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August 19, 2019

BROADBAND

"City Utilities (CU) in Springfield, Missouri, recently announced that over the next four years, they will expand the community’s fiber optic network. CenturyLink will lease dark fiber on the Springfield infrastructure in order to offer [FTTH] Internet access to residents and businesses in Springfield and in areas beyond the city. In addition to the great news about this sizeable expansion, experts feel optimistic to see a national ISP working with a pioneering municipal network." ::  MuniNetworks

"Hillsboro [OR]'s publicly supported internet project aims to undercut its rivals on pricing and substantially outpace them in speed.  The city council has set pricing for its forthcoming service, called HiLight, offering superfast gigabit service for $55 a month. That’s about half what Comcast charges for the same speeds." :: The Oregonian

Dalton [GA] Utilities announces 10 Gbps residential service :: Press release

"Digital Divide Policy Enters the National Conversation" :: Benton Foundation

A database of academic and practitioner research on the impact of broadband access and use :: NDIA

Paper:  "Rural America, Rural Economies and Rural Connectivity" :: Global City Teams Challenge

"Economic Development Broadband Report: Community Owned Networks Gain Favor" :: Telecompetitor

Orange County, VA pursuing state grant funds for middle mile broadband project :: Orange County Review

"Illinois' $420M Broadband Program Is Part of National Trend" :: Broadband World News

Arizona utility deploying fiber backbone in Navajo County :: The Independent

WIRELESS

"On average, Verizon consumers with 5G-capable devices are seeing 5G download speeds eight times faster than over LTE" -- "Specifically, in Denver Verizon’s 5G download speeds were 988.37 Mbps compared to 107.41 Mbps over LTE, an 820.2% improvement. Verizon 5G customers in Minneapolis are seeing a 917.5% speed difference, with 5G download speeds of 931.98 Mbps, versus 91.59 Mbps for LTE. In Providence, R.I., meanwhile, 5G download speeds were 11-times faster, clocking in at 1.13 Gbps vs 101.32 Mbps." :: FierceWireless

"FirstNet Publishes Five-Year ‘Roadmap’ Outlining Expansion" :: Government Technology

VIDEO 

"Cord-cutting set to spike as broadband users drop bundles" :: RapidTVNews

OTHER NEWS

FCC Form 477 due September 3, must be filed by all facilities-based providers of broadband connections to end user locations :: FCC Form 477 interface

23 Texas local governments hit in "coordinated ransomware attack" :: ZDNet

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