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October 3, 2019

BROADBAND

"The Dos and Don'ts of Community Broadband Network Planning" :: Government Technology

Brattleboro, VT considering municipal / regional broadband options :: Brattleboro Reformer

"NTIA Releases New Broadband Availability Map Pilot for Policymakers" -- "Working with an initial group of eight states, we’ve released a pilot version of the map. ... The map will be made available exclusively to state and federal partners, as it includes non-public data that may be business sensitive or have licensing restrictionsT  he eight partner states include California, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Utah." :: NTIA

"The rural broadband community has a new ally in Merit Network of Michigan" :: POTs and PANs

"Here's why most of [Pennsylvania] doesn't have high-speed internet — and won't for at least 6 years" :: York Daily Record

"These Cities Have the Fastest, Slowest Internet in Rural America" :: PCMag

"Inside The Movement To Improve Access To High-Speed Internet In Rural Areas" :: NPR

More Questionable Behavior About Digital Redlining from AT&T: Dallas County, Texas :: MuniNetworks

Mozilla v. FCC:  Coverage and reactions to D.C. Circuit net neutrality ruling:  Link to Opinion :: Washington Post :: New York Times :: Multichannel News :: Ars Technica

. . .  "California Will Have an Open Internet -- And so will lots of other states, despite the F.C.C.’s decision." (Tom Wheeler) :: New York Times

. . . Editorial:  "A federal appeals court weighed in again Tuesday, but instead of providing a badly needed resolution, it only prolonged the fight." :: LA Times

. . . "CTIA, WISPA claim victories" :: FierceWireless

. . . "More reaction to Net Neutrality Decision :: Benton

. . .  FCC Commissioners' statements :: Benton

. . . Ajit Pai on "Fox & Friends" :: Multichannel News

. . . A guide to the 2020 Democrats' views on net neutrality :: Daily Dot

WIRELESS

"Charter Envisions a Fixed Wireless Triple-Play With CBRS" :: Light Reading

Henrico County, VA homeowners concerned about small cells -- "Some neighbors added they weren’t notified about the project via the County or Verizon, instead were left trying to get information from workers who showed up in their yard." :: NBC12

"FCC Modifies CBRS Spectrum Rules" :: POTs and PANs

VIDEO 

Can the Locast model work for local governments?   "So what can local governments do to help? Simple: they could just make broadcast signals available to their residents for free over the internet, from whatever markets their residents are interested in. Local governments in orphan counties and in areas that don’t have local satellite service–and others–can just make the programming their residents want available to them via the internet. Yes, this is legal–the law specifically allows governments [that are not pay TV providers] to retransmit broadcast stations, for free....

"Locast is a nonprofit organization that is currently taking advantage of this statutory license, and it is getting sued for the trouble. Since the statute itself is pretty clear, broadcasters have resorted to an argument that Locast is somehow not really a nonprofit organization. While this argument seems specious, it’s hard to think how you could possibly sue a local government for not being a local government" (John Bergmeyer / Public Knowledge) :: The Good Men Project 

OTHER NEWS

"Congress and Trump Agreed They Want a National Privacy Law. It Is Nowhere in Sight." :: New York Times

"Comcast Apparently Feels Qualified To Give Google Lectures On Monopoly Power" :: TechDirt

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