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June 3, 2019

BROADBAND

"Best internet service in Texas? It might be in tiny Mont Belvieu" :: Houston Chronicle

. . . "[T]he City of Mont Belvieu has listened to our residents and committed the resources to make MB Link, Texas' first municipally owned and operated gigabit internet utility, a reality." :: MB Link

"Loveland [CO] launches broadband push" :: Denver Post

Editorial:  "Consider Municipal Broadband" :: Falmouth [MA] Enterprise

Profile of Douglas County [WA] Public Utility District network:  "[it] began as a way to improve the local [PUD]’s electric system; construction of the network started in the late 1990s. Two decades later, people living in some of the state's smallest communities have access to fast, affordable, reliable connectivity that equals their neighbors in the county's busy cities through the publicly owned fiber network." :: MuniNetworks

"Digital gap between rural and nonrural America persists" :: Pew Research Center

"FCC broadband report ignores affordability issue" :: NDIA

"FCC Initiates Evaluation of Funding for USF" :: FCC :: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

. . . "Benton Foundation Opposes Proposal to Cap Fund to Close Digital Divide" :: Benton

"USTelecom Says Broadband Map Problems Can Be Fixed for $10-$12 Million" :: Telecompetitor

"I think when the dust clears on CAF II we’re going to find out that the big telcos largely cheated with that money. We’re going to find that they only upgraded the low-hanging fruit and that many households in the coverage areas got no upgrades or minor upgrades that won’t achieve the 10/1 Mbps goals. ...  I beg the FCC to not repeat the CAF II travesty – when the truth comes out about how the telcos used the funding, the CAF II program is going to grab headlines as a scandal. Please don’t provide any money to upgrade DSL." :: POTs and PANs

"Elon Musk's Plan To Dominate Space-Based Broadband" :: International Business Times

"Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic" :: Wired

WIRELESS

Nebraska becomes 25th state to enact small cell legislation :: Government Technology

"How A Radio Frequency Is Delivering High Speed Internet To Small Towns" (EBS in Michigan's U.P, from Northern Michigan University :: NPR

"Protesting 5G" :: POTs and PANs

"Could Comcast and Charter Become America’s Fourth Major Wireless Carrier? -- Government reportedly in talks with cable companies about buying offloaded T-Mobile-Sprint spectrum and filling the void left by their merger" :: Multichannel News

. . . Comcast says no interest in divested T-Mobile spectrum :: Bloomberg

"Report: U.S. Mobile Download Speeds Half That of Canada, South Korea Leads the World" :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

"Small TV Stations Locked in Retrans Dispute with DirecTV" :: Multichannel News

PRIVACY

"As 2019 began, many in Washington and Silicon Valley predicted it would be the year Congress took action on national privacy legislation — but the year is half over, and momentum has seriously slowed." :: Axios

Maine lawmakers move to pass nation’s strictest internet privacy law -- "The Maine House follows the Senate in supporting a bill that would prohibit internet service providers from selling customers' data without their consent." :: Portland Press Herald

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