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January 2, 2020

BROADBAND

"In Sweden, municipal broadband is the rule rather than the exception. That changes everything." :: Broadband Communities Magazine

"The US Needs A Community Broadband Policy" :: Broadband Communities Magazine

"The city of Houston [Missouri] will be receiving a city-owned broadband internet system." :: Ozark Radio News

"Gila County, Arizona, to Create Broadband Master Plan" :: MuniNetworks

"Private Investors Take Interest in Open-Access Fiber Networks" :: Broadband Communities Magazine

NY:  Gov. Cuomo Vetoes Bill To Study Municipal Broadband Programs :: Post-Journal

"Why internet stops once school ends for many rural California students" :: PBS NewsHour

"What We Learned About the Digital Divide in 2019" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Thoughts on Rural Broadband Subsidies for the New Decade" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"US Rural Broadband Accelerates in 2020" :: Broadband World News

"Broadband DATA Act Unanimously Passes Senate" :: Senate Commerce Committee

"Fiber Anyhaul: The ‘Build-It-Once’ Approach" :: Broadband Communities Magazine

"NTCA: Rural Telcos Have Gigabit Broadband Available to Over 25% of Customers" :: Telecompetitor

"FCC Proposes to Further Curtail UNEs" :: POTs and PANs

"AT&T figured out a sneaky way to hide its slower home internet speeds from test results" :: BGR

"Telecommunications and economic development" -- "All in all, the role of telecommunications as a catalyst to leverage economic growth is conclusively proven over the years." :: Telecommunications Policy

Doug Dawson's telecom predictions for 2020 :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test" -- "In South Korea, where the next-generation wireless network has been rolled out widely, download speeds have risen but many users aren’t impressed" :: Wall Street Journal

"President Trump named Robert Blair as his new 'Special Representative for International Telecommunications Policy,' where he will be responsible for supporting the administration's 5G efforts. ... Blair has no discernible background in telecommunications." :: Light Reading

"The Government's Role in 5G" :: POTs and PANs

"Going backwards in the ‘race for 5G’" (Tom Wheeler) :: Brookings

"Forget 5G, It's 4G That Hasn't Even Peaked Yet" :: Light Reading


"2020 Preview: 5G devices go mainstream" :: FierceWireless

"Verizon hits goal of launching 5G in more than 30 cities -- But beware: coverage on the ground will be spotty" :: The Verge

VIDEO

"Congress Passes Bill to Fight Surprise Cable TV Fees" :: Consumer Reports :: POTs and PANs

"Court backs Comcast, puts Maine’s à la carte cable law on hold" :: Ars Technica

"Cable TV Network Ratings Are Plummeting as Cord Cutting Grows" :: Cord Cutters News

OTHER NEWS

California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect Jan. 1; "businesses are scrambling to keep up" :: LA Times

"States Press Ahead With Privacy Laws Even as Congress Stalls" :: Bloomberg

"The 84 Biggest Flops, Fails, and Dead Dreams of the Decade in Tech" (#1:  Ajit Pai) :: The Verge

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