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April 15, 2019

BROADBAND

"Tacoma Develops Lease Plan to Preserve Muni Network Ownership" :: MuniNetworks

"Culver City, California, Seeking Network Operator; Proposals Due June 27th" :: MuniNetworks

"FCC 'consumer advisory' panel includes ALEC, big foe of municipal broadband -- Pai brings ALEC to FCC despite AT&T and Verizon quitting the controversial group." :: Ars Technica

Tennessee:  "State should let municipal fiber optic networks expand to meet demand" (Op-Ed from Deb Socia) :: Tennessean

"NCTA Elaborates on its Broadband Mapping Alternative - And tells the FCC not to be distracted by Microsoft" :: Broadcasting & Cable

"Questions over coverage plague rural broadband expansion" :: Washington Post

"Please, Not Another Mapping Debacle" :: POTs and PANs

"Senate Democrats Introduce New Legislation to Tackle Nationwide Digital Equity Gap" :: US Senate :: Public Knowledge

Sens. Blackburn (R-TN), Baldwin (D-WI) introduce Internet Exchange Act:  "The bill has two primary sections: (1) Authorizes matching grants to be administered by [NTIA] to help establish new IX facilities where none exist, or to help an existing one expand if it is the only IX facility in a core based statistical area. (2) Permits eligible recipients under the E-Rate program (for schools and libraries) and Telehealth program to use such funds to contract with a broadband provider to obtain a connection to an IX facility, or to pay for the costs of maintaining a point of presence at an IX facility." :: U.S. Senate

Advantages of simple rate structures for ISPs :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"Trump: 5G will ‘transform’ US lives, especially in rural America" :: Washington Examiner 

. . . "Forget Rural Internet—This Was Real Agenda at Trump's 5G Wireless Event": "On the surface, President Trump and [FCC] chair Ajit Pai were promoting the schedule for a new spectrum auction and funds for extending faster Internet service to rural areas. But the auction, now slated to start on December 10, has been on tap for the 'second half of 2019' since last year. And the funds for rural Internet connections, which don’t have to use 5G technology or even wireless, were just an extension of a long-existing program.  Instead, the real agenda was to try and kill a well-funded lobbying effort to convince the federal government to take over 5G airwaves and build a nationalized network" :: Washington Post  :: Ars Technica :: Telecompetitor

"Analyst: Verizon Should Partner with Charter, Comcast on Wireless Infrastructure" -- "Verizon and cable companies Charter and Comcast could see a major win/win if they were to adopt a wireless infrastructure model similar to the one that Sprint and cable operator Altice have adopted, said financial analysts at Moffett Nathanson today." :: Telecompetitor :: Multichannel News

Profile of Starry :: Fortune

"Avoidable Outage Continues to Plague NYC Wireless Network" :: Government Technology

"Small Cells Can Actually Be Quite Big" :: FierceWireless

"5 Things Hollywood Needs to Know About 5G" :: Variety

VIDEO

"Inside the Slow Death of Cable TV" -- "Massillon, Ohio-based MCTV is one of a number of small and midsize cable operators that have thrown in the towel when it comes to trying to hang on to television subscribers in a cord-cutting universe. The company’s profit margin on its TV service has fallen by nearly half in recent years. Consequently, MCTV is now focused largely on providing broadband service." :: Variety

"'Skinny' TV bundles keep getting fatter" :: Variety

YouTube TV raises price to $50/mo. :: Axios

FCC eliminates channel lineup publication requirements :: FCC

PRIVACY

"Illinois bill banning eavesdropping by IoT devices defanged by tech lobby" :: Ars Technica

OTHER NEWS

"Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend with Tech.  Up Next:  America" :: Wired

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