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February 25, 2019

BROADBAND

"Mayors or the FCC: Who understands the broadband needs of metropolitan residents?" :: Brookings

Trumbull County, OH considering county-run fiber network, pursuing grant for feasibility study :: Tribune Chronicle

City of Northhampton, Mass. approves funding for municipal broadband feasibility study :: Daily Hampshire Gazette

City of Easthampton, Mass. exploring municipal fiber network, creation of fiber utility :: Daily Hampshire Gazette

"Allo, city of Lincoln [NE] celebrate almost-end of fiber project" ::  Lincoln Journal Star

Buffalo, NY editorial:  "Competition from a municipal enterprise, appropriately priced, could help make our region economically viable while inducing a wholesome response from the private sector companies. That makes municipal broadband worth exploring if we want our region’s business incubators to bear fruit." :: The Buffalo News

"Indiana launches $100M push for broadband to rural areas" :: AP

"OTO Fiber in Maine Releases [fiber construction] RFP; Responses Due March 8th" :: MuniNetworks

"GOP Leaders Praise FCC Broadband Deployment Report" :: Multichannel News

"Frontier demands $4,300 cancellation fee despite horribly slow Internet" :: Ars Technica

"Pew Initiative to Study Broadband Access Hurdles - The Pew Charitable Trusts has launched its new Broadband Research Initiative to understand why some 24 million Americans still lack broadband access." :: Government Technology

"NCTA Pitches FCC on 3-Step Method for Improved Broadband Mapping" :: Multichannel News

WIRELESS

"5G for Rural America?" -- "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently addressed the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association membership and said that he saw a bright future for 5G in rural America. He sees 5G as a fixed-wireless deployment that fits in well with the fiber deployment already made by NTCA members. ... I just can’t find any business plan that is going to deliver 5G in rural America that takes advantage of the fiber that the small telcos have already built." :: POTs and PANs

"San Francisco based startup Common Networks is hoping that it can compete with bigger telecom companies by combining 5G with technology open sourced by Facebook. ... One of the big things holding back 5G in the US is the need for more fiber-optic cable infrastructure to act as the 'backhaul' between these smaller cell towers. Terragraph, first announced in 2016, aims to reduce the need for fiber-optic lines by letting these smaller cells connect to each other." :: Wired

Newt Gingrich:  "If China Dominates 5G, It Will Control the Future" :: Newsweek

"Verizon Appears to Walk Back 5G Home Buildout Goal" :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"Cord Cutting Hits Another Record With More Bad News For Cable" :: Fortune

PRIVACY

"Consumer advocates are furious that the Senate Commerce Committee's initial witness list for its upcoming hearing on data privacy consists entirely of industry-backed groups." :: Politico

OTHER NEWS

"To Make the Tech Sector Competitive, Antitrust Is Only Half the Answer" :: Public Knowledge

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