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December 17, 2018

BROADBAND

Commr. O'Rielly doubles down:  "Muni Broadband’s Ominous Threat to the First Amendment" :: FCC

“FairlawnGig Brings Better Connectivity to Akron Business Hub -- After building out the community of 7,500 residents at the end of 2017, Fairlawn, Ohio began expanding its municipal broadband service beyond city limits through a collaboration with the Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN)" :: MuniNeworks

USDA announces $600M RUS "ReConnect" "e-Connectivity" rural broadband loan/grant program :: USDA :: RUS Notice of Funding Availability

. . . “Gotchas in the e-Connectivity Grant Program":   "The program has a gotcha slipped in by Congress that no more than 10% of the locations covered by the program can already have existing broadband 10/1 Mbps or greater speeds. This is a giant change from past RUS award programs that allowed up to 85% to have 10/1 speeds.” :: POTs and PANs 

"Telecom Associations Applaud Broadband Moves in Newly-Passed Farm Bill" :: Telecompetitor

“Oregon Cities Enjoy Fast Internet. Rural Areas Not So Much” :: Government Technology

"The Racial Digital Divide Persists" :: Free Press

"Effects of broadband availability on total factor productivity in service sector firms: Evidence from Ireland" :: Telecommunications Policy

“A Year Without Net Neutrality: No Big Changes (Yet)” :: Wired

“One Year Later, Net Neutrality is Needed More than Ever -- The most shocking example of how the net neutrality repeal has left Americans unprotected took place this summer, during the Mendocino Complex fire. . . . For 8 months, the Santa Clara County Fire Department begged Verizon to stop throttling its broadband service, which it needed to coordinate emergency response [to] the fire. Verizon agreed to stop throttling the Fire Department’s broadband service after the department agreed to pay more than double of what it had been paying previously.” :: Medium

“The Future of American Broadband Is a Comcast Monopoly” :: Motherboard  

WIRELESS

"More states expected to pass small cell legislation in 2019" :: FierceWireless

"The Three “Ps” of Managing Small Cell Applications: Process, Process, Process" :: CTC Technology & Energy

"New Cell Equipment to Go Underground, Palo Alto Says" :: Government Technology

"2019 is looking good for the tower industry" :: FierceWireless

Deloitte forecasts slow rollout of 5G :: BusinessInsider

"5G rides one last wave of hype before reality sinks in" :: CNET

“Cable 5G Transport Shows Promise & Complexity"  -- "Cable could be 5G's savior.  MSOs possess the robust wired backhaul network that 5G requires plus the space and power requirements needed for small cells that will connect users at a high-speed, low-latency level." :: Light Reading

“Cable industry to add 1.6M mobile customers in 2019, analysts predict” :: FierceWireless

OTHER NEWS

Proposed Q1 Federal Universal Service Program contribution factor:  20% :: FCC Public Notice

Huawei argues FCC can't block USF funding for targeted companies :: Multichannel News

"The Future of Remote Work" :: Government Technology

"Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy":  free seminar organized by Next Century Cities, Public Knowledge and American Action Forum, January 15 in D.C. :: Link to invite & registration

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