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March 4, 2019

BROADBAND

PA:  "Gov. Wolf pushes for statewide broadband access" -- "The plan calls for an investment of $4.5 billion dollars over the next four years to expand broadband access to all Pennsylvanians." :: TribLive

"Editorial: Cities wise to lay groundwork for public broadband" [re: Northampton and Easthampton, MA] :: Daily Hampshire Gazette

"Texas Lawmakers Look at Easement Bill for Electric Co-ops," would "allow electric cooperatives that hold easements obtained for electric service infrastructure the ability to extend those easements to broadband infrastructure" :: MuniNetworks

"Now that they have the go-ahead to provide Internet from the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, electric co-ops are exploring different funding and business models which will allow them to continue the process." :: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

"Act Now to Take Advantage of Federal Broadband Funding: How to Prepare a Competitive ReConnect Application" :: CTC Technology & Energy

"Do Not Pass Go: Documentary Screening and Discussion, March 26 in D.C.; "Do Not Pass Go follows filmmaker Cullen Hoback’s visit to Pinetops, North Carolina, to investigate the battle between municipal networks and private providers." :: Next Century Cities

"When home internet access is too expensive, low-income residents turn to other resources" :: Virginian-Pilot

"Cellphone Fees Could Fund Oregon’s Rural Internet Expansion" :: Oregonian

"SC continues to invest in telehealth, but internet connections lag" :: Post and Courier

City of Seattle Technology Access and Adoption Study, 2018 :: City of Seattle

"[I]n order to remain competitive with growing FTTH offerings, cable operators must go beyond platform upgrades like DOCSIS 3.1. To future-proof their networks, cablecos need to look to a distributed access architecture (DAA) -- a collection of technologies -- accompanied by a "fiber-deep" framework to transform their headends/hubs and outside plant." :: Light Reading

More on Trump Admin's "American Broadband Initiative":  The ABI report is mostly fluff. It seems obvious that all cabinet agencies were asked to provide a list of ways they can help broadband, and they all scrambled to come up with something to report. ... If the administration really wanted to help broadband, they can create grant programs that don’t have forced ties to RUS loans than many ISPs can’t accept, or they would eliminate the inane requirement that federal grants can only be used where homes don’t have 10/1 Mbps speeds." :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"PennDOT: Philadelphia's Wi-Fi Kiosks Could Violate Ad Rules" - "Because ads are illegal on state and federal roads, some of Philadelphia’s digital kiosks that have ads on them might put federal funding in jeopardy" :: Philly.com

"Cox's 5G Ambitions May Have Shifted From mmWave to CBRS" :: Light Reading

"How Nokia's CTO sees 5G fixed-wireless" :: ZDNet

"Trump's campaign wants the government to control 5G" ::  TechSpot ::  Politico :: Light Reading

"China's Dominance In 5G Seen As Top Global Threat At CPAC" :: Law360 (sub. req'd)

"Cell phone carriers envision a world without Wi-Fi" :: Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

VIDEO

"The future of cable may be no TV at all" :: CNBC

PRIVACY

Op-Ed: "The trouble with informed consent in smart cities" :: International Association of Privacy Professionals

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