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January 25, 2019

BROADBAND

"Port of Ridgefield, WA, Issues Dark Fiber RFI” :: CTC Technology & Energy

"North Carolina, nation’s first gigabit state? That’s the goal, say state officials" :: WRAL

“Remember When Ajit Pai Said Killing Net Neutrality Would Boost Network Investment? About That...” :: Tech Dirt  :: VICE . . .

. . . "After Net Neutrality repeal, Comcast, Charter and Verizon cut investment in their networks" :: Boing Boing

"Putting Skin in the Game for [Rural] Broadband" :: POTs and PANs

"Tools like the ReConnect Opportunity Map from Cooperative Network Services (CNS) will help reduce some of the uncertainty and time required to prepare an application for this and other funding opportunities. The GIS tool focuses on the ReConnect grant program’s criteria, which will allow users to quickly identify census blocks across the U.S. that are eligible for funding." :: MuniNetworks

WV committee advances broadband and small cells bill:  "House Bill 2005, the Broadband Expansion Act of 2019, will allow electric companies to study the feasibility of constructing and operating middle-mile broadband internet projects to serve certain unserved and underserved areas, as well as establishing the West Virginia Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act and allowing access to public rights of way for the collection of small wireless facilities." :: Williamson Daily News

"Average [broadband] usage for all households was 268.7GB/HH in 2018, up from 226.4GB/HH at the end of June 2018 and a 33.3% increase over the YE 2017 average of 201.6GB/HH.  Median usage was 145.2GB/HH in 2018, up from 116.4GB/HH in June 2018 and a 40% increase over the YE 2017 median of 103.6GB/HH." :: OpenVault

“Terabyte-using cable customers double, increasing risk of data cap fees" :: Ars Technica

WIRELESS

"FCC May Have Gamed 5G Case Placement, Dems Charge" :: Law360 (sub. req'd) . . .

. . . “'It has come to our attention that certain individuals at the FCC may have urged companies to challenge the Order the Commission adopted in order to game the judicial lottery procedure and intimated the agency would look unfavorably towards entities that were not helpful,” the Democrats wrote to Pai" :: House Committee on Energy and Commerce

“Rosenworcel: 2.5 GHz spectrum key for 5G in rural areas --  2.5 GHz is internationally harmonized for commercial mobile use. It’s being used in China and Japan for broadband mobile, and it represents the “sweet spot”—the right mix of coverage and capacity that’s essential to making 5G a reality in rural areas.” :: FierceWireless

“The Physics of Millimeter Wave Spectrum” :: POTs and PANs

"Comcast Lost $743 Million on Xfinity Mobile in 2018 - Operator has lost $1.22 billion on consumer wireless service in its first two years of operation" :: Multichannel News

"The Wireless Industry's 5G Hype Is Funny and Overblown" :: New America

OTHER NEWS

"Have Cell Phones Become Boring?   Well, They're About to Get Weird" :: WIRED

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