -- of billions of dollars in contribution-eligible revenue at a time when the existing contribution pool continues to decline alarmingly." :: Public Knowledge

“Ajit Pai buries 2-year-old speed test data in appendix of 762-page report" :: Ars Technica :: FCC

"AT&T/Verizon lobby misunderstands arrow of time, makes impossible claim -- USTelecom claims the 2018 net neutrality repeal boosted investment in 2017." :: Ars Technica

WIRELESS

"Why 5G Hype Is Out of Control This Week" :: Gizmodo

Legislators send letter to FCC seeking action on 5G health concerns :: FierceWireless

"Sprint may tackle market for in-home broadband internet" :: FierceWireless

"Verizon to double 5G Home speeds in 6 months" :: FierceWireless

“Verizon network chief on mmWave 5G: ‘I have nothing left to say to the skeptics’” :: RCR Wireless

"[W]hat’s behind all this sudden AT&T 5G enterprise rhetoric?" :: Telecompetitor

“The High Cost of US Cellular Broadband” :: POTs and PANs

VIDEO

"AT&T’s New DirecTV Now Plan: ‘Thin Out’ Bundle, Reset Price Point to ‘$50-$60’" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

“FCC Chair Ajit Pai Admits Millions of Russian and Fake Comments Distorted Net Neutrality Repeal -- Over 22 million comments were received, most of them using identical language, temporary or duplicate addresses, or believed to be generated by spambots.” :: Fortune :: CNET

"All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things" :: Ars Technica

"More than 200 companies are calling for a national privacy law. Here's an inside look at their proposal." :: Washington Post

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