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February 5, 2020

BROADBAND

Washington, Mass. (pop. 538)  "penny pinches its way" to a FTTP network; "We're a scrappy little town. We're very do-it-yourself and frugal." :: Berkshire Eagle

State of the States 2020:  "The nation’s governors are delving into their varied policy priorities for the coming year, but a new shared reality is emerging: Governors are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the Internet. ... In 2020, broadband is now viewed as critical infrastructure, governors are prioritizing it as such, and it’s not a partisan issue." :: Government Technology

"South Dakota voters ages 50 and older overwhelmingly support policies to expand high-speed internet (also known as broadband) across the state, according to a new AARP survey. ... Eight in ten respondents said their elected officials should work to ensure high-speed internet service is available to underserved areas. This was true regardless of political affiliation." :: AARP

"Is the FCC Killing State Matching Grants?" -- "It’s fully understandable that the FCC doesn’t want to award grant money from multiple federal grant programs for the same project, and that was a loophole that is sensible to close.  ... But the idea of blocking states from making grants to supplement RDOF is counterintuitive. ... If the matching grants are killed, I have no doubt that the RDOF money will still be awarded to somebody. However, instead of going to a rural telco or electric coop that wants to build fiber, the grants will go to the big incumbent telephone companies to waste money by pretending to goose rural DSL up to 25 Mbps." :: POTs and PANs

. . . New York is now eligible for RDOF :: City and State New York

. . . California, Texas and Michigan would benefit most from RDOF over the next decade :: StateScoop

Public Knowledge calls on FCC to raise "broadband" benchmark to 100 Mbps, from 25/3 Mbps :: Public Knowledge letter to FCC

WIRELESS

"The 'race to 5G' is a myth" (Kevin Werbach) :: CNN

"America's Sputnik moment on 5G" (Hudson Institute) :: The Hill

"CBRS Wireless Will Create a New Category of Expense for Carriers and a Revenue Opportunity for Administrators" -- "Google, for example, is charging about $2.25 per network device per month for the use of its SAS — and anyone deploying CBRS likely will have to pay something in that range to one administrator or another." :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

"Google Fiber is dropping its TV package to focus solely on high-speed internet service" :: The Verge

"Today, if you work in the cable TV industry, I have some advice for you: time to look for another job, and fast." :: The National Interest

"AT&T is doing exactly what it told Congress it wouldn’t do with Time Warner" -- "AT&T's decision to prevent Time Warner-owned shows from streaming on Netflix and other non-AT&T services reduced the company's quarterly revenue by $1.2 billion, a sacrifice that AT&T is making to give its planned HBO Max service more exclusive content. AT&T took the $1.2-billion hit despite previously telling Congress that it would not restrict distribution of Time Warner content, claiming that would be 'irrational business behavior.'" :: Ars Technica

 

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