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April 17, 2020

BROADBAND

"Internet service in western Colorado was so terrible that towns and counties built their own telecom" (more on Project Thor) :: Colorado Sun

Rural electric co-ops in Mississippi and Arkansas plan FTTP networks :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"NC Needs Local Internet Choice to Tackle Pandemic" (podcast) :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Tom Friedman on post-pandemic infrastructure investment: 
“Let’s … create tax, regulatory and funding incentives for every community — but particularly the many underserved rural communities — to install high-speed broadband and fiber to the home. … [T]he federal government [should] create a new loan program, reminiscent of the Rural Electrification Act, which would offer 50-year, no-interest loans to communities and co-ops creating rural fiber broadband networks and an easing of regulations to enable public-private coalitions to build rural broadband and attach high-speed fiber to existing telephone poles.” :: New York Times

"The Internet After COVID-19: Will We Mind the Gaps?" (performance gaps, coverage gaps, security gaps, utilization gaps, information gaps) (Blair Levin and Larry Downes) :: Aspen Institute

"Telemedicine is not enough" --  "It’s 2020, and millions of Americans—now bound to their homes—still don’t have reliable internet access. In a pandemic, that’s a public health crisis." :: Gizmodo

"COVID-19 is a wake-up call to close the digital divide" :: The Hill

"How Louisville, Ky. is leveraging limited resources to close its digital divide" :: Brookings

FCC tasks BDAC with addressing COVID-19 challenges :: FCC

"The FCC is Ignoring Its Section 706 Responsibilities" :: POTs and PANs

FCC to hold RDOF rural broadband auction webinar May 5:  webinar "will provide an overview of the adopted policy framework for Auction 904, the proposed procedures for applications and bidding in the auction, and tips for service providers that are interested in applying to participate in the auction. The webinar will also provide details on how small businesses will have an opportunity to participate in and win funding in Auction 904." :: Telecompetitor :: FCC Public Notice

R&E networks in CA, OR, and WA  (CENIC, Link Oregon, and Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP)) "Announce Collaborative Support for COVID-19 Western States Pact" :: CENIC

"USDA has announced that denied ReConnect grant applicants can now reapply for [new funding available under the CARES Act]  with priority access." :: Telecompetitor

"Top Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced the E-BRIDGE Act, which seeks to make it easier for Economic Development Administration grant money to go to broadband buildout." :: Inside Towers

"Report Underscores Role of State Policy in Broadband Expansion" :: Pew

"Americans are losing service despite FCC pledge not to disconnect" :: NBC News

"It’s Official, Frontier Communications Enters Chapter 11 Bankruptcy" :: Telecompetitor

"Broadband Monopolies Are Acting Like Old Phone Monopolies. Good Thing Solutions to That Problem Already Exist" :: EFF

WIRELESS

"In the COVID-19 era, the wheels on the bus increasingly bring Wi-Fi" :: Ars Technica

"FCC Extends Some Wireless Buildout Deadlines -- But not as long as carriers had requested" :: Multichannel News

VIDEO

"Cable Customers Plummet in 2019" :: POTs and PANs

OTHER NEWS

"This is the end of the office as we know it" :: Vox

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