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October 10, 2019

BROADBAND

"Municipal Fiber Networks Power Digital Inclusion Programs" :: MuniNetworks

"Limited broadband access hurts economic mobility in poorest states" :: Axios

"The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council invites response to an RFI to collect input for the West Virginia Broadband Plan and to identify partnerships to improve broadband service in West Virginia. The RFI is directed broadly to companies who deliver broadband service, operate broadband networks, and/or invest in broadband infrastructure. The Council requests information related both to last-mile broadband networks and to middle-mile broadband networks. Responses will be accepted on a rolling basis through November 4, 2019." :: West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council

"Taking Action for Digital Equity in 2019" --  "In the U.S., digital inclusion programs have traditionally been developed locally and funded locally. The Digital Equity Act aims to change that by authorizing over $1 billion in federal funding over five years to support state and local plans and programs."  :: Google

Coming up:  Broadband Communities Conference & Expo, Oct. 30-31, Washington, D.C.  -- "Broadband Communities is committed to helping all communities maximize the economic benefits of ultra-fast broadband networks. As part of that commitment, Bridging the Digital Divide will be the focus of our 2019 High-Speed Broadband: Driving America’s Growth Conference and Expo, October 30 and 31." :: Conference Website

"CoBank Supports Telemedicine" :: POTs and PANs

"Oregon’s Net Neutrality Law Upheld by Federal Ruling" :: The Register-Guard

WIRELESS

FCC removes rules implementing small wireless facilities exemption from full NHPA / NEPA review:  "As a result of the court’s decision [in United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians v. FCC] and this rule revision, deployments of small wireless facilities are subject to review to the same extent as larger wireless facilities pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)  and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)" :: FCC Order

"30 5G Cities By Year-End, Says Verizon CEO" :: WebProNews

"Fears Over 5G Radiation Prompt Nationwide Backlash in Switzerland" :: WebProNews

"How Spectrum Sharing Could Span a Digital Divide -- Coordinated use of C-band for wireless would boost broadband access in rural regions" :: Multichannel News

"Editorial: Study halls on wheels [Wi-Fi equipped buses] big win for students" :: Butler County [KS] Times Gazette

"The Myth of 5G and Driverless Cars" :: POTs and PANs

"T-Mobile, Others Poised to Bid in Next Millimeter Wave 5G Spectrum Auction" :: Telecompetitor

. . . "but Cable is MIA again" :: Light Reading

VIDEO 

"Moody’s: 5G Could Cut Into Cable’s Broadband Pricing Power -- Credit rating agency says 5G could force cable operators to lower broadband prices to compete" :: Multichannel News

"Is the Retrans Cash Cow Running Low? -- Analysts see cord-cutting, virtual MVPDs leading to a fee slowdown" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"The Billion-Dollar High-Speed Internet Scam -- Elizabeth Pierce impressed investors with hefty contracts for fiber—until they learned she was the only one who’d signed them." :: Bloomberg

"For tech, it's all hard problems now" :: Axios

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