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November 14, 2019

BROADBAND

Big win for municipal broadband in Connecticut: 
"The telecommunications industry lost and consumers won in a Connecticut Superior Court decision that gives cities and towns the right to use existing utility infrastructure within their borders to create municipal networks that deliver cheap, fast internet service to homes and business.. . .In the decision Tuesday, Judge Richard Shortall concluded that, under state law, cities and towns have the right to create internet networks by stringing their own cables on the poles and through the underground conduit that distribute cable television, telephone and electric service within their borders. The towns were opposed in the case by Frontier, United Illuminating, the wireless and cable television industries and the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority."  : Hartford Courant ::  Hartford Business Journal :: Link to opinion 

"The City of Alexandria [VA] is inviting companies to bid for the construction of a municipal fiber network, putting the city one step closer to breaking the current monopolies on television and telephone services in Alexandria." :: ALXNOW

"City-run internet service? Here’s how it would work in Quincy [MA]" :: Patriot Ledger

"Coldwater [MI] Board of Public Utilities staff will make formal recommendations to its board and the city council to install high speed fiber optic communication to both homes and businesses in the service area." :: Coldwater Daily Reporter

"Michigan’s MERIT Network:  Connectivity To and Through Community Anchors" (Jonathan Sallet) :: Benton Foundation for Internet & Society

"Small-Town Entrepreneurs Need Big City Broadband" :: Inc.

"Fact Sheet: Frontier Has Failed Rural America" :: MuniNetworks

FCC votes to modify speed testing procedures for ISPs that receive federal funding :: POTs and PANs

"Windstream and Uniti Headed to Trial, Gigabit Broadband Investments in the Balance" :: Telecompetitor

"CAF II Auction Support Authorized For 66 Winning Bids" :: FCC

WIRELESS

"Power companies, first responders and railroads are intensifying criticism of the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to allow Wi-Fi traffic on a swath of airwaves they currently use.  The groups reiterated their fears that the plan could disrupt 'essential services, including emergency response and recovery, electricity, heat, water and transportation,' in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai." :: Bloomberg

"As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge" :: Wired

"Verizon dodges 5G coverage question, stresses ‘5G Built Right’" :: FierceWireless

"5G Industrial Automation Isn't Right Around the Corner" :: Light Reading

"My Insanely Long Field Guide To The C-Band Spectrum Fight, And Why This Won’t End In December." (Harold Feld) :: Wetmachine

"OpenVault: Video Cord Cutters Surpass the Half Terabyte Bandwidth Usage Mark" :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

"The wheels are already falling off the vMVPD model, observe MoffettNathanson researchers in a research note released today. The financial analysts base this statement on third quarter results, which show that, with the exception of sports and news, consumers are becoming increasingly disinterested in what the researchers call “live” programming, and which some others call “linear TV” – in other words, programming that is scheduled to be viewed on a specific day or days of the week at a specific time." :: Telecompetitor

"Major Pay-TV Providers Lost About 1,740,000 Subscribers in 3Q 2019" :: Leichtman Research Group
 
"Hidden Fees Adding Up" -- "For example, the broadcast fee and the regional sports fees at Comcast increased from $2.50 in 2015 to $18.25 currently." :: POTs and PANs

"Verizon’s new set-top box is possibly the worst option out there for streaming.  It doesn’t even support Netflix" :: Verge

OTHER NEWS

"Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Triggers Federal Inquiry -- Deal with Ascension health system aimed at improving patient care provides Google with health-data gold mine" :: Wall Street Journal 

"The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company" :: Verge

"wikiHow embodies an alternative history of the internet, and an interesting possibility for its future" :: The Atlantic

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