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March 26, 2019

BROADBAND

"Research Firm [MoffettNathanson] Believes Verizon 5G Home In Sacramento May Not Succeed" -- "The report concludes that Verizon’s assumption that wireless broadband is cheaper to deploy than fiber is flawed, and offers a model showing the cost of running fiber to subscribers’ homes system-wide could actually be 64 percent cheaper than installing small cell wireless. .. 'Our findings in Sacramento – limited coverage, low penetration – preliminary though they may be, suggest that earning an attractive return will be challenging, at best.'" :: 13CBS Sacramento

"Life After Google: How Co-Ops and Dark Lines Could Be Fiber’s Future" - "As recently as five years ago, many thought Google Fiber might be a path to citywide high-speed Internet connectivity, but as Google’s plans have changed, government must now look to other options." :: Government Technology

"Erie County, N.Y., Mulls Borrowing for Huge Fiber Project" - "A county official is suggesting borrowing $20 million to build what would be one of the largest municipal fiber backbones in the country. Though details aren't set, Internet providers might pay to connect to the core." :: Buffalo News

"Vermont Legislature Eyes ECFiber As Model For Community-Based Broadband Build-out" -- “'As long as they raised $30,000 of capital per mile, and could assure us of getting five customers on that to repay the debt, then we were able to build there'":: Vermont Public Radio

"Consolidated Communications has joined forces with the town of Chesterfield, N.H. for a public-private broadband network project. The project will bring a high-speed, fiber-to-the-premises Internet network directly to all homes and businesses in the municipality. There will be no increases in property taxes to pay for the venture, which will be paid for, in part, by municipal bonds." :: Telecompetitor

"Volunteer Energy and Twin Lakes Telephone: Cooperatives Continue to Connect Rural Tennesseans" :: MuniNetworks

Tallahassee City Commissioner kills community broadband push :: Tallahassee Democrat

"For Tacoma, Broadband Competition is Just a Click! Away" (Mayor Victoria Woodards) :: Benton Foundation

"The U.S. Desperately Needs a 'Fiber for All' Plan" :: EFF

"No One Trusts Big Telecom to Build a Better Broadband Access Map" :: VICE

Main takeaways from latest City of Seattle Internet access study: "Nearly universal access but more should be paying less" :: Capitol Hill Seattle

WIRELESS

Georgia: "Small-cell broadband bill gains final passage in General Assembly" :: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"2019: The 5G Bait-&-Switch Continues: History Predicts It." (Bruce Kushnik) :: Medium

"AT&T’s '5G E' is actually slower than Verizon and T-Mobile 4G, study finds" :: Ars Technica

BBB advertising unit says Verizon can't claim to have nation's "first and only 5G ultrawideband network" :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"'Cable' Heading Toward Extinction?" :: Light Reading

NCTA's Michael Powell:  talk of traditional television's demise is “drastically premature” ::  Washington Post

Mixed reactions for Apple's new streaming service :: Telecompetitor :: Light Reading

"Wooing the Video Customers of Tomorrow" - "How can cable operators attract and retain tomorrow's video consumers? Good question." :: Light Reading

OTHER NEWS

Music labels file copyright lawsuit vs. Charter over illegal downloads, for failure to terminate accounts of repeat infringers :: Ars Technica

 

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