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March 13, 2020

CORONAVIRUS

"Broadband providers brace for coronavirus stress test" :: Axios

"COVID-19 makes data connectivity as critical as toilet paper" :: Light Reading

"Is U.S. Broadband Up to the Response to the Coronavirus?" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"How Will Broadband Networks Handle Quarantine Congestion? Mostly OK" (Chris Mitchell) :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Coronavirus exposes the digital divide's toll" :: Axios

"In the UK, a plan to pump £5 billion ($6.4 billion) into the rollout of full-fiber networks was aired long before COVID-19 was airborne. Yet it formed a central pillar of this week's UK budget, unveiled while the Boris Johnson-led government weighed its response to the coronavirus crisis. That £5 billion pledge was not a part of a £30 billion ($38.2 billion) package linked specifically to COVID-19. But the availability of decent broadband infrastructure could turn out to be critical now the virus is officially a pandemic." :: Light Reading

"OpenCape is Offering Clients 100% Free Bandwidth Upgrades to Combat COVID-19" :: OpenCape

Comcast bumps Internet Essentials from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps :: Engadget

"AT&T waives data cap during coronavirus; Comcast keeps charging overage fees" :: Ars Technica

. . . "Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon Should Suspend Data Caps Because of Coronavirus" :: VICE

. . . "Coronavirus could force ISPs to abandon data caps forever" :: TechCrunch

"Doctors and Patients Turn to Telemedicine in the Coronavirus Outbreak" :: New York Times

"Coronavirus Prompts Hospitals to Fast-Track Telemedicine Projects" :: Wall Street Journal

"Coronavirus: Two States Divert to Telework. Are Others Ready?" :: Government Technology

House Democrats press ISPs on COVID-19 readiness :: Multichannel News

"Pai Asks Broadband Providers For Concerted Coronavirus Effort" :: Multichannel News

BROADBAND

"USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31" :: USDA

"The Dirty Secret of Coaxial Broadband":  "I fear that since cable companies are becoming de facto monopolies in most cities that they have lost the incentive to get faster if that means spending money. The coaxial networks and speeds that we have in place today might be what we still have a decade from now, only with coaxial networks that are another ten years older." :: POTs and PANs

Westmoreland, NH (pop. 1,900) voters approve municipal fiber project :: Keene Sentinel

Southern Vermont Towns Unite for Communications District :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

WIRELESS

"Verizon was the big spender in FCC's 5G mmWave auction" :: Light Reading

WISPA cancels Dallas convention :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"A Maine federal district judge has upheld a state law requiring cable operators to place public educational and government channels (PEG) in the basic tier and on lower channels in the vicinity of broadcast stations." :: Broadcasting & Cable :: Bangor Daily News

OTHER NEWS

"Tech Policy Is a Public Health Issue" :: Public Knowledge

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