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December 10, 2018

BROADBAND

“Charlemont [MA] rejects Comcast broadband offer; opts to build $1.4M fiber optic network” :: Mass Live
 
“Grant PUD in Washington Aiming to Connect Entire County  -- they’ve decided to dedicate an additional $12.6 million in new funding toward infrastructure to speed up the project -- With the additional funding for 2019, the Grant PUD will reduce the original deployment goal from 10 years to five.” :: MuniNetworks
 
“Bedford County [VA] officials to discuss broadband agreement -- scheduled to hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday about a proposed agreement between Bedford County and Roanoke-based Blue Ridge Towers (BRT) for the estimated $3 million project.” :: Roanoke Times
 
"Five-Year Trends Available for Median Household Income, Poverty Rates and Computer and Internet Use" :: U.S. Census Bureau

"In Philadelphia, Comcast’s hometown, the chasm between internet haves and have-nots looks intractable, new census data show" :: Philadelphia Inquirer

“Can Microsoft’s Airband Initiative close broadband gap for 25M Americans?” :: Digital Trends

"Road Map to Connecting the Under-connected: Towns and cities at core of digital inclusion policies and partnerships" :: Medium

"Researchers say wireless companies are slowing down video streams" :: Marketplace

“Net neutrality could get a reprieve once Democrats take control of the House” :: NBC

WIRELESS

“Femtocells Instead of Small Cells? -- "I have just seen the future of broadband and it does not consist of building millions of small 5G cell sites on poles. ... It’s fairly obvious that a hybrid femtocell / WiFi network has a huge cost advantage over the deployment of outdoor small cell sites on poles. ... This technology obviously favors those who have built fast broadband – that’s cable companies that have upgraded to DOCSIS 3.1 and fiber overbuilders."  :: POTS and PANs
 
"Maryland City Leaders Prepare for a Fight Over Small Cells" :: Government Technology

“FCC to probe whether major carriers gave false coverage information” for FCC’s Mobility Fund Phase II mapping program :: Reuters
 
“Be wary of callers claiming to be from Verizon telling you to reset your phone for 5G coverage” :: Phone Arena

OTHER NEWS

"Wall Street is expecting a two-year pause in big media and telecom deals after a crazy 2018" :: CNBC

"Senators Urge FCC to Spike Text Message Plan":  "'“We urge you to right this wrong and classify text messaging as a telecommunications service, affording this vital means of communications protections that promote innovation and support freedom of speech'" :: Politico :: Multichannel News

Baltimore animal shelter using facial recognition to reunite pets and owners :: Baltimore Sun

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