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August 17, 2020

BROADBAND

"Block Island to Build Rhode Island’s First City-Owned, Citywide Fiber Network" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Got Lousy Internet, Wisconsinite? Here’s A Big Idea To Improve It. -- Stop waiting for that web page to load and start demanding more from your local government." :: The Badger Project

"Municipally run broadband network urged at Worcester [Mass.] forum" :: Telegram

"High-Speed Internet to Come to Rural Indiana Via Blimp" :: Government Technology

"Chattanooga uses smart city network to give students free internet access" :: SmartCitiesWorld

"‘A national crisis’: As coronavirus forces many schools online this fall, millions of disconnected students are being left behind" :: Washington Post

"Bridging the digital divide has never been more critical" :: The Hill

"The Digital Divide: Remote learning not possible for all families" :: Boston25News

"A generation left behind? Online learning cheats poor students, Times survey finds" :: LA Times

"Illinois Addresses the Digital Divide" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"How Internet Service Providers Fuel Inequality - It’s time for Democrats to push for universal access to broadband." :: Washington Monthly

"Top cable companies quietly expand their broadband territory, ensuring growth for the foreseeable future" :: Multichannel News

"[T]he largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. – representing about 96% of the market – acquired about 1,245,000 net additional broadband Internet subscribers in 2Q 2020, compared to a pro forma gain of about 375,000 subscribers in 2Q 2019." :: Leichtman Research Group

"The Impact of the Work-at-Home Economy" -- "A community without good broadband has to view the work-at-home trend with dread because the data in this report hints at a continued outflow of workers, a continued brain drain of young people, lower housing values, and all of the other negative aspects of an area in economic decline. We no longer need a strong economic argument for improving rural broadband – it’s staring us right in the face." :: POTs and PANs

"Charter can charge Netflix and other online video streaming services for network interconnection despite a merger condition prohibiting the practice, a federal appeals court ruled. . . . The FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai did not defend the merits of the merger conditions in court, paving the way for [the ruling]." :: Ars Technica :: Multichannel News  

"AT&T Argues for Broadband Reform" :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"Why 5G needs better fixed broadband" :: Light Reading

"5G transport:  Don't underestimate microwave" ::  Light Reading

"FCC beats cities in court, helping carriers avoid $2 billion in local 5G fees" :: Ars Technica

"Personal Telco Project: A Case Study in Community Connectivity" (grassroots Wi-Fi in Portland, OR area) :: EFF

"AT&T 5G test drive: Not the next-gen network we were promised" :: Android Authority

"FCC Won't Stay 6 GHz WiFi Order" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"FCC as Edge Regulator - Action on NTIA [Sec. 230] petition would bring ‘sweeping changes,’ law firm predicts" :: Multichannel News

"FCC Announces Membership for Intergovernmental Advisory Committee" :: FCC 

"Names Surface for Possible O'Rielly Successor" :: Multichannel News :: S&P Global

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