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January 21, 2020

BROADBAND

"Massachusetts Pursues Its Own Route to Broadband Expansion"--  "Since 2016, more than a dozen rural communities in Massachusetts have gained high-speed Internet with state support. Mount Washington and Montgomery, with populations under 1,000, have unique stories to tell." :: Government Technology

Marathon County, Wisc. broadband feasibility study calls for deployment of 32+ additional towers :: WSAW

"Rural Broadband in the House" :: Politico

"An internet connection can lift people out of poverty (yes, really)" :: Fox Business

CenturyLink fails to meet CAF II milestones in 23 states :: CenturyLink letter to FCC

Frontier fails to meet CAF II milestones in 13 states :: Frontier letter to FCC

Frontier plans to file for bankruptcy in March :: Bloomberg :: Telecompetitor :: Ars Technica

"Is it Time to Sell [Your ISP]?" :: POTs and PANs

"Fiber Deployments in North America Reach All-Time High," according to Fiber Broadband Association study :: MuniNetworks

"Broadband Provider Groups Urge FCC to Revise RDOF Letter of Credit Requirements" :: Telecompetitor

"The Decade in Broadband: 2020 Statistics & Predictions" :: BroadbandNow Research

WIRELESS

Op-Ed by Sen. Feinstein:  "Cities Should Determine How and Where 5G is Deployed" :: San Jose Mercury News

"Verizon’s plans to connect rural US in a 5G era" -- "4G rural customers will get… more 4G" :: TechRadar

VIDEO

"The Greed of the Programmers" -- "As a whole, traditional cable TV has probably now entered what economists call a death spiral. Most programming contracts are for 3 – 5 years and the cable TV companies already know of the big programming cost increases coming for the next few years. As cable companies keep raising rates they will lose more customers. The programmers will likely try to compensate by raising their rates even higher, and within a short number of years, cable TV will cost more than what most homes are willing to pay." :: POTs and PANs

"Comcast Says They Are Not Making Money from Streaming Services Like They Should" :: Cord Cutters News

"Why TV stations and cable providers keep viewers in the dark about their contracts" :: Tribune-Review

OTHER NEWS

"Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service" :: Ars Technica

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