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May 1, 2019

BROADBAND

"Broadband part of $2 trillion infrastructure deal between Democrats, Trump -- But rural Americans waiting for broadband shouldn't hold their breath. Republicans still need to weigh in." :: CNET

"Two bills filed at the state legislature aim to ease the way for broadband to make its way into rural North Carolina. One would allow public-private partnerships between municipalities and internet service providers. The second would allow electric cooperatives access to existing infrastructure to spread broadband into areas without high-speed internet." :: NC Health News

USDA Report:  "A Case for Rural Broadband:  Insights on
Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies" :: USDA :: Telecompetitor

"Rural Carriers Accept $65.7 Million in New ACAM Funding for Rural Broadband" :: Telecompetitor

National Digital Inclusion Alliance launches website for Digital Equity Act of 2019 :: NDIA

"Why 9-1-1 Needs Fiber" (Fiber Broadband Assoc.) :: Broadband World News

"AT&T Withdraws from Lifeline Program" :: POTs and PANs

"Comcast: Median Customer Data Use Was Up 34% to 200 GB Per Month in Q2" :: Multichannel News

"SiFi Announces New Open Access Fiber Network in Fullerton, California" - With construction set to begin in May—and services potentially available by the end of the year—Ting and GigabitNow have both announced that they will offer symmetrical gigabit services over SiFi’s network in Fullerton for $79 per month." :: CTC Technology & Energy

WIRELESS

"FCC Expands Wireless Access Rights" (re: OTARDs); "This new docket would expand some additional rights for buildings along the sides of rights-of-way. ... Under the proposed rules the wireless carriers would be automatically allowed to place a repeater or other similar device anywhere they have been given permission to mount a receiver. ... [T]he controversy will arise when a customer stops using a wireless service and wants to take down the antenna. According to this new docket, that little circle of real estate around the receiver would now belong to the wireless carrier instead of the home or apartment owner and the carrier could insist that it stays in place."  :: POTs and PANs

Remarks of Commr. O'Rielly before the CBRS Alliance :: FCC 

"Wireless Carriers Make It Clear: You’re Going to Pay More For 5G" :: VICE

"Affordable Broadband for Students Hinges on FCC’s EBS Proceeding" :: Benton Foundation

Profile of Philadelphia fixed wireless provider PhillyWisper ::Philadelphia Magazine

"Austin’s 5G Preparations Lag Behind Other Texas, U.S. Cities" :: Austin American-Statesman

"T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Odds Sink to 55%" :: Light Reading

"Midco wraps up CBRS testing with Telrad, Federated Wireless" :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"Expensive Pay-TV is Driving TV Antenna Adoption" -- "Just over one third (34%) of TV content viewers are accessing over-the-air TV content via an antenna" :: Telecompetitor

OTHER NEWS

"SpaceX cuts broadband-satellite altitude in half to prevent space debris" :: Ars Technica

Next Century Cities seeks new Executive Director :: Job posting


 

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