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April 13, 2020

BROADBAND

"A 400-mile fiber network built to provide broadband Internet access to 14 mountain communities across northwest Colorado [Project Thor] officially went online this week." -- "The network is owned by the [Northwest Colorado Council of Governments] and operated by Wyoming-based Mammoth Networks. The project’s partners include three counties, four towns, the Yampa Valley Electric Association, Northwest Colorado Broadband, a nonprofit in Steamboat Springs, and Middle Park Health in Kremmling and Granby."  :: Denver Post

"State Broadband Initiatives: Selected State and Local Approaches as Potential Models for Federal Initiatives to Address the Digital
Divide" :: Congressional Research Service

"Let Residents Finance Broadband Infrastructure Themselves" :: Coalition for Local Internet Choice

"Unequal access to high-speed internet could be the biggest obstacle to getting the American economy back on track" :: Business Insider

Pennsylvania:  "How the pandemic is exacerbating the digital divide in Allegheny County -- One local study found that a majority of households lack broadband internet in some neighborhoods." :: Public Source

Ohio:  "1 in 4 Miami Valley residents lack high-speed Internet" :: Dayton Daily News

"Are You Covered by the RDOF Grant?" -- "If your neighborhood has poor broadband and isn’t covered by these grants, then you need to yell bloody murder to anybody and everybody.  ... The fact is that if your neighborhood isn’t on these maps, or isn’t covered by a few other existing grant programs, then you are not likely to be getting broadband with federal grant assistance any time soon." :: POTs and PANs :: Auction 904 Initial Eligible Areas

Henry Paulson: "It’s time for a modern-day domestic Marshall Plan that includes massive government and private investment to rebuild and create the infrastructure of the future. This program can play an important role in spurring the recovery, creating jobs and giving the market a lift. But it must be future-oriented, not only repairing and maintaining roads and bridges but also investing and making regulatory changes to create a best-in-class national digital infrastructure." :: Washington Post

"What Could Be In A Post-Virus Infrastructure Plan?" :: Government Technology

"Lack of Symmetrical Networks May be Choking Internet Performance" :: BroadbandBreakfast

"Verizon's Emergency Discount for Low-Income Customers Leaves Behind Those Who Need It Most"  -- Verizon's fee waivers don't apply to DSL :: Gizmodo

"Monopoly ISPs Too Big to Make Good on Covid-19 Internet Offers" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Examining the prospects for Gigabit Broadband: Lessons learned from Google Fiber" :: Telecommunications Policy

"Reconsidering Brand X" :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"FCC Staff Report Reveals Potential State-by-State Eligibility for 5G Fund Auction in 2021" :: FCC Press Release :: FCC Staff Report :: Telecompetitor

"Traditional mobile backhaul won’t suffice for 5G" :: FierceWireless

"5G is looking like a casualty of COVID-19" :: Light Reading

"As 5G Era Begins, Consumers Have Already Experienced Vast Increases in Mobile Broadband Speed" :: Telecompetitor

VIDEO

"33% of Cable Subscribers Would Consider Cancelling if NFL Season is Postponed" :: Cord Cutters News

OTHER NEWS

"The Politics of 2020 Are Looking Less Ominous for Tech --
The candidates calling to break up Big Tech have faded away" :: Bloomberg

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