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March 11, 2020

BROADBAND

"Georgia Activity Highlights Rise of Utility Company Broadband Initiatives" :: Telecompetitor

. . . Georgia legislation backed by Comcast "would curb 'discriminatory rates and fee practices' by electric membership cooperatives and provide a blanket rate for all pole attachments" :: Valdosta Daily Times

Shrewsbury (MA) Electric & Cable Operations (SELCO) planning FTTH upgrade :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"New Emphasis on Working From Home" :: POTs and PANs

"Coronavirus school closings are ‘exposing hard truths about the digital divide'" :: Fortune :: US News

"Lack of Broadband Leaves Students Behind" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

""Online first" census must navigate digital divide" :: Axios

The average cable package "costs more than all other utility bills combined" :: Cord Cutters News :: DecisionData

"How Cleveland is Bridging Both Digital and Racial Divides" :: Brookings

"FCC under fire from senators over rural broadband funding limitations" -- On Tuesday, two dozen senators — Republicans and Democrats — wrote to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai denouncing the agency’s new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, or RDOF" :: The Verge

Four ways to improve E-Rate connectivity and competition :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Comcast, Charter expand broadband domination as cable hits 67% market share -- Cable soars again as telcos fail to deploy enough fiber to offset DSL losses." :: Ars Technica

Elon Musk says Starlink will target only the hardest to reach customers, not competing directly with telcos :: Total Telecom

"State, Local Gov Coalition Urges Fed Broadband Investment" using C-band spectrum auction proceeds :: Government Technology

"Iowa Senate passes broadband incentives" :: Sioux City Journal

"Wisconsin Offers Tax Breaks for Rural Broadband Investments" :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"Verizon, AT&T Withdraw from Smart City Efforts" -- "Verizon and AT&T no longer have high-profile executives dedicated to smart city operations. And both have largely folded their smart city efforts into other business units. ... So why are AT&T and Verizon retreating from smart cities? It's because they're both already getting access to city infrastructure for small cells thanks to new FCC rules that went into effect last year. ... [A]s a result of the rules, Verizon and AT&T no longer need to ink smart city partnerships in order to get access to city-owned street lights and other infrastructure to house their small cells for 4G and 5G. Instead, they can simply leverage the FCC's new rules to quickly install the small cells they need, and they don't need to engage in any smart city agreements to do so." :: Light Reading

"Cox is Turning Your Home Internet into a Public Wi-Fi Unless You Stop Them" :: Cord Cutters News

Elk battle causes WISP outage in Utah :: KSL

OTHER NEWS

FCC announces tentative agenda for March open meeting :: FCC

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