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June 10, 2019

BROADBAND

Ammon, ID:  "Municipal fiber half the price of Comcast, AT&T etc" --  Mayor announced that residents can get "a no-contract, no data-cap internet service offering 15Mbps for just $1.88 a month.  ... [O]ne of the other ISPs on its system offered the same service entirely for free, presumably as a way to get customers and encourage them to upgrade to a faster 500Mbps or Gigabit service for $9.98 and $9.99 a month respectively (yes, you read that right, one cent more for an extra 500Mbps). ... Of course internet access isn't actually completely free: the city charges residents to extend fiber to their home, and charges a monthly maintenance fee for the network. Together they cost $39 a month, so you are really looking at a total cost of between $50 and $65 a month for fast internet of between 100Mbps and Gigabit internet." :: The Register

"Municipal internet? [Town of] Dryden could be the first in New York" :: Ithaca Times

Monroe County, IN offers personal property tax exemption for “the installation of fiber to homes, businesses, schools and publicly owned buildings" :: Herald-Times

"Should Rural Fiber be a Utility?" :: POTs and PANs

"Summary Conclusions for Designing an FCC Broadband Grant [Program]" :: POTs and PANs

"FCC Proposes Capping Fund Used to Close the Digital Divide" :: Benton Foundation

AT&T CEO:  "We'll continue to invest in fiber but we'll do it based on the incremental, economic case." :: FierceTelecom

WIRELESS

"5G Millimeter Wave Auction Winners: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Windstream, Starry, and Others" :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

Stanford research project uses continual learning algorithm to stream live local TV signals :: Puffer ::  "Continual learning improves Internet video streaming" (academic paper)

"Comcast Takes First Shot at Live 4K TV" :: Light Reading

"FCC Modernizes Leased Access Rules for Today's Video Marketplace" :: FCC . . . 

. . . "We agree that dramatic changes in technology and the marketplace for the distribution of programming cast substantial doubt on the constitutional foundation for our leased access rules." :: Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

"AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia may price its streaming service between $16 and $17 per month, instead of a multi-tiered plan" :: Reuters

OTHER NEWS

"Comcast Hit with $9.1M Penalty in Washington State for Bogus Service Protection Plan Billing" :: Multichannel News :: Ars Technica

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