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May 3, 2019

BROADBAND

"Portland is Again Blazing Trails for Open Internet Access" (Susan Crawford) :: Wired

Pittsburgh exploring public fiber project:  "Pennsylvania is one of 26 states with laws blocking or limiting municipal broadband services. In our case, municipalities may only build and sell access to their own networks if no private operator exists in the area, regardless of concerns over price or stability.  Still, the Mayor expressed optimism that a suitable workaround can be found through a public-private partnership." :: NEXTPittsburgh

"Municipal fiber:  Could it happen to you?" :: Hutchinson Leader

ILSR Report: "A Public Housing Digital Inclusion Blueprint: Monkeybrains and San Francisco Deliver a Sustainable Gig" :: ILSR

"Ajit Pai says he’s fixed giant FCC error that exaggerated broadband growth" :: Ars Technica ::  Light Reading :: FCC 

"Want Next Generation Precision Agriculture? You'll Need Rural Broadband." :: Benton Foundation

"Charter: Broadband-Only Users Average 400GB of Monthly Data Usage -- Like Comcast, cable operator said median usage is around 200 gigabytes" :: Multichannel News

"The Regulatory Pendulum" -- "We are now at a regulatory extreme with broadband. The primary regulator, the FCC, has washed their hands of regulating broadband. ...  The ISPs will eventually be unable to constrain themselves from flexing their monopoly power. When they go too far and the abuses mount up we’ll see the regulatory pendulum swing the other way. There’s no telling how long that might take – but it’s inevitable." :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"O’Rielly Doesn’t Expect CBRS Auction Date Before 2Q 2020, Wants More Mid-Band Spectrum" :: Telecompetitor

Health concerns over 5G in Chicago :: FierceWireless

"5G Wireless Networks Could Interfere with Weather Forecasts, Meteorologists Warn" :: Weather Channel

VIDEO

"Why your cable company might be happy to see you stop subscribing to its TV service" ::  USA Today

NCTA says FCC "should not only retain its ban on the common ownership of two full-power Big Four network affiliates in the same market, but should also close a 'loophole' that allows affiliates to double up by carrying Big Four programming on low-power stations and multicast streams. NCTA [says] such deals give broadcasters an unfair advantage during retrans negotiations." :: TVNewsCheck

"Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying 21 regional sports networks from Disney" :: LA Times ::  Wall Street Journal

 

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