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April 1, 2019

BROADBAND

"The anti-competitive forces that foil speedy, affordable broadband" -  "Municipal broadband and multiple ISP options are great ideas–unless you’re a giant telecommunications company with an entrenched monopoly." :: Fast Company

City of Redding, Calif. considers municipal fiber initiative :: Record Searchlight

Buffalo, NY:  "Mayor Brown discusses call for countywide broadband" :: WIVB

"Lenoir City Utility Board Opens Fiber to Potential Partners in Tennessee" :: MuniNetworks

"Western New Hampshire town will be first to build municipal broadband -- Chesterfield to team with Consolidated Communications to build network" :: New Hampshire Business Review

"Ajit Pai wants to cap spending on broadband for poor people and rural areas" :: Ars Technica

NCTC announces network transport program: "Through the program, dubbed NCTC Broadband Solutions – Access Program, NCTC will negotiate master service transport agreements with major national carriers for NCTC member operators that opt into the program" :: Telecompetitor

"Houston officials raise the alarm over bill to limit cable franchise fees" -- state legislation  "would require companies to pay either their cable franchise fee or right-of-way access line fee, exempting the lesser charge." :: Houston Chronicle

WIRELESS

"How small-cell and wireless technology can propel NYC" (Andrew Rasiej) :: City & State New York

"Fixed Wireless Broadband is a Loser" :: EE Times

"FCC Looking at Rural Spectrum Rules" -- "While the MOBILE NOW Act required the issuance of this NPRM within a year, it doesn’t require the FCC to act on any of the suggestions made by respondents to the NPRM. I would strongly encourage anybody interested in using rural spectrum to contact their members of Congress and ask them to encourage the FCC to take this NPRM seriously. Over the last two years it’s hard to point to any actions of this FCC that support rural broadband over the interests of the large carriers. The big wireless companies don’t want the hassle of dealing with smaller providers – but that’s the right thing to do. Spectrum ought to benefit all parts of the country, not just the urban areas." :: POTs and PANs

"Opponents Rally Against Trump's Possible 'Socialist' 5G Network" :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"YouTube TV Is Available In All U.S. TV Markets Now" :: UberGizmo

OTHER NEWS

Mark Zuckerberg Op-Ed:  "The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas." :: Washington Post

"A new civil engineering method has been developed called ‘Just Chuck it on the Surface’ (JCoS), which looks set to replace modern approaches by making it both massively faster and cheaper to deploy new Gigabit capable fibre optic broadband networks, with only minimal effort required." :: ISPreview UK

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