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January 2, 2019

BROADBAND

Vinton [IA] Municipal Electric Utility deploying FTTP network this year :: MuniNetworks

Traverse City [MI] Light & Power "nears end of search for fiber vendor"; set to select either Fujitsu or ALLO :: Government Technology

"One of the smallest towns in [Massachusetts] now has some of the fastest internet around.   [The Town of Alford, pop. 486] has connected 91 percent of subscribers to the newly installed town-owned AlfordLink system ... operated by Westfield Gas & Electric/Whip City Fiber." :: Berkshire Eagle

"This Western Mass. town [Charlemont] rejected Comcast and will build its own broadband network" :: Boston Globe

"Homegrown internet provider brings Castle Rock [WA] area out of 'dark ages' -- 'I had people telling me they were thinking of selling their house because they couldn’t get internet for their kids to work (on homework),' Steele said. 'As I started digging in, I was like, ‘You have to be kidding me. We have to start an internet company here.’ ” :: TDN

"Disconnected: Internet access remains elusive in much of rural America and the nation's inner cities" :: UK Daily Mail

“Rural NY Officials Have Issues With State Broadband Plan -- The broadband (plan) implied everyone was going to (fiber-optic cable), instead it has been a mix of some fiber, but mostly wireless broadband,””:: Government Technology

“Remember the Dumb Pipe?” :: POTs and PANs

"U.S. Internet satellite service OneWeb offers to sell minority stake to Russia" :: VentureBeat

"USDA Official: States and Localities Need Skin in the Game for Rural Broadband to Succeed" :: Telecompetitor

"2019 Outlook: Net Neutrality ‘Ping Pong’ Battle to Rage On" :: Bloomberg

WIRELESS

“AT&T’s 5G network speeds feel a lot like 4G LTE right now” :: BGR :: Android Authority

"2018 was the year of 5G hype. The 5G reality is yet to come" :: Washington Post

“5G Will (Almost) Make Smart Cities Possible -- The biggest single challenge, however, is security.” :: Light Reading

“2019 Preview: CBRS ecosystem proves how sharing works” :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"Beginning next week, TV customers on Verizon Fios and Charter’s Spectrum service could be hit by widespread channel blackouts after the companies' contracts with major programming giants expire." :: Washington Post :: Multichannel News

. . . Verizon and Disney reach agreement :: Multichannel News

“Five Signs That the US Cable Industry Is Fracturing” :: Light Reading

OTHER NEWS

"Telecom Predictions for 2019" :: POTs and PANs

"Tech predictions for 2019: It gets worse before it gets better" :: Washington Post


 

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