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March 11, 2019

BROADBAND

"North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and RiverStreet Networks ... announce a partnership to enable the expansion of high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved rural communities across the state. This partnership will execute several pilot demonstration projects that could become models for providing much needed high-speed internet access." :: NC Electric Cooperatives

"In Vermont, High-Speed Internet for All Gets More Likely -- Rural towns create high-speed Internet service where commercial ISPs and the state don’t deliver." :: U.S. News

More on HolstonConnect complaint vs. Nexstar :: Rogersville Review

. . . "Nexstar Rates Blocking Utility's Broadband Rollout, FCC Told" :: Law360 (sub. req'd) :: Radio & Television Business Report (sub. req'd)

"Tennessee Senator Tries Again With Bill to Restore Local Authority" :: MuniNetworks

Commr. O'Rielly sends letter to USAC criticizing E-Rate funding for special construction of self-provisioned and dark fiber :: Commr. O'Rielly letter to USAC

"Report: Fiber-based Broadband Will Power 59% of 1.2 Billion Connections by 2025" :: Telecompetitor

"Ajit Pai’s rosy broadband deployment claim may be based on gigantic error -- FCC data boosted by ISP that falsely claimed to cover eight entire states." :: Ars Technica :: TechCrunch

"Sonic Expands California Gigabit Footprint" :: Telecompetitor

Tallahassee debates municipal fiber network option; Mayor firmly opposed :: Tallahassee Democrat

"Broadband 'moonshot' has rural Minnesotans hopeful" :: Star Tribune

"New York hasn’t followed through on order to kick Charter out of state - NY gives Charter another extension as they negotiate over broadband commitments." :: Ars Technica

FCC seeks nominations for new BDAC working group focusing on broadband investment in low-income communities :: FCC Public Notice

"Tired of smashing your face into the brick wall that is US net neutrality? Too bad. There's a long way to go yet, friends -- Democrats launch new legislation that won't pass, but will cause months of argument" :: The Register

WIRELESS

"The Impending Cellular Data Crisis" -- "5G will fix some, but not all of these issues.... [A]nybody that understands networks and the physics of spectrum can easily demonstrate that there are major limitations on the total bandwidth capacity at a given cell site, along with a limit on how densely cell sites can be packed in an area. The cellular networks are only carrying 5% of the total broadband in the country and it’s ludicrous to think that they could be expanded to carry most of it." :: POTs and PANs

"Awaiting State Bills, [Taneytown, MD] Crafts 5G Ordinance" :: Carroll County Times

"What will 5G bring to public safety?" :: RCRWirelessNews

"AT&T & Verizon's Battle Over Public Safety Spills Into 5G" :: Light Reading

"AT&T Is Collecting Lots of 700MHz Spectrum Licenses, Possibly for 5G" :: Light Reading

"T-Mobile Embraces Fixed Wireless, Looks to Leverage Both 4G and 5G" :: Telecompetitor

"T-Mobile’s Late-Game Filing Could Be a Bad Sign for Sprint Deal" :: Bloomberg

VIDEO

"Cable and satellite TV sinks again as online streaming soars" :: Ars Technica

"Maine Wants to Force Cable TV to Offer À La Carte TV" :: Cord Cutters News

PRIVACY

"Breaking down proposals for privacy legislation: How do they regulate?" :: Brookings

OTHER NEWS

"Interference of Things: A Sydney smart city story" :: ZDNet

"How the Internet Travels Across Oceans" :: New York Times

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