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August 21, 2020

BROADBAND

"Montana delegate makes rural broadband appeal at DNC":  "Rural broadband could be a game changer for communities like mine, and Joe Biden has a plan to make it happen." :: Broadband World News

"Mississippi Electric Co-ops Kick Broadband Projects Into High Gear With Covid Relief Funds" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Bellingham, WA:  "Mayor recommends appointing workgroup to study municipal broadband" :: KGMI

Stafford County, VA:   public school district's Internet connection extended to rural remote learners via wireless :: NBC Washington

"Schools Deploy an Awkward Mix of Buses, Mobile Hotspots to Get [Students] Online" :: The74

"For students without home internet during pandemic, could FCC's E-Rate help?" -- [Commr.] Rosenworcel ... called for an immediate expansion and upgrade to the E-Rate program as one of the only national tools that the federal government has to quickly close the digital divide.:  :: StateScoop

"FCC Hangs on to 25/3 Mbps Broadband Definition for 2021 Broadband Deployment Report" :: Telecompetitor

. . . "FCC Expects 2021 Broadband Report to [again] Rely on Flawed Data"; Democratic Commrs. Rosenworcel and Starks object :: Politico

"Walking Away from Copper" -- "The bottom line is these telcos will have to walk away from copper at some point within the next decade for the simple reason that the networks will stop functioning. From what I can see, both the FCC and many state regulatory commissions refuse to acknowledge that copper is dying and keep pretending that the telcos can somehow make this work.... [W]e’re going to look up five years from now and find a lot of rural homes without a telephone line and a cellular connection." :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"Losing the 5G 'Race' Might Not Matter" -- "In pioneering countries, neither consumers nor their service providers have seen many 5G benefits so far." :: Light Reading

CBRS secondary market predicted to be "robust" due to "light-touch leasing" :: FierceWireless

"Verizon expands state deals for 4G LTE-connected distance learning" :: FierceWireless

"'Verizon risks falling behind. AT&T risks falling apart. Dish’s network strategy still doesn’t hold up to scrutiny,' wrote analyst Craig Moffett in a Q2 report for investors today. But if there’s a single through-line that ties many disparate observations together, 'it is that everyone is chasing T-Mobile.'" :: FierceWireless

"AT&T, T-Mobile fight speed tests that could prove their coverage maps wrong" :: Ars Technica

"Want Verizon or AT&T 5G? You’ll have to buy an expensive unlimited plan" :: Ars Technica

"Goodbye 3G: Here's when T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon will shut it off" :: Light Reading

FCC extends C Band lump sum election deadline to Sept. 14 :: FCC

VIDEO

"ATVA: FCC Should Mandate HD Before Allowing Broadcast Internet" :: Multichannel News

OTHER NEWS

"Houston Is Using The Pandemic As An Opportunity To Build A Resilient Smart City" :: Forbes

"It's Not Too Late to Save the Internet" -- "If Trump obtains a second term, his policies will empower and legitimize efforts by governments around the world to fence off different parts of the internet in service of their own geopolitical and domestic objectives." :: Slate




 

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