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February 10, 2020

BROADBAND

"Electric cooperatives could be the key to solving the rural digital divide" -- "Presidential candidates look to power companies created under the 1930s New Deal" :: CNET

"Not connected and no Netflix: ‘It’s frankly embarrassing’ in these Kansas towns" :: Kansas City Star

"President Trump’s vow in his State of the Union speech to spread high-speed internet service to rural America was one of the few bipartisan applause lines." :: Washington Times

"How bad is FCC broadband availability data? ... The total unserved population nationwide is at least 42 million – about twice the FCC’s estimate" :: Telecompetitor :: The Verge :: BroadbandNow :: VICE

Illinois:   "State to release $50M in grants to expand broadband" :: State Journal-Register

"Agriculture + Broadband = Fighting Climate Change" :: AgriPulse

"USTelecom Industry Metrics and Trends - 2020" :: USTelecom (pdf)

WIRELESS

Oral arguments today at 12 p.m. ET in Sprint v. FCC and City of Portland v. U.S.  (local governments, public power utilities opposing FCC 5G orders) :: U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit (link to webcast)

. . . "Local Officials Take on the Feds in Battle Over 5G Small Cells" :: Light Reading

. . . "Mayors who are suing the FCC call its small cell rules a ‘land-grab’" :: FierceWireless

"The 5G Experience in 2020" :: POTs and PANs

"South Korean Telcos Still Waiting for 5G Benefits" -- "That operators have not tried or been able to boost revenues from the sale of 5G smartphone services is no great surprise. The global telecom industry has learned painfully that higher-speed connections do not correlate to an increase in customer spending." :: Light Reading

"[Chmn.] Pai is proposing to permit higher transmit power and higher antennas for fixed white space devices in rural areas" :: FierceWireless :: Multichannel News

VIDEO

"Why do you have to prove cable subscription to watch free TV?" :: USA Today

"ESPN is Losing Subscribers Faster Than Ever as Cord Cutting Grows" :: Cord Cutters News

"Locast is the free TV streaming service that refuses to die" :: Digital Trends

OTHER NEWS

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

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