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July 28, 2020

BROADBAND

"[T]he problem of people who can see the nearest broadband connection but can’t get it at any reasonable price remains one we not only haven’t solved but haven’t even properly documented." :: USA Today

"In pandemic’s Zoom era, Seattle takes another look at municipal broadband" :: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

"San Antonio will leverage traffic lights to expand fiber network for students" :: San Antonio Express-News

"Highlands, North Carolina, Issues RFP for Community Network Administrator" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance :: Link to RFP

"Rural North Carolinans are sicker with worse access to broadband" :: StateScoop

"Many Students in Alabama Contend with Internet Access Issues --  In many rural areas, more than half of all households don’t have Internet access and even more don’t have subscriptions. But the issue isn’t limited to rural areas; urban areas share a similar problem." :: Alabama Media Group

"Increasing low-income broadband adoption through private incentives" :: Telecommunications Policy

"Broadband Costs Too Much" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Research reveals best cities in world for business broadband costs ... The five most expensive cities for business broadband are all in the USA." :: Vanilla Plus :: Utility Bidder

"American Sustainable Business Council Calls for Local Broadband Authority" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Broadband Master Planning: A Holistic Approach to Meeting Broadband Goals" :: Broadband Communities

"The FCC Finally Tackles New Mapping" -- "Implementing new mapping without implementing penalties for lying is just kicking the can down the road for a few more years so that the FCC won’t have to address the real rural broadband shortfalls in the country." :: POTs and PANs

"Without mentioning Verizon by name, [AT&T CEO John] Stankey said he didn't see using 5G for a home broadband service. Stankey said he had an 'appetite for fiber' deployments across the consumer space, 5G and its business segment." :: FierceWireless

"C Spire Begins Pre-orders for Fiber Internet in Jasper and Trussville, Alabama" :: Broadband Communities

"Will There Be a Credit Crunch?" -- "What matters most to ISPs right now is what the banking industry is going to be like by the end of this year. What happens if many of the ISPs looking for matching funds for grants are unable to borrow? How might the FCC react if billions of grants fall onto the floor due to a lending crisis? ... It’s historically been relatively easy to borrow for projects that are funding largely by grants – but this is definitely not normal times." :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"CBRS auction starts off strong, with high demand in first round" :: FierceWireless :: Multichannel News

. . . round two: "CBRS Auction Ticks Up" :: Multichannel News

. . . Various Auction 105 stats, so far :: Sasha Javid

Case study of CBRS broadband deployment in Montour County, Pennsylvania :: Blinq Networks

"The Utilities Technology Council has joined broadcasters in suing the FCC over its decision to allow unlicensed use in the entire 6 GHz band." :: Multichannel News

VIDEO

"Without sports, Americans TV watchers are cutting the cord" :: MSN

"T-Mobile TVision Device Will Be a Dongle?" :: Multichannel News

"Sinclair Reaches Carriage Agreement with Comcast" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"NTIA Petitions [FCC] for Rulemaking to Clarify Provisions of Section 230 of the Communications Act" :: NTIA :: Link to Petition

. . . Commr. Rosenworcel's comments in response:  "The FCC shouldn't take this bait. While social media can be frustrating, turning this agency into the President's speech police is not the answer." :: FCC

"FCC Extends Telework Through Mid-2021" :: Multichannel News

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