May 18, 2020


"Cheap and Fast Municipal ISPs are Blocked in Almost Half of the US" :: PCMag

FairlawnGig (OH) municipal broadband utility customer satisfaction survey:  overall satisfaction at 94%, 77% "very satisfied" :: FairlawnGig

"Two New Communications Districts Join Vermont’s Growing Community Broadband Effort" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"How a Rural California Town [Gonzales] Got Universal Broadband" :: KCRW

"Jaffrey [NH] considers public-private broadband bond options" :: Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

"Fact Checking Yet Another Misleading, Mistake-Riddled Report From the Taxpayers Protection Alliance [bashing community broadband]" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance :: Full ILSR rebuttal

Orange County [VA] Broadband Authority continues rural fiber deployment :: Orange County Review

Appalachian Power receives approval for fiber broadband pilot from Virginia SCC :: WSET

"Uncertain Times Fueling a Shift in State Broadband Efforts" :: Government Technology

"America's surprising breeding ground for inequality: The internet" :: CNN

"Considering the huge problems that lack of rural broadband just caused during the COVID-19 crisis, there is no justification for not increasing the funding for the Universal Service Fund, and the easiest way to do so is to tax broadband customers." :: POTs and PANs

"Enough is Enough" -- "The FCC has a choice now. They can wimp out and grant the [CAF II] delay that CenturyLink is requesting, or the agency can come down on the side of rural broadband. There is no middle ground when it comes to CAF II." :: POTs and PANs

"Best practices" to compete in RDOF :: Multichannel News

"Spending in the Americas on telecommunications services and pay TV will absorb the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and remain essentially flat at $623 billion this year. ... Fixed data service is perhaps the biggest winner with a 2.9% increase as the sector strives to handle all the people staying home" :: Telecompetitor

Cisco posts drop in quarterly revenues (but better than expected by some) -- "While not everyone is slashing investment, the public sector was the only sales growth segment for Cisco in the quarter, up 1%. ... [T]he enterprise segment registered a 4% decline and Cisco's so-called 'commercial' customers spent 11% less than a year earlier. Even service provider sales fell 3%" :: Light Reading

"Corkscrew light promises higher optical-communication data rates" :: Ars Technica


Farragut, TN asks State of Tennessee and FCC to enable halt of new 5G towers in town :: WVLT

"Charter CFO: The 5G threat to wired home broadband has 'subsided'" :: Light Reading


"Comcast Blames Lack of Regional Sports Fee Refunds On Leagues" :: Cord Cutters News

ATSC 3.0 may be delayed due to COVID-19 :: Cord Cutters News


"Work-from-home productivity pickup has tech CEOs predicting many employees will never come back to the office" ::  MarketWatch

"Travis County [TX] plans for large part of its workforce to continue working from home permanently" :: KXAN


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