March 1, 2019


Update on Arkansas:  "Earlier this month, we learned about a Senate bill in the Arkansas State Legislature that, in it’s original form, would have rescinded state restrictions preventing many municipalities from improving local connectivity. After amendments, SB 150 lost most of its effectiveness, but the bill that became law this week is still a small step in the right direction." :: MuniNetworks

Arlington County, VA "dark fiber network at crossroads" :: MuniNetworks :: ARLnow

Profile of City of Sanford, ME municipal fiber project :: WGME

"How local government gets in the way of better, faster, and cheaper broadband" :: American Enterprise Institute

"OneWeb launches its first six low-Earth broadband satellites -- OneWeb has big plan for low-latency Internet, but won't meet goal of 2019 rollout." :: Ars Technica :: Spaceflight Now :: Washington Post

"An evaluation of the Connected Nation broadband adoption program" -- "Using generalized difference-in-difference methodology, no significant impact of the Connected Nation program is found." :: Telecommunications Policy

"San Jose Tackles the Digital Divide" :: POTs and PANs

"Broadband internet unavailable to many in Eastern NC" ::  WITN

"Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Say the Internet Needs Regulation" :: Wired

"FCC Uses Cherry-Picked Stats To Justify Giving Consumers A Giant Middle Finger" :: TechDirt

State of Michigan offering grants to deploy broadband in unserved areas :: Michigan.gov

"Brit ISPs must now offer customers a minimum speed guarantee" :: Inquirer

Broadband Communities 2019 Summit, April 8-10, Austin, TX -- discount registration ends today :: Broadband Communities


"Local Control at Heart of Two Small Cell Bills in Maryland" :: Frederick News-Post

"The Cost of Siting Small Cells" :: POTs and PANs

"Airspan's 5G Magic Box for Sprint Coming Soon" :: Light Reading

"CTIA Presses for More 5G Spectrum" -- "It’s a lot easier for the big carriers to invent a 5G spectrum crisis than it is to work out spectrum solutions that help the whole country. ... The problem with just handing the spectrum to the cellular carriers is that it will eliminate any meaningful push for sharing spectrum for many decades." :: POTs and PANs

"FCC Chairman Says U.S. Has Early 5G Lead" :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

T-Mobile claims merger with Sprint will enable coverage for 96% of rural Americans :: FierceWireless


"Cable One 'Happy' to See Broadband Subs Go With OTT-TV" :: Light Reading

Coverage of  NCTC Winter conference:  "Video, and its worth as a service for NCTC members, was called into question, with broadband identified as the clear future for service providers." :: Telecompetitor


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