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March 3, 2020

BROADBAND

"The Rural Broadband Gap is Widening" -- "[U]rban speeds are getting faster and faster while the broadband for too many rural homes has stayed stagnant – where it even exists." :: POTs and PANs

NACo report:  "[W]e discovered that over half of our nation’s counties — on average — are experiencing Internet speeds below 25 [Mbps] which is the federal definition of minimum broadband standards. Additionally, 65 percent of counties are experiencing service levels below what has been reported by
the industry. The discrepancies lie between the maximum advertised speeds — required by the FCC’s Form 477 process — and the actual levels of Internet service experienced by users." :: National Association of Counties

Vermont:  "Rural towns to vote on community broadband projects" :: VTDigger

"Survey Supports Network Feasibility in Falmouth [MA]" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

More on Pew report on states' role in expanding broadband:  "The most direct bit of policy advice in the report—and also one of its bigger grounds for optimism—involves state efforts to identify and erase laws that impede broadband buildout by anybody but the telecom industry as we know it." :: Fast Company

"ReConnect Funding a Shot in the Arm for Virginia Co-op Fiber Broadband Deployment" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

West Virginia:  H.B. 4619 would enable electric utilities to use existing infrastructure to build middle mile fiber networks :: West Virginia Legislature

"The Digital Divide: An Isolating Problem in Cleveland" :: SCENE

"Supporting the Increasingly Important Missions of Community Anchor Institutions" (Jonathan Sallet) :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Bridging Digital Divides Between Schools and Communities" (Nicol Turner-Lee)  :: Brookings

USDA continues to make ReConnect funding announcements :: USDA

USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants available; application deadline April 10, 2020 :: USDA

"Telecom Solar Project: Clear Creek Communications Installs Solar Array" :: Telecompetitor

"How can broadband help you prepare for coronavirus or other disasters?" :: Blandin Foundation

WIRELESS

Residents frustrated by city's lack of authority over small cells in Pensacola, FL :: Pensacola News Journal

"Crown Castle expects ramp in small cells in backend of 2020" -- “'We expect to deploy another 10,000 small cell nodes this year.'" :: FierceWireless

"Airplane Wi-Fi could get a massive upgrade in the near future" :: Digital Trends

"FCC OKs midband moves for 5G" :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"AT&T TV Launches Nationwide, Telco Begins Phase-out of DirecTV Satellite" :: Multichannel News

"AT&T’s new online TV has contracts, hidden fees, big 2nd-year price hike" :: Ars Technica

"Cable One has no plans to dump pay-TV, CEO says" :: Light Reading

Gigi Sohn joins Locast Board of Directors :: Locast press release :: Broadcasting & Cable

OTHER NEWS

"Verizon is currently mocking cable companies that charge extra fees. Could this be the same Verizon that does actually charge them?'" :: ZDNet

"10 cities captured nearly 50% of the growth in new tech jobs" :: Vox

"There's one kind of technology stock that's been immune to the coronavirus fears roiling the market: Companies that allow people to stay at home." :: Washington Post

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