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May 4, 2020

BROADBAND

"The coronavirus pandemic is breaking the internet" -- "According to most ISPs, the core network is handling the extra load. But our data show that the last-mile network infrastructure appears to be falling down on the job." (Sascha Meinrath) :: The Hill

House Democrats announce $86B plan "to connect all Americans to affordable broadband Internet" :: House Energy & Commerce Committee :: Washington Times

Vermont:  Update on Communications Union District ("a group where towns share the responsibility of building, operating and maintaining infrastructure for high speed broadband"); "[N]ormally it would have taken about a decade to bring high speed broadband to the [area], but some federal funding from the pandemic could help accelerate the timeline." :: WCAX

"Coronavirus Is Accelerating Broadband Growth -- We will close rural broadband gaps faster, and more cost-effectively, if we let every provider—and every competing technology—participate in solving the problem." [letter] :: Wall Street Journal

"Virtual School Leaves Kids Behind, Sparking New Broadband Push" :: Bloomberg

"Coronavirus pandemic shines light on deep digital divide in U.S. amid efforts to narrow it" :: Washington Post

"Where's the Lifeline?" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Mississippi Utility Commission Urges Broadband Investment" :: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Tennessee:  "Rural areas of Holston Valley waiting on internet provider to offer service" -- HolstonConnect [from Holston Electric Cooperative] about halfway done with construction :: WJHL

"Tullahoma [TN] Thrives With Fiber Network" from Tullahoma Utilities Authority :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"53% of Americans Say the Internet Has Been Essential During the COVID-19 Outbreak" :: Pew Research Center

Georgia:  2020 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge open to applicants :: Georgia Tech

Opportunities for broadband funding under U.S. Economic Development Administration :: U.S. Dept. of Commerce

"CenturyLink Asks FCC for CAF Deployment Deadline Extension, Citing COVID-19 Issues" :: Telecompetitor

"Frontier’s Bankruptcy Reveals Why Big ISPs Choose to Deny Fiber to So Much of America" :: EFF

"Frontier, amid bankruptcy, is suspected of lying about broadband expansion -- Small ISPs want investigation as Frontier tries to block FCC funding for rivals." :: Ars Technica

"Charter nets big broadband gains in Q1 as self-installs accelerate" :: Light Reading

"10GB Cable Broadband?" :: POTs and PANs

"At 204 MHz, cable operators can offer 1Gbps of upstream bandwidth, which matches what many telcos are offering through their FTTH networks.  But these upstream upgrades also require significant changes to the outside plant" :: FierceTelecom

WIRELESS

"Crown Castle didn’t see any impact on its business in the first quarter from the COVID-19 pandemic, and expects a significant increase in activity in the second half of 2020 as carriers ramp up 5G deployments." :: FierceWireless

"The US 5G rollout schedule also seems more or less on track, for now" :: The Verge

"Private secondary markets in spectrum are essential" :: FierceWireless

"Can 5G become your new broadband connection?" :: USA Today

"While mmWave accounted for a small part of the overall RAN market in 2019, the technology in aggregate is clearly moving above the noise in the small cell domain." :: FierceWireless

"The Evolution of 5G" :: POTs and PANs

VIDEO

"AT&T’s Cable and DirecTV Dreams Are Dying a Fast Death" :: National Interest

OTHER NEWS

"Office Work: Will We Ever Go Back?" :: Government Technology

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