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May 15, 2019

BROADBAND

Profile of Johnson City [TN] Power Board (renamed BrightRidge) fiber and fixed wireless initiative; offering fiber and 10 gig symmetrical service :: MuniNetworks

Traverse City [MI] Light & Power hears Fujitsu's plan for fiber project, opts to begin contract negotiations :: The Record-Eagle 

Lancaster, CA considers creation of municipal telecom utility :: Antelope Valley Press

"NRECA Fact Sheet: Electric Cooperatives Could Bring High-Speed Internet To Another 6.3 Million Households" :: MuniNetworks :: NRECA Fact Sheet

"Rep. Clyburn Forms Rural Broadband Task Force" :: Broadcasting & Cable

"Tribes across country push for better internet access" :: AP

Colorado allocates $115 million over five years for rural broadband :: Government Technology

Missouri allocates $5 million for rural broadband :: KRCG

"Broadband infrastructure should be a national priority for policymakers" (op-ed from Pew Charitable Trusts) :: The Hill

"Telecom, Cable Groups Push Rival Plans on FCC Broadband Mapping" :: Bloomberg

"The California Assembly will soon take up [ALEC-backed] A.B. 1366, which would renew a 2011 ISP-backed law that expires this year. That law had the stated goal of promoting choice and competition for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. In practice, however, it has sidelined state and local governments from exerting authority over broadband" :: EFF

"Broadband and Food Safety" :: POTs and PANs

SpaceX launches its first Starlink broadband satellites :: Quartz

"What Section 230 is and Does—Yet Another Explanation of One of the Internet’s Most Important Laws" :: Public Knowledge

WIRELESS

"Utilities [APPA, NRECA, UTC, et al] Warn FCC About Impact of 6 GHz Wi-Fi Effort -- Say sharing proposal is untested and threatens mission critical communications" :: Multichannel News

SHLB Coalition, Public Knowledge, NDIA et al ask FCC to delay action on EBS spectrum :: SHLB

"FCC pivots to midband spectrum" :: RCR Wireless News :: FierceWireless

AT&T CEO:  "[T]here will be a place -- it may be in five years, I think it could be as early as three -- where 5G begins to actually have a cross-over point in terms of performance with fiber. 5G can become the deployment mechanism for a lot of the broadband that we're trying to hit today with fiber." :: Light Reading

"5G Opportunity Still Outweighs the Threat to Cable Ops" -- "[T]he 5G era ... represents significant business opportunities for [cable] MSOs because they can provide key backhaul and fronthaul capabilities for these new networks." :: Light Reading

"WISPA Applauds FCC's Proposed OTARD Update, Which Will Help Grow Rural Broadband" :: WISPA

VIDEO

"Disney Takes Full Control of Hulu as War on Netflix Heats Up" :: Bloomberg

PRIVACY

Will the United States Finally Enact a Federal Comprehensive Privacy Law? :: TAP

OTHER NEWS

"AT&T promised 7,000 new jobs to get tax break—it cut 23,000 jobs instead" :: Ars Technica

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