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October 25, 2019

BROADBAND

BroadbandNow report:  "Dozens of new municipal broadband networks have come online in Q3 2019, bringing robust connections to thousands of residents across both urban and rural areas. High profile successes such as Ohio’s FairlawnGig are illustrating the transformational potential that these networks have for communities, and despite continued roadblocks in some states, we expect these networks to continue doing excellent work toward closing the digital divide across the entire nation."  :: BroadbandNow

. . . "BroadbandNow ... has unveiled a new National Broadband Map that includes, for the first time, the price of service to the zip code and census block." :: Multichannel News 

"Quincy Getting Serious About Municipal Fiber in Massachusetts" :: MuniNetworks :: Patriot Ledger

Vermont:  "ECFiber helps pave the way for other community broadband entities" :: Montpelier Times Argus

"Multnomah County [Portland, OR area] is looking to become one of the nation's largest public internet providers. Wednesday, the leaders from the county and several city leaders came together to kick off talks on a public internet option." :: KPTV

"Consolidated Communications is partnering with the town of Chesterfield, New Hampshire to build and operate an all FTTP broadband network. The network will reach every home and business of the Northeastern town through a public-private broadband partnership." :: Telecompetitor

"FCC Study Declares US Broadband Is Wonderful, Nothing to See Here" :: VICE

"Indiana County [PA] tries to keep up, but lack of internet access stymies schools, businesses" :: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Worst Connected Cities - 2018" :: NDIA

"Policy Scholar Shares Broadband Lessons Learned: Large Telecom Has Failed Rural America" :: Telecompetitor

"Study Says Broadband Caps Are A Big Problem For Google's Game Streaming Ambitions" :: TechDirt

"Rural broadband in jeopardy unless Congress fixes taxing problem" -- "Under the 2017 tax law, if community-based electric co-ops accept government grants to deploy broadband, they could lose their tax-exempt status and be forced to pay back a substantial chunk of that money to the government." :: The Hill

"Investment in Broadband Infrastructure Can Create Cost Savings and Community Self-Empowerment" (Cat Blake) :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Investing in Digital Equity: The Case for Broadband Expansion" :: Government Technology

"Broadband Can Alleviate the Health-Care Crisis" (Craig Settles) :: Government Technology

WIRELESS

"Nokia Plunges 20% as Telecoms Giant Warns 5G Competition Will Slash Profits" :: Barron's :: Quartz

Seattle:  "Gig Harbor, other cities feel steamrolled by FCC rules on accepting 5G cellular technology" :: Seattle Times

"Cisco predicts major backhaul upgrades for 5G" :: FierceWireless

"Using Wireless Backhaul" :: POTs and PANs

"Anti-5G activism is another example of people not thinking critically" :: GQ

VIDEO

"TV antennas are making a comeback as more people 'cut the cord'" :: KING5.com

Comcast lost 238,000 cable subscribers in Q3 :: Forbes

"Markey Warns FCC Against Giving OTT Effective Competition Status" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"Controversial copyright bill inches closer to becoming law as House approves -- 
The law would make it easier for rights-holders to file claims—perhaps too easy." :: Ars Technica

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