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May 30, 2019

BROADBAND

"Town of Highlands [NC] making broadband progress" :: Smoky Mountain News

"Tacoma faces two legal challenges over new business model for Click" :: KIRO

"Fullerton [CA] FiberCity Network Will Use Open Access Approach" :: Telecompetitor

"[R]residents of Roque Bluffs [ME] voted 63 to 27 in favor of building their own high-speed broadband network, funded either by a USDA grant or loan taken out by the municipality." :: Machias Valley News Observer

"New study [from Phoenix Center] challenges [job creation] value of municipal fiber networks – but with caveats"; study limited to municipal overbuild :: WRAL

"Some Maine towns seeking to set up municipal broadband will no longer have to pay a fee to put equipment on utility poles.  Democratic Gov. Janet Mills recently signed a bill into law to exempt municipalities from such 'make-ready fees.'  Owners will be responsible for expenses needed to make poles ready for municipal efforts to provide broadband service to underserved areas. ...A Senate Democrat spokeswoman says state regulations leave municipalities facing fees for attaching equipment to utility poles. Such charges compensate utilities for getting poles ready for new attachments." :: AP

"Decatur I-Net Plans Draw Comcast Acrimony in Georgia" :: MuniNetworks

"Georgia unveils plan for internet service in rural areas" (mapping and grants) :: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Who Should be Eligible for Broadband Grants?" :: POTs and PANs

"Reverse Auctions for Broadband Grants":  "A reverse auction is inevitably going to allocate funds in ways that the FCC is not going to be proud of." :: POTs and PANs

"Net Neutrality Legislation: A Framework for Consensus" :: Internet Society

FCC Broadband Deployment Report:  "Digital Divide Narrowing Substantially" :: FCC :: Multichannel News

. . . Reactions from Benton, Public Knowledge: "The FCC's 2019 Broadband Deployment Report is hopelessly flawed and cannot be the basis for future policymaking."  :: Benton Foundation

. . . "Democrats criticize FCC broadband report" :: CNET

. . . "FCC Cuts Bogus Data From Yearly Broadband Report, Acts Like Nothing Happened" :: Gizmodo

WIRELESS

China:  "Local gov'ts racing to roll out 5G network construction" -- "As one of China's first batch of 5G pilot cities, Guangzhou will build 10,000 5G base stations by the end of year, aiming to take a lead to achieve the commercial use of 5G this year.  Shanghai plans to build 10,000 and 30,000 5G base stations by this year and by 2021 respectively, to realize deep coverage of 5G networks in the whole city" :: Ecns.cn

"Is There a Business Case for 5G Cellular?" :: POTs and PANs

"Huawei Ban Threatens Wireless Service in Rural Areas" :: New York Times

"As the Digital Divide Grows, An Untapped Solution Languishes" (EBS spectrum) :: Wired

. . . "Educators Battle to Keep Airwaves FCC Is Eyeing for 5G Networks" :: Bloomberg

"FCC responds to 5G health concerns as politicians push for more information" :: FierceWireless

"Cities in California, Florida and Texas host some of the most congested wireless networks in the US" :: Light Reading

"Charter Tests Massive Private LTE Network in 3.5GHz CBRS Spectrum" :: Light Reading

"5G Millimeter Wave Auction Closes, Raising Over $2 Billion" :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

Senate Commerce Committee hearing on "video marketplace" / STELAR Act, June 5 :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"Frontier to Sell Operations in Four States [WA, OR, ID, MT] for $1.3 Billion" :: Telecompetitor

"AT&T Has Become a New Kind of Media Giant" :: Fortune

 

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