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February 4, 2019

BROADBAND

"Fort Collins [CO] Full Steam Ahead, FTTH Taking Shape" :: MuniNetworks

"Owensboro [KY] Municipal Utilities is continuing its expansion of fiber optic, high speed internet access throughout Owensboro." :: Owensboro Times

“Expect to see more Massachusetts communities connected to their Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks during 2019” :: MuniNetworks

"Broadband access lags in rural Georgia" - "A proposal to empower ... electric co-ops, along with a handful of telephone co-ops, to provide broadband service has once again emerged in the General Assembly as a way to help boost rural broadband. It’s the third such attempt." :: Valdosta Daily Times

"How America’s internet connectivity issues are holding the country back" (interview with Susan Crawford) :: The Verge

More on "digital border wall" proposal by Rep. Hurd (R-TX) :: Motherboard 

. . . . "Fiber optic cables could secure the border instead" :: Business Insider

"Net neutrality court case preview: Did FCC mess up by redefining broadband?" :: Ars Technica

"Fun Arguments To Watch At Net Neutrality Oral Argument, or Did Marsha Blackburn Accidentally Save Net Neutrality?" :: Tales of the Sausage Factory

“FCC struggles to convince judge that broadband isn’t “telecommunications”” :: Ars Technica :: Multichannel News

"Platform Dominance, Privacy, Antitrust, 5G Dominate [State of the Net conference] Industry Assessment as Internet Infrastructure Fades" :: Multichannel News

FCC waives and proposes to eliminate E-Rate amortization requirement :: FCC NPRM and Order :: Multichannel News

“Broadening the USF Funding Base -- Setting up state USF funds with a broad funding base is one way to help solve the rural broadband divide.” :: POTs and PANs

"Breakthroughs in Light Research":  "At the rate that our use of data is growing, we will outgrow the total capacity of existing fibers unless we develop faster lasers or build new fiber. The natural inclination is to build more fiber – but at the rate our data is growing, we would consume the capacity of new fibers almost as quickly as they are built." :: POTs and PANs

MetroNet acquires LightSpeed :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"Verizon and AT&T Jumped the Gun on 5G" :: PCMag

“Analyst Maps Verizon 5G in Sacramento, Finds 'Pretty Sparse' Coverage” :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"Spectrum is planning a 20% fee hike for local channels as pay-TV customers dwindle" :: LA Times

"AT&T’s Mega Mergers Are Going Poorly, And You’re Footing the Bill - Massive merger debt forced company to raise rates, only driving users to cut the cord even faster." :: Motherboard

"TDS, Nexstar End Retrans Battle" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

NYT Editorial Board:  "How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent:  If no one reads the terms and conditions, how can they continue to be the legal backbone of the internet?" :: New York Times

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