January 9, 2019


“Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Advances Fiber Network Project"-- "The 30-year agreement – with SiFi Networks – will come at no cost to the city while also lowering the cost of being connected -- the deal ... will also ensure that the city's most underserved neighborhoods will be connected.” :: Government Technology

"Portland [MI] ready to measure interest in citywide internet service" :: Ionia Sentinel-Standard

New ISPs and economies of scale :: POTs and PANs

"Indiana Electric Co-op Acquires Local ISP to Enhance Broadband Service to Members" :: MuniNetworks

“Minnesota Commerce Department files complaint over Frontier Communications service” :: Twin Cities Pioneer Press


“Verizon and T-Mobile Take Swipe at AT&T Over Its '5G E' Upgrade” :: Fortune :: Ars Technica

“Carriers rush to announce 5G smartphones at CES” :: FierceWireless
"Verizon’s 5G promise: It won’t falsely claim 4G phones are really 5G" :: Ars Technica

"Verizon CEO Vestberg Takes 5G Hype to 11 at CES" :: Multichannel News

“Windstream CEO Eyes Gigabit Fixed Wireless, Sees Copper Becoming '"Irrelevant'" -- "Windstream gets speeds of 100 Mbps using fixed wireless technology in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, but expects to also use the technology in the millimeter wave band to deliver gigabit speeds," particularly in areas with flat topologies like Nebraska and Iowa :: Telecompetitor

"Disney and Verizon digging into 5G media possibilities together" :: FierceWireless

"Opposition to T-Mobile/Sprint merger grows" :: FierceWireless


"The Future of Video Streaming" --  "[T]he biggest news is not that there will be more [OTT] competitors – it’s that each of the creators of unique content is intending to only offer their content on their own platform. This is going to transform the current online landscape.  The big loser might be Netflix." :: POTs and PANs

"Retransmission Battles Rage on with TDS Nexstar Blackout the Latest Example" :: Telecompetitor

"Cable rates are on the rise again, with pricing for video and broadband service at the largest operators across the country increasing modestly as operators focus more on beefing up special charges to offset rising sports and retransmission consent costs." :: Multichannel News


“AT&T Preps for New Layoffs Despite Billions in Tax Breaks and Regulatory Favors” :: Motherboard

"I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone. --
T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country." :: VICE

Coverage of "flying taxi" panel at CES -- Uber seeks to pilot all-electric aerial vehicles in Dallas and L.A. by 2023 :: Government Technology

"Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy" -- half-day event Jan. 15 in D.C. aims to bring together members of Congress, community leaders and policy experts to discuss "key policy goals and action steps for the new Congress, with a specific focus on rural broadband, digital privacy and security, and spectrum legislation" :: Next Century Cities

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