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March 22, 2019

BROADBAND

USTelecom, WISPA, and ITTF propose new broadband mapping initiative; pilots in Virginia and Missouri; Chmn. Pai supports :: CNET  :: Remarks of Chmn Pai  :: Jonathan Spalter Op-Ed

. . . "Carriers Take Broadband Map Problems Into Their Own Hands" - "The plan is to use multiple sources of address, building and parcel data to create and validate a database of all broadband serviceable locations in the pilot states. A vendor will confirm address formats, remove duplicates and use a geo-referencing tool to assign a unique latitude and longitude to the actual building at an address where broadband is most likely to be installed." :: Telecompetitor

"Hillsboro, Oregon, Introduces Broadband Utility: Hello, HiLight!" :: MuniNetworks

"Introducing Community-Owned and Operated Broadband" -- FAQ for customers of Estes Park Light & Power :: Estes Park News

Biddeford, ME issues RFP for broadband plan, responses due April 26 :: MuniNetworks

Montgomery County, VA issues RFP seeking consultant services to support development of a broadband plan for Montgomery County and the City of Radford; responses due April 25 :: NRVNews

Ending bans on broadband deployment by electric cooperatives and municipalities:  "I think it’s starting to dawn on many rural communities that nobody has plans to bring them broadband. ...These laws [enabling broadband by electric cooperatives] are passing because rural residents are fed up with the inaction of the big telcos. ... The tide has definitely turned." :: POTs and PANs

"Three Important Points on Broadband Competition," focusing on FTC;  "3. The Federal Trade Commission Has the Tools to Advance Broadband Competition" :: Benton Foundation

"In Defense of Section 230" :: Politico

WIRELESS

"Google courts WISPs with tailored CBRS solutions" -- "Given that the country’s wireless internet service providers (WISPs) already use the upper part of the 3.5 GHz band—namely the 3.65 GHz lightly licensed spectrum—it stands to reason that they’re likely to be among the first to use the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) 3.5 GHz band." :: FierceWireless

"Analysts Question Financial Viability of Verizon Home 5G Fixed Wireless Service" :: Telecompetitor

"Predicting 5G Capex" - "As the books closed for 2018 it became obvious that the big wireless companies hadn’t spent nearly as much as expected for the year." :: POTs and PANs

T-Mobile launches fixed wireless service pilot to 50,000 homes, invitation-only, using LTE network :: FierceWireless

"The FCC has sent the signal that allowing the so-called white spaces between TV channels to be used for fixed and mobile wireless devices are ready for prime time." :: Multichannel News

"CBRS Alliance Begins Work on 5G CBRS Standard" :: Telecompetitor

"FirstNet Authority Unveils Roadmap Plans, Investment Principles" :: FirstNet

VIDEO

"Streaming subscriptions overtook cable in 2018" :: Engadget

"Traditional TV Still Sinking in Stream of Digital Video" :: Multichannel News

"Apple Bid for TV Stardom Is Biggest Gamble Yet" :: Light Reading

PRIVACY

"Public Knowledge Looks Forward to FTC Data Practices Study" :: Public Knowledge

"Opt-In Privacy System Could Benefit Large Companies, FTC Chairman Suggests" :: MediaPost

"New York City’s Privacy Protocols and Why They Matter" :: Government Technology

OTHER NEWS

Jackson County, GA pays $400,000 to resolve ransomware infection; still recovering :: SecurityNow

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