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July 31, 2020

BROADBAND

Mississippi electric co-ops receive broadband grants:  "The grant program was created by the Mississippi Electric Cooperatives Broadband COVID-19 Act, which allocated $75 million in federal coronavirus relief aid that the state received to help provide high-speed internet to home that do not have access to broadband.  The bill, which was passed in early June, attracted wide bipartisan support in the Legislature, and no lawmaker from either chamber voted against the bill" :: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Elko, NV:  "Community broadband project moving forward" :: Elko Daily

"Council approves resolution seeking to provide greater broadband access throughout Milwaukee" :: Milwaukee Community Journal

Hamilton County (TN) Schools and Chattanooga EPB partner to close digital divide: "Made possible by support from local private and public partners and by having a community-wide fiber optic network in place, HCS EdConnect powered by EPB is a new initiative that will provide internet services to about 28,500 economically challenged students in Hamilton County Schools in the greater Chattanooga area—at no charge to the family." :: Hamilton County Schools :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Gainesville, FL:  "COVID-19, Legal Constraints Shape City Commission’s Ongoing Discussions On Municipal Broadband" :: WUFT

"2021 Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) Program Guidelines and Criteria" (pdf) :: Virginia DHCD

"Proposed Tax on MD Internet Providers Could Close Broadband Gaps" :: Southern Maryland Chronicle

"The DIGITAL Reservations Act: A Practical Answer to Tribal Connectivity Today" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"In Rural Minnesota, 1 in 5 Lack High-Speed Internet Access" :: The Free Press

"Agree to Disagree: Should Congress Guarantee Broadband for All?" - podcast with Gigi Sohn, Christopher Yoo :: Intelligence Squared

"It's Time to Redefine Broadband Speeds" :: Gizmodo

"The Wireline-Wireless Bait-&- Switch Overcharged America and Caused the Digital Divide." (Bruce Kushnick) :: Irregulators

'Republican HEALS Would Rip and Replace Broadband":  "So the contrast is clear: Republicans, in the name of national security, want us to spend a billion dollars so that people served by small ISPs can get the same broadband service they have today. Democrats, in the name of public health, would have us spend billions to ensure affordable broadband networks reach and connect more people." :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"For schools to reopen, Congress must include broadband funding in the stimulus bill" (Nicole Turner-Lee) :: Brookings

"Attempts to close the Digital Divide count wins and losses" :: FierceTelecom

"Charter Considering RDOF Grants" :: POTs and PANs

"Spectrum seeks permission to impose data caps, breaking merger promise" :: Syracuse.com

. . . "Charter’s donations to charities and lawmakers may help it impose data caps -- Nonprofits and lawmakers that got donations urge FCC to kill merger conditions." :: Ars Technica

"Hughes to Plow $50M into OneWeb" :: Light Reading

"FCC Approves Amazon Kuiper Satellite Broadband Deployment Plan" :: New York Times

WIRELESS

"Going HAM in Big Valley: How Rural Pennsylvanians Went Wireless" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Verizon’s answer for rural broadband access is a new LTE home internet service" :: T'he Verge

CBRS auction update, after Round 8 :: FierceWireless

"CBRS private network put to the test by Utah school district" :: FierceWireless

"NCTA-The Internet & Television Association and New America’s Open Technology Institute have asked the FCC to proceed with freeing up the entire 6 GHz band for unlicensed (Wi-Fi) devices" :: Multichannel News

"Is 5G making you sick? Probably not" :: CNET

VIDEO

"Regulating Cable TV versus OTT" :: POTs and PANs

"Grosse Pointe Park council agrees to eliminate PEG fees" :: Grosse Pointe Times

"ACA Connects Will Allow Broadband-Only Members" - "Applies to new members and current companies dropping traditional cable" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

FCC issues Declaratory Ruling addressing pole attachment issues raised by CTIA:  "[W]e clarify that: (1) the imposition of a 'blanket ban' by a utility on attachments to any portion of a utility pole is inconsistent with the federal requirement that a 'denial of access . . . be specific' to a particular request; and (2) while utilities and attachers have the flexibility to negotiate terms in their pole attachment agreements that differ from the requirements in the Commission’s rules, a utility cannot use its significant negotiating leverage to require an attacher to give up rights to which the attacher is entitled under the rules without the attacher obtaining a corresponding benefit." :: Declaratory Ruling

"Smart Cities and Surveillance" :: POTs and PANs

"Another ISP accuses the record industry of submitting dodgy takedown notices" :: CMU

"Democrats want a truce with Section 230 supporters" :: The Verge

"So Much for the Decentralized Internet" :: The Atlantic

 

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