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May 20, 2020

BROADBAND

"The [Front Range GigaPop] broadband network, long exclusive to universities and federal research labs, offers unthinkably fast speeds and access to the brightest minds — and their data. And now, this decades-old network wants to expand to connect as many western Colorado educational institutions, K-12 classrooms, nonprofits, health care services and community organizations it can, from Denver to Durango and Grand Junction. ...  [FRGP] began learning how local governments were improving broadband in their own communities....'We’ve learned a lot and that there’s opportunities to really partner with these entities and really build community'" ::  Colorado Sun

"Municipal broadband investment needed now for ‘new normal’" (profiling success of Chicopee [MA] Electric Light fiber broadband network) :: MassLive

Harford County, MD seeks ISP to jointly pursue grants etc to serve rural areas, RFI forthcoming :: Baltimore Sun

"Louisiana Co-Op Broadband Bill Faces Hurdles in Legislature" -- "[T]he Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives ... said they supported the bill until wording was added that wouldn’t allow co-ops to sell broadband to their electricity customers who are mapped in areas as already served by broadband." :: The Advocate

Updated ILSR report:  "Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era " :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance :: Telecompetitor

"COVID-19 Shows that America's Broadband Plan is Still in Beta" (Blair Levin) :: Brookings

"Keeping Americans connected after 'Keep Americans Connected' expires" (calling for voucher framework) :: The Hill

"Closing the Digital Divide: Inside Cleveland’s Plan to Treat Broadband Like a Public Utility Service" :: The 74

"Poor Americans Face Hurdles in Getting Promised Internet" -- "Broadband companies like Charter and Comcast vowed to help low-income people during the pandemic. But taking them up on the offer hasn’t always been easy." :: New York Times

"There has been a long-running debate in the industry about whether broadband is recession-proof. Arguments can be made that homes out of work will hang onto broadband as long as they can in the hopes it can help them find work. In a few quarters, we’ll find out." :: POTs and PANs

"BroadbandNow Report on Muni Broadband Well Intentioned, But Off" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

FCC RDOF Phase 1 Auction webinar today, 2 p.m. ET :: FCC

"Pai Circulates Final Framework" for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund; FCC to vote June 9 :: Multichannel News :: Inside Towers

"USDA ReConnect Round 1 Comes to a Close Awarding a Total $744 Million, on to Round 2" :: Telecompetitor

FCC to explore using ATSC 3.0 broadcast TV standard to enable "broadcast Internet" using broadcast TV spectrum; ruleamaking would state that broadcast TV ownership rules do not apply :: Cord Cutters News :: Multichannel News


WIRELESS

"CBRS will bring change to energy and utility industries" --  "[T]he energy and utility industries see opportunity in CBRS. 'The 3.5 GHz band creates an opportunity to expand capacity because utilities will have access to as much as 150 MHz of spectrum (3550-3700 MHz) as well as “Long-Term Evolution” (LTE) equipment,' the Utility Technology Council told the FCC." :: FierceWireless

FCC releases draft Section 6409(a) wireless equipment siting Declaratory Ruling and NPRM; addresses "substantial change," shot clock commencement, concealment elements, conditions for approval, etc. :: FCC :: Multichannel News

"The FCC this week changed course and said it will allow fixed wireless providers to bid for government money designed to finance the construction of high-speed Internet services in rural areas.  But the agency is clearly doubtful that's going to happen.  'We expect it will be ... challenging for a fixed wireless provider to make a case that it can offer a mass market service meeting the Gigabit performance tier,' the agency wrote in a new filing this week." :: Light Reading

"mmWave 5G is facing more uncertainty than ever" :: Android Police

"FCC boss pleads with Congress: Please stop me from auctioning off this spectrum for billions of dollars" :: The Register

VIDEO

"Would Comcast or Verizon Ever Dump Cable and Go All Streaming?' ..."[T]here's little indication that an exit from that space is imminent for them." :: National Interest

"Cable operators would still rather sleepwalk pay-TV than stop it" :: FierceVideo

"Covid-19 Just Triggered The Worst Quarter Ever For Cable TV 'Cord Cutting'" :: TechDirt

OTHER NEWS

FCC announces tentative agenda for June Open Meeting :: FCC

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