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April 28, 2020

BROADBAND

Fort Dodge, IA:  "Municipal broadband moves forward as Frontier files for bankruptcy" :: The Messenger

"Last week, Frontier Communications told the [FCC] that there are 17,000 census blocks in which it is now offering 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload. This means well over 400,000 Americans now live in areas no longer eligible for the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, a $20.4 billion program to expand rural broadband." :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Even In Crisis Times, There Is A Push To Wire Rural America" :: NPR

"When Congress acts on an infrastructure package to jump-start the economy, investing in upgrading America’s broadband infrastructure should be a priority." :: The Hill

"Congress, Don't Be Too Hasty" in funding rural broadband -- "My fear is a knee-jerk federal reaction that will throw giant bucks at the problem when the proper solution would be a series of grants awarded over five or more years to allow ISPs time to get ready. Funding in one giant lump would result in a mess of epic proportions." :: POTs and PANs

NTIA updates BroadbandUSA funding database website -- "The database has information on 57 different federal broadband programs, including various Universal Service Fund subsidies and Rural Utilities Service grants and loans, across 14 different agencies, with billions of dollars in resources." :: Multichannel News :: BroadbandUSA

"Fiber providers see strong demand during COVID-19 pandemic" :: FierceTelecom

"End the digital divide. Our children are being left behind." :: Washington Post

"To Get Students Online, Schools Cover Cost of Comcast Low-Income Plans" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

FCC releases 2020 Broadband Deployment Report, concludes broadband is being deployed to all Americans on a reasonable and timely basis :: FCC  :: Multichannel News

. . . "The FCC’s conclusion that broadband is being deployed to all Americans on a reasonable and timely basis defies reality. Over the past six weeks it has become painfully apparent to the press, policymakers and the general public that tens of millions of Americans don’t have access to high-speed broadband Internet service. Yet Chairman Pai has decided that it’s time to take a victory lap even as millions of children cannot do their schoolwork, workers cannot telecommute and families cannot connect to friends, neighbors or each other during the COVID-19 pandemic." (Gigi Sohn) :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

. . . "FCC Says Broadband Being Deployed on a Timely Basis, It’s Just Not Sure Where" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Elon Musk says Starlink internet private beta to begin in roughly three months, public beta in six" :: TechCrunch

"FCC Approves Third Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications" :: FCC

Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile extend connectivity pledge through June 30 :: Multichannel News

WIRELESS

"FCC Proposed 5G Fund for Rural America' -- "Agency Seeks Comment on Proposed Program to Distribute Up to $9 Billion for NextGeneration Wireless Broadband Connectivity in Rural America " :: FCC

"FirstNet Authority highlights 'Connecting Communities' in Annual Report to Congress" :: FirstNet

"A U.S. National Strategy for 5G and Future Wireless Innovation" :: ITIF

VIDEO

"Verizon lost 84,000 pay TV subscribers in Q1 as consumers continue shift to streaming" :: The Verge :: Multichannel News

"AT&T lost 897,000 premium television subscribers in the first quarter of 2020, reducing its total to 18.57 million." :: Informitv

"A Bad Year for the Cable Industry"  --  "The cable industry was already under stress and this year ought to push it closer to the brink where the traditional cable model breaks." :: POTs and PANs

"Sports-network fees stay in the pay-TV lineup despite no live action" :: USA Today

OTHER NEWS

Supreme Court rules Georgia cannot copyright its entire state code with annotations :: New York Times

"Where is Big Data when we need it most?" :: The Hill

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