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June 5, 2019

BROADBAND

"Broadband Speed and Unemployment Rates: Data and Measurement Issues" - "We document beneficial effects of the early adoption of high speed broadband on unemployment rates. Better quality broadband appears to have a disproportionately greater effect in rural areas." :: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga :: Telecompetitor

"New Study Explores Cost of Fiber Deployment in Rural Areas" -- "In the next 10 years ... we have the potential to increase the number of American homes passed cost-effectively by all-fiber networks from 40% to 90%. The projected cost to achieve this objective is approximately $70B. (Passing 80% of U.S. households with fiber will cost approximately $50B.)"  :: Fiber Broadband Association

"NTIA Releases Comprehensive Guide to Federal Broadband Funding"; searchable database of 50 federal broadband programs :: NTIA :: Federal Broadband Funding Database

Role of states in broadband grants :: POTs and PANs

"Ajit Pai works to cap funding for rural and poor people, gets GOP backing" :: Ars Technica

. . . "CoSN and SHLB Coalition are urging the FCC to not consolidate the cap for the Universal Service Fund into one program because it could hinder broadband connectivity funds available to school" :: THE Journal

"FCC Broadband Report: What Broadband Competition Problem?" :: TechDirt

"ISPs Tell FCC Pennsylvania Is Covered; Researchers Disagree" :: Reading Eagle

WIRELESS

"Thune and Schatz Reintroduce the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act" :: U.S. Senate

"AT&T uses climate-change models to deploy new cell sites" :: FierceWireless

"The dangers of over-hyping 5G" :: Axios

VIDEO

Coverage of House hearing on STELAR -- "Robert Thun, SVP of content and programming for AT&T Mobility and Entertainment, said the retrans system was broken and was leading to unsustainable retrans prices. ...  [A] decision not to renew [STELAR] would likely trigger, and add urgency to, various bills to deal separately with what is and isn't good faith negotiating as well as a larger look at revamping the 1992 Cable Act or starting from scratch and writing new rules for the video marketplace. ":: Broadcasting & Cable

More on Eshoo / Scalise legislation addressing retrans consent negotiations :: Bloomberg

"Report Counts 60 Total Retransmission Blackouts So Far This Year" :: Telecompetitor

OTHER NEWS

"Verizon has avoided paying local taxes on telecom equipment in many New Jersey municipalities over the past decade, but a proposed state law would force the company to pay back taxes for all the payments it didn't make." :: Ars Technica


Squirrels, gophers, and fiber :: POTs and PANs

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