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February 19, 2020

BROADBAND

Iowa:  Mediacom-backed bill "could prevent existing municipal communications utilities from offering discounted or competitive rates. It also would limit financing options for cities working to build their own fiber networks to provide internet, television and phone service to residents." :: The Courier

Detroit suburbs move forward with municipal broadband feasibility study :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Sen. Klobuchar on how to expand broadband access ::  Wall Street Journal

"Broadband Consumption Continues Explosive Growth" -- "[The] average monthly data consumed by households grow by 27% from 2018 to 2019, and in the fourth quarter of 2019 the average home used 344 gigabytes of data, up from 275 gigabytes a year earlier." :: POTs and PANs

"America’s monopoly problem, explained by your internet bill" :: Vox

"Zayo to Provide Backbone Fiber for Microsoft Airband Rural Broadband Initiative" :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"5G Sends a Confusing Signal" -- "Marketing hype remains hot for next-gen wireless technology, but network expansion seems to have slowed" :: Wall Street Journal

"Broadband in China" -- "[O]ne interesting thing [was] missing in the Chinese report. There was no mention of 5G." :: POTs and PANs

"Verizon: We have more unused [wireless] network capacity today than five years ago" :: Light Reading

"Common Networks brings 802.11ay to rooftops" for gigabit wireless; plans to expand to 25 additional markets over next five years :: Broadband World News

"Facebook Terragraph Gigabit Wireless Gains Deployments" :: Telecompetitor

"Now you can buy a 5G private wireless network with just one click" :: Light Reading :: FierceWireless

"Who is Dish’s mystery partner?" "Perhaps ... utility companies." :: FierceWireless

"Moving from ‘secret sauce’ to open standards for 5G" (Tom Wheeler) :: Brookings

VIDEO

"New FCC rule threatens funding for community TV programming" ::  StarTribune

"Did Greed Kill Cable TV?" :: Cord Cutters News

"Pivoting From Video [to broadband-only]  Is a Tricky Maneuver" :: Multichannel News

Preparing for ATSC 3.0 ::  Broadband Communities

"How Cable Companies Are Making Millions Off a Repair Service You Will Never Use" (e.g., "service protection plan," "wire protection plan") :: The National Interest

OTHER NEWS

ISPs sue Maine over opt-in web privacy law :: Ars Technica

Vantage Point and GVNW announce merger :: Telecompetitor

"The future of work looks like staying out of the office" -- "Dozens of studies find remote workers happy and productive. Why not let them be?" :: Ars Technica

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