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February 12, 2019

BROADBAND

"In what could prove to be an important turning point in the rollout of fiber across the US, this week the Arkansas congressional committee voted to repeal their state's prohibition on municipal broadband." :: The Register :: MuniNetworks

"N.D. Amendment Could Take the Wind Out of Local Fiber-Optic Sails -- Legislation meant to help fund infrastructure in non-oil-producing governments throughout the state was adjusted to prohibit the use of that funding to build fiber-optic networks." :: Government Technology

"Georgia House wants local utilities to provide broadband" :: AP

"SpaceX seeks FCC OK for 1 million satellite broadband Earth stations" :: Ars Technica :: TechSpot

"The government is using the wrong data to make crucial decisions about the internet -- Bad maps mean federal money isn’t being spent where it should be to build out broadband connectivity." ::  recode

"We Need a Challenge Process for Broadband Maps" :: POTs and PANs

"Botetourt County, Virginia- 'BoCo:' A Pacesetter Among
Broadband Networks" :: Botetourt County, VA (from Arlene Boyd)

"The Coeur d’Alene City Council agreed with two local internet providers ... to back off a proposal to subsidize a Wisconsin company [TDS] that wants to provide high-speed internet to the city." :: Couer d'Alene Press

USTelecom calls for more deregulation :: Multichannel News

"Why Big ISPs Screw Up" :: POTs and PANs

"Plan Now for Broadband Communities 2019 Summit in April," in Austin, TX :: MuniNetworks :: Broadband Communities 2019 Agenda

WIRELESS

"Verizon wants you to pitch 5G to local officials -- 
The carrier even drafted the letter for you to sign." :: CNET :: Light Reading

"Trump readies executive order banning Chinese telecom equipment" :: FierceWireless

"The Role Of Broadcasting In A 5G Future" :: TVTechnology

"Enough of the 5G Hype" :: Electronic Frontier Foundation

"New York Public Service Commission approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger" :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"T-Mobile Sees Big Opportunity To Be OTT Video Distributor -- 
The telecom giant wants to be a service hub for a la carte streaming, not just a source for traditional pay TV." :: Motley Fool

OTHER NEWS

FCC releases report on E-Rate Category 2 budgets :: FCC

"Alphabet’s plunging capital expenditures for its Other Bets segment is mostly due to lower Fiber investment" :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

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