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January 13, 2020

BROADBAND

More on NYC Master Plan:  "New York Has a Plan to Fix Broadband by Introducing Actual Competition -- The massive new network would be open access, forcing multiple new ISPs to compete for your broadband dollar. .... [T]he city says it will put out a call for private partners later this year. For around $2.1 billion, leaders say the project can deploy a fiber and wireless network that leans heavily on government-owned infrastructure."   :: VICE

"Can the Digital Divide Finally Be Bridged?" -- "Local leaders are identifying creative solutions and partnerships to provide more equitable broadband access." :: Route Fifty

"In Texas, where free enterprise is a prized tenet, the government of Mont Belvieu [pop. 7,500] stepped in where big-name companies wouldn't.  Starting in June 2018, every household in Mont Belvieu could sign up for the city's homegrown internet service, MB Link. It costs $75 a month for speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second." :: Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

"Gig City's second decade will deliver more speed, innovation" :: Chattanooga Times Free Press

"Anacortes, Wash., Shoots Down Sole Fiber Network Bid" -- "After the only bid to extend fiber-optic installations in three neighborhoods came in at more than double city estimates, officials opted not to proceed." :: Skagit Valley Herald

"Shave and a Haircut - and Telehealth" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"AT&T looks to fiber for revenue growth" :: FierceWireless

"Federal Subsidies for Satellite Broadband" -- "Giving money to satellite providers makes no sense as broadband policy." :: POTs and PANs

"Largest ReConnect Award to Date Will Fund Rural Broadband Expansion in Virginia" :: Telecompetitor

"Latest [Rural Digital Opportunity Fund] Proposal Calls For New Speed Tiers, Latency Requirements" :: Telecompetitor

"Ajit Pai Still Thinks Killing Net Neutrality Was a Brilliant Idea" :: VICE

WIRELESS

"Verizon is delaying its home 5G internet rollout again - 
It's waiting for more powerful equipment before expanding the network."; VZ targets 30M 5G Home users over next 5-7 years :: Engadget

"What You Need to Know About 5G in 2020" :: New York Times

VIDEO

"Verizon gets rid of annual contracts for internet and TV" -- "The changes are an attempt to prevent customers from moving away from traditional cable TV and turning to cheaper streaming services that don’t lock consumers into contracts." :: CNBC

"Here's Why the Old-Fashioned TV Antenna Could Be What Kills Cable Stocks -- Over-the-air digital television options are proving surprisingly robust, and the technology has finally caught up with demand." :: Motley Fool

OTHER NEWS

"Trump's war on telework" :: Washington Post

"Why Most US Utilities Are Failing to Make the Most of Their Smart Meters" :: Green Tech Media

"How Cities Can Turn CCTV into Smart Sensors" :: Government Technology

FCC's tentative agenda for January Open Meeting :: FCC

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