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April 15, 2020

BROADBAND

Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) -- 5G/Small Cell Expansion, Elk Grove Village, IL; responses due May 4, 2020 :: Elk Grove Village

"Benton Welcomes CDC/FEMA Incorporation of Home Student Broadband Access as Essential for Re-Opening Communities" :: Benton Foundation for Internet & Society

"COVID-19 pandemic highlights critical nature of home networks - 
This crisis provides an opportunity and an imperative for internet providers to come together" :: San Jose Mercury News

"‘We Can Do Better’: One Plan to Erase America’s Digital Divide" (interview with Susan Crawford) :: New York Times

Several mid-sized communities "are using facilities that enable network switching between regional internet service providers, who pay to connect their customers to fiber-optic cables. The infrastructure, which U.S. Ignite calls a 'digital town square,' or DTS, ultimately results in faster internet and lower latency for residents and businesses" :: StateScoop

"Want To Know Why U.S. Broadband Is A Bad Joke? Take a Close Look at Frontier Communications" :: TechDirt

"Charter still hates broadband competition, asks FCC to help prevent it --  If  [Charter's petition for a rules waiver is] approved, FCC won't subsidize other ISPs in Charter's planned NY territory" during RDOF Phase One :: Ars Technica

. . . FCC seeks comment on Charter's RDOF Eligible Areas waiver petition :: FCC 

"A Partisan Debate Emerges Over Internet Dead Zones -- 
The question over how best to extend broadband to consumers’ homes has grown in urgency" :: Wall Street Journal

"US's digital divide 'is going to kill people' as Covid-19 exposes inequalities" :: The Guardian

"The Austin Independent School District says it has deployed 110 buses with Wi-Fi to neighborhoods and apartments where home internet access is least likely."  :: KUT

"Library Delivers Wi-Fi to Those in Need -- Kansas' Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is offering Internet access by repurposing bookmobiles as Wi-Fi hotspots" :: Topeka Capital-Journal

City of Springfield, IL purchases Wi-Fi hotspots for students :: State Journal-Register

"Social Distancing, Internet Access, and Inequality" :: National Bureau of Economic Research

"Why E-rate Should Fund Home Broadband During COVID-19" :: SHLB

"AlticeUSA Extends Free Broadband to Students -- Eligible students to get broadband, WiFi without charge until end of school year" :: Multichannel News

"Slow Internet Is Speeding the Spread of the Coronavirus in Kashmir  -- ... New Delhi’s ban on high-speed internet is undermining the medical community’s ability to fight the pandemic" :: Foreign Policy

Vint Cerf:  "COVID-19 highlights technology as our first line of defense" :: San Jose Mercury News

"Broadband usage hits a record high on Easter Sunday" :: FierceTelecom

"The Consequences of No Broadband Regulation" -- "Other than to dole out spectrum for 5G, it’s hard to even justify the FCC any longer. If the US isn’t going to regulate one of the most important industries in the country – many would say during the current pandemic the most important – then perhaps we ought to stop pretending to do so." :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"CoBank Report: RAN Sharing Could Spur Rural 5G, CBRS Deployments" -- "A neutral host provider could enhance the appeal of RAN sharing by acting as a neutral third party to work with providers to determine cellsite locations, work with tower operators to negotiate space on the towers, procure network equipment and work with construction companies to deploy the equipment and establish backhaul connections, according to CoBank. The neutral host provider also would manage ongoing network operations and charge providers for network access." :: Telecompetitor

"CCA blasts FCC’s rural 5G Fund eligibility maps" :: FierceWireless

"Plans for fourth US wireless network [from Dish] dim amid coronavirus pandemic" ::  NY Post :: Light Reading

"Forget 5G for a Moment. Instead, Imagine 6G." :: Wall Street Journal

VIDEO

"Comcast Forecasted to Lose 1.67M Pay TV Subscribers in 2020" :: Cord Cutters News

OTHER NEWS

"Memorial: Henry Geller, Public Interest Champion and Pioneer: 1924-2020." (Harold Feld) :: Tales of the Sausage Factory

"The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments by Phone. The Public Can Listen In.  -- For the first time, the nation’s highest court will open a live audio feed" :: New York Times :: Washington Post

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