January 18, 2019


**Broadband Communities Annual Summit, April 8-11 in Austin, TX; early bird registration ends soon :: Broadband Communities **

U.S. is falling behind by ceding telecom infrastructure and policy to large incumbents, says Susan Crawford; "The solution may be to track what happened with electrification a century ago — start small. 'There are 700 communities and cooperatives across the country, many of them in Republican areas, that deeply understand this issue and are pragmatically working on building fiber networks. Just as with electricity, you start on the local level and gradually shame the feds into doing something.'" :: LA Times

"Internet service for rural Georgia could come from power companies" :: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Mississippi House Advances Bill to Allow Electric Co-ops to Build Broadband Networks" :: Nonprofit Quarterly
Anacortes, Washington, Solidifies Plans for Better Connectivity With Muni Network :: MuniNetworks

"Oregon Communities Continue Slow-Speed Pursuit of High-Speed Internet" - "Dissatisfaction with privately run Internet prompted Hillsboro and Multnomah County to investigate other alternatives, namely government-run options, but gaining traction has been slow." :: Government Technology

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee "proposes broadband access for all"; announces creation of State Broadband Office :: Medium :: WNPA

"Stevens Point [WI] could soon offer fiber optic internet service to the entire city" via TDS Telecom :: WSAW

"Reaching Across the Aisle on Tech Policy" - coverage of "Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy" meeting in DC earlier this week :: MuniNetworks

"USDA shutdown is hurting rural internet expansion" :: StateScoop


"One potential answer would be for the city to deploy one neutral host network that can support the subscribers of all operators. This would eliminate the need to process the myriad of small cell requests for the operators, reduce the visual impact of adding mobile infrastructure to the urban core, and improve the economics for the operators. There are a number of key technologies which are coming on line now which can enable a neutral host network to support all subscribers..." :: RCRWirelessNews

"Sprint preps Atlanta for 5G with Massive MIMO deployment" :: FierceWireless


"NBCUniversal Launches Streaming Service" :: Telecompetitor

"TDS Nextstar Disputes Continue as TDS Releases Second Video to Customers" :: Telecompetitor


"The Pushback Against Smart Cities" :: POTs and PANs


"Montgomery, Ala., Begins the Smart City Metamorphosis" :: Government Technology

"Robocalls are the target of the TRACED Act newly introduced in the Senate by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) Among other things, the bill would require voice service providers to adopt call authentication technology." :: Telecompetitor


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