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April 30, 2020

BROADBAND

"Project THOR Public-Private Partnership Hammers Out Path to Better Connectivity in Colorado" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"COVID-19 has taught us the Internet is critical and needs public interest oversight" (Tom Wheeler) :: Brookings

Joint letter to Congress from 200+ orgs seeking support for broadband in coronavirus stimulus packages :: Public Knowledge  :: Multichannel News

"McConnell: Infrastructure will not be in next coronavirus relief bill" :: The Hill

"The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate on Tuesday said he would like to use a large portion of the state’s coronavirus relief funds to establish broadband through the state." :: AP

Pew updates State Broadband Policy Explorer to include laws enacted in 2019; "Progress Made by States in 2019 Is Key to Increasing Broadband" :: Pew

WISPA, NRECA challenge Frontier's RDOF challenge removing 16,000 census blocks from eligibility :: WISPA / NRECA letter

"INCOMPAS Report: Only 25% of Census Blocks Have Competition for 100 Mbps Broadband" :: Telecompetitor

"During this crisis, President Donald Trump’s FCC could make an enormous dent in the digital divide if it expanded Lifeline, even if just on a temporary basis....But that’s unlikely to be a priority for this FCC and its chairman, Ajit Pai, who has spent nearly his entire tenure trying to destroy the program" (Gigi Sohn) :: Wired

"Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband to everyone" :: Ars Technica

ACA Connects COVID-19 broadband performance dashboard :: ACA Connects :: Telecompetitor

Akamai on COVID-19 broadband traffic:  “Beyond just the sheer volume of traffic is the fact that the increases are both downstream and upstream. ... [W]ith so many people working from home in general and people socializing via videoconferencing, traffic is flowing at heightened volumes both ways across the internet.” :: TVTechnology

"COVID-19 data surge is wake-up call for cable's weak upstream" :: BroadbandWorldNews

Colorado Broadband Office asks FCC to delay RDOF auction :: Colorado Broadband Office

"Rural Internet providers struggle to get protective gear" :: Politico

WIRELESS

"American Tower expects to dodge COVID-19 hit in 2020" :: FierceWireless

"5G Integrated Access and Backhaul" :: POTs and PANs

"Though it desperately needs a rich partner, Dish is moving ahead with plans to build a 5G network" :: Phone Arena

VIDEO

"New York AG Wants MVPDs to Refund Subs for Missing Sports" :: Broadcasting & Cable

"Are cable and satellite companies really aiming for billion dollar rebates from ESPN and other sports networks?" :: Awful Announcing

Locast:  “We’re very likely to prevail in our court case" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"The Resurgence of Voice" -- "Verizon says it’s now seeing an average of 800 million calls per day, which is double the number of calls made on the last Mother’s Day." :: POTs and PANs

 

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