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October 15, 2019

BROADBAND

"3500 Days of the National Broadband Plan":
"[W]ith just 165 days left before the National Broadband Plan was to meet the plan’s original stated objectives, I explore some of the key components and objectives of the plan developed across 36 public workshops, 31 public notices, 9 public hearings, and approximately 23,000 comments from more than 700 parties. . . .

"3,500 days after the plan was released, it is clear the agency will not meet the plan’s stated benchmarks for speed, for universal access, for public safety communications, nor for access to high-speed broadband for anchor institutions like schools and libraries or to provide functional energy management controls. Each failure represents an unfilled public-interest objective"  ::   Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Citywide Broadband Initiative Could Be on Denver Ballot in 2020" :: WestWord :: Colorado Politics

Superior, WI approves funding for municipal fiber planning :: Superior Telegram

"Taxpayer watchdog group challenges Waterloo [IA] broadband study" :: The Courier

"Neighborly runs out of money to pay workers"; CEO says they are restructuring :: Government Technology :: Bloomberg

"'Digital Equity Act' proposes $250 million annually for cities, states" :: StateScoop

"60% of Farmers Say They Don't Have Good Enough Internet to Run Their Business" :: Progressive Farmer

"Animated Video Series Explores Rural Connectivity: 'From Crops to Co-ops'" :: MuniNetworks

"Huawei helped bring Internet to small-town America. Now its equipment has to go." :: Washington Post

"[T]oday’s blog looks at the predominant types of [broadband] partnerships that I see being created." :: POTs and PANs

"Sohn: FCC Authority is Key to Compromise Net Neutrality Bill" :: Broadcasting & Cable

"Latest CAF II Auction Authorizations Bring Total to $1.2 Billion, Almost All Funding Authorized" :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"AT&T and other carriers want to hide detailed 5G maps from FCC and public" -- "As FCC requires more accurate broadband maps, carriers want 5G to be left out." :: Ars Technica

"5G backhaul requires more symmetry than previous wireless generations" :: FierceWireless

"5G testbed in Virginia targets wireless security" :: FierceWireless

Latest on multi-state litigation re: T-Mobile/Sprint merger :: FierceWireless

"Public Knowledge Argues That Proposed Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Conditions Do Not Protect Consumers" :: Public Knowledge

"Next-Generation Fixed Networks: The Other 5G" :: Light Reading

Current fixed wireless average active speed is 4Mbps, 196GB/mo usage :: Telecompetitor

"Be Wary of 5G Hardware" :: POTs and PANs

OTHER NEWS

Drones used to smuggle contraband into Virginia prisons :: Virginian-Pilot

"“Opting out” is a myth" :: Quartz

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