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May 14, 2020

BROADBAND

"House Democrats want $5.5 billion for pandemic broadband funding" :: The Verge :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

CoBank report:  "Rural Telecom Operators Take on Risks for Their Communities, But for How Long?" - "Setting up hot spots for school children to use while in the parking lot of a fairground is admirable, but this is not a sustainable model for rural operators or the community – and neither is the USF funding mechanism that only levies fees
against telecom bills." :: CoBank :: Telecompetitor

Public Knowledge:  Congress should prioritize broadband funding toward municipal broadband and co-ops and should remove limitations on overbuilding :: Multichannel News

"ILSR Challenges Frontier's Attempt to Block Rural Broadband Upgrades" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Representatives for the nation's Internet service providers are now arguing that Congress should cover the cost of customers who cannot pay their broadband bills due to the new coronavirus." :: Light Reading

Vermont:  "State stepping up broadband efforts as feds mull the same" :: VTDigger

Broadband additions in 1Q 2020 were 122% of those in 1Q 2019,  and the most in any quarter since 1Q 2015 :: Leichtman Research Group 

. . . "Cable Just Had Its Best Broadband Customer Growth in 13 Years" ::  Multichannel News

Report:  "Baltimore’s Digital Divide: Gaps in Internet Connectivity and the Impact on Low-Income City Residents" :: Abell Foundation

. . . "40% of Baltimore households lack wireline internet access" :: Technical.ly

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

WIRELESS

"A variety of operators are likely to bid in the CBRS auction" :: FierceWireless

"T-Mobile lays out $60B, five-year buildout plan for 5G," building "thousands of mid-band sites a month" :: Light Reading :: Android Police 

Verizon lowers expectations for nationwide 5G :: Light Reading

"The Proposed 5G Fund" -- "What [Chmn. Pai] and the carriers are  never going to say out loud is that 5G is an urban technology. All of the coolest features of 5G only work when cell sites are close together. The areas covered by these grants are the most rural cell sites in the US and will be serving only a few people at any given location. Low density sites gain almost no extra advantage from 5G, so they will effectively act like 4G LTE sites forever." :: POTs and PANs

VIDEO

More on FCC's proposed changes to determining whether a station is "significantly viewed" in a market - "The FCC is suggesting that actual signal strength of a station may be a better metric than audience/viewership data." :: Broadcasting & Cable

OTHER NEWS

"Telework May Offer a Silver Lining in the Pandemic":
"This may present an opportunity for Powell [Wyo.] and other small communities that face the ongoing problem of losing high school graduates to bigger cities where economic opportunities are greater — as well as the problem some local businesses face trying to recruit workers. ... Powell has an extensive fiber network that offers just about everyone in town broadband service — something that’s missing in a lot of rural towns." :: Powell Tribune

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