January 3, 2019


FCC suspends most operations due to government shutdown :: FCC :: Wired :: The Verge :: NY Post

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN):  "To accommodate a 21st-century workforce, we need to make sure we have 21st-century infrastructure. . . . No serious infrastructure plan is complete without addressing broadband expansion. There is strong bipartisan support for including broadband funding in any infrastructure package, and that's good news." :: Duluth News Tribune

"Two Southeastern states are preparing to tackle whether electric cooperatives can deliver high-speed internet access when lawmakers return to work this month.  For Georgia, the debate is an extension of one that started more than a year ago. In Mississippi, the Public Service Commission is leading a statewide effort to let electric cooperatives do more than sell electricity." :: E&E News

Town of Windsor, MA plans to connect all residents and businesses with FTTH before end of 2019, working with Westfield Gas & Electric :: MuniNetworks
Iowa’s Office of CIO provides up to $1.3 million in funding to improve broadband access for Iowans and address underserved areas :: Daily Nonpareil
North Carolina:  three "Let's Connect" meetings set for late January to discuss better local broadband :: MuniNetworks

“[OR] Governor establishes rural broadband office” :: East Oregonian
“A Strategy for Upgrading GPON” :: POTs and PANs
“FCC's Pai Celebrates Sunset of Hill Effort to Nullify Net Neutrality Dereg” :: Multichannel News


“AT&T Attempts A Head Fake With 'Fake 5G' -- AT&T began replacing the "LTE" (4G) notifier on many users phones with a "5G E" symbol, despite its phones and networks not actually being upgraded to 5G yet” :: Wireless
Harold Feld:  "Why 'Wi-Fi 6' Tells You Exactly What You’re Buying, But '5G' Doesn’t Tell You Anything." :: Tales of the Sausage Factory

"5G Is Coming This Year. Here’s What You Need to Know." :: New York Times

"Dial Down the 5G Hype -- New wireless standard will bring undeniable benefits, but significant business in 2019 isn’t likely" :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

“SK Telecom carries first live TV broadcast over 5G” :: Converge
“C-Band Alliance cites Straight Path, FiberTower deals as examples of precedent for spectrum management” :: FierceWireless
“28 GHz auction to resume as planned despite budget impasse” :: FierceWireless


"Nexstar Wages Retrans Battles on Two Fronts" -- “Nexstar Media Group, currently winding through the approval process for its $6.4 billion purchase of Tribune Media, is fighting retransmission consent battles with two small operators, primarily over pricing disputes. . . . TDS Telecom subscribers in Indiana and Tennessee lost access to three Nexstar stations -- WISH (The CW) in Indianapolis, WKRN (ABC) in Nashville and WATE (ABC) in Knoxville, Tenn., -- on Jan, 1, over what TDS calls a demand for a 129% rate increase.” :: Multichannel News

"Millions of Spectrum cable TV subscribers lose access to local stations amid Charter-Tribune dispute" :: Washington Post


"AT&T, Time Warner Shed 11K Workers in First 9 Months of 2018" :: Light Reading

"In High-Tech Cities, No More Potholes, but What About Privacy?" :: New York Times

“Senate confirms new FCC Commissioners Carr and Starks” :: Tech Crunch


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