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August 8, 2019

BROADBAND

Elizabeth Warren announces broadband plan:  "First, she wrote that she would pass federal legislation that would allow municipalities to build their own broadband networks. Second, she would create an Office of Broadband Access under the Department of Economic Development to oversee an $85 billion federal grant program that builds out the infrastructure needed for high-speed internet. Electricity and telephone cooperatives, non-profits, tribes, cities, counties, and state subdivisions are the only groups that can apply for these funds" :: Gizmodo :: VICE :: Vox ::  CNBC :: The Verge

. . . "My Plan to Invest in  Rural America" (Elizabeth Warren) :: Medium

. . . "Elizabeth Warren's Broadband Boondoggle" :: Citizens Against Government Waste

"Plan to allow municipal broadband systems in rural NC clears first hurdle," passes House committee :: WRAL

"Inside North Carolina’s Push to Close Rural Broadband Gaps" :: Government Technology

"Reevaluating the Broadband Bonus: Evidence from Neighborhood Access to Fiber and United States Housing Prices" (new report from Univ. of  Colorado & Carnegie Mellon):: MuniNetworks

. . .  From the report:  "Single-family homes in census block groups (CBGs) with the ability to upgrade to a one gigabit per second Internet connection have a transaction price that is about 1.8 percent more than similar homes in neighborhoods where a 100 megabit per second connection is available.  Controlling for speed, homes in CBGs where fiber is available have a price that is about 1.3 percent more than similar homes without fiber. When evaluated at the sample median house price, the combined effect of 3.1 percent suggests that access to fiber may be associated with about a $5,437 increase in the typical home’s value."  :: .Link to Report (pdf)

Broadband Communities Magazine releases 2019 FTTH Top 100 list :: Broadband Communities

"AT&T's Digital Redlining of Dallas" :: NDIA

"ISP Frontier is failing so badly it won’t take questions from investors" :: Ars Technica

"Broadband and the Census" :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"South Korean 5G: Desperately Seeking Profits" :: Light Reading

"Things Are Getting Desperate in the 5G Small Cell Sector" -- "The reason? Red tape." :: Light Reading

"Google Fiber is going wireless in Austin through Webpass" :: CNET

Tech companies, utilities conflict over opening airwaves :: Bloomberg

VIDEO 

"Locast Needs More Than Luck to Beat the Broadcasters" :: Light Reading

Op-Ed:  "AT&T’s promise of better pay-TV prices and service is ‘bordering on the absurd’" :: LA Times

PRIVACY

"Lawmakers jump-start talks on privacy bill" :: The Hill

OTHER NEWS

"Legal Shield for Websites [Section 230] Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech" :: New York Times

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