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June 2, 2020

BROADBAND

"Community Broadband: The Fast, Affordable Internet Option That's Flying Under the Radar" :: New America

"Vermont Emergency Broadband Action Plan Proposes Universal Access Road Map" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative considers broadband service :: Concord Monitor

AT&T and Comcast enabling business-grade service for work from home (WFH) workers "with the speeds and options previously limited primarily to traditional business settings." :: Telecompetitor (AT&T) :: Telecompetitor (Comcast)

"Forget the Auction? Rural Broadband Acceleration Act Calls for Early Release of RDOF Funds for Gigabit" :: Telecompetitor :: House of Representatives

"Rural Broadband Provider Organizations Ask USDA to Relax 'Onerous' ReConnect Award Rules" :: Telecompetitor

. . . NRECA/NTCA letter to RUS:  "[F]or those ReConnect awards that are 100% grants, we recommend first that RUS waive the requirement for providers to spend matching funds in full prior to drawing down any grant funds." :: NRECA

"Four sources of funding for rural broadband networks" :: RCRWirelessNews

"Congressional leaders: Invest in broadband, domestic supply chains to restore economy" :: USA Today

"Democratic congressional staffers are signaling fresh optimism that some money for broadband will make it into another coronavirus relief package long mulled on Capitol Hill." :: Politico

"Avoiding another multi-billion-dollar broadband boondoggle" :: FierceWireless

"How Did America Lose Over 41 Million Miles of Fiber Optics Since 2007?" (Bruce Kushnick) :: Medium

"CenturyLink Expanding Fiber" :: POTs and PANs

"Broadband Subscriptions Are Up...But What's Behind the Numbers?" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"A New National Broadband Plan?" -- "As hard as I try, I can’t think of even one reason why we should waste federal dollars to develop a new national broadband plan. Such a plan will have no teeth and will pass out of memory soon after it’s completed." : POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"AT&T on track to cover 1.1M rural locations with fixed wireless LTE this year" --  "The offering ... promises speeds of at least 10Mbit/s down and 1Mbit/s up, alongside average download speeds of 25Mbit/s. Customers are limited to 250GB per month of data, but can purchase additional 50GB chunks of data for $10, up to a maximum of $200 per month." :: Light Reading

"Spectrum-Sharing Technologies Like CBRS Key To More Robust Wireless Networks" :: Forbes

VIDEO

"Wells Fargo stressed tested different video subscriber loss scenarios and found that even in the most extreme cord cutting circumstances, the financial impact to adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow will be limited, particularly since it will be partially offset by broadband." :: FierceVideo

"DirecTV Offers Subs Credit for Missed Sports Packages" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"Reactions to President Trump's Executive Order on Section 230" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

. . .  "Trump Social Media Liability Order Opens Partisan Divide at FCC" :: BloombergLaw

. . . "Experts Have a Warning" :: NPR

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