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August 31, 2020

BROADBAND

"Springboro [OH] to build $3.5M high-speed, fiber-optic network" :: Journal-News

Op-Ed:  "Let's treat broadband like water; it's essential to rural communities" -- "Broadband policy needs a complete overhaul with rural community input. ... We must remove barriers to investment in broadband infrastructure by rural municipalities and rural electric cooperatives." :: Omaha World-Herald

"Microsoft president says broadband connectivity is ‘the electricity of our age’" :: GeekWire


Profile of Miami Valley, Ohio's GATEway Fiber intergovernmental network :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"First Round of Illinois Broadband Grants Includes $50 million in Awards" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"New Hampshire Announces Second Round of Broadband Funding" :: Keene Sentinel

"New Mexico Legislature Works on Broadband Expansion" :: Santa Fe New Mexican

Kansas:  "State grants ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance to boost broadband — if applicants win race against time" :: Leavenworth Times

"California’s Assembly May Do Nothing to Help on Broadband—Thanks to Big ISPs" :: EFF

"U.S. Cable Broadband Monopolies Close In On 70% Broadband Market Share" :: TechDirt

"Why hotspots and internet deals still leave thousands of Colorado students disconnected from school" :: Colorado Politics

"Here’s How Internet Speeds Have Changed During COVID-19" :: whistleOut :: TechRepublic

"StarLink Speed Tests Are Disappointing":   "[T]hey show a range of download speeds between 35 Mbps and 60 Mbps, upload speeds between 5 Mbps and 18 Mbps, and latency between 31 and 94 ms.  I call these results disappointing because the speeds are so much slower than Elon Musk’s hype about providing gigabit data speeds from the satellites for the average customer. ... I also worry that once the satellites are available everywhere that the FCC will assume that the rural broadband gap has been solved." :: POTs and PANs

"OneWeb gets OK for additional 1,280 satellites" :: FierceWireless

"Problem at US telecoms giant causes global internet outages" :: Daily Mail

"DOCSIS 4.0 prototypes could be here in less than a year" :: Light Reading

WIRELESS

"Maryland plans to build a wireless network for education that could beam a reliable, high-speed internet connection to homebound students, reaching the state’s most rural, isolated pockets." -- "The state is negotiating with an unnamed Maryland-based nonprofit to build, own and operate the network ... The state intends to commission a feasibility study by mid-October to determine where students without internet access are located and what it will take to deliver the network to them. ... The director hopes for the network to be fully operational across the state by August 2021." :: Baltimore Sun

"Secondary market for spectrum primed for big change thanks to CBRS" :: FierceWireless

"Ready for 5G? These are the plans you'll need at each of the major US carriers" :: CNET

VIDEO

"AT&T reportedly trying to sell DirecTV after massive customer losses" :: Ars Technica

OTHER NEWS

"New Zealand Is About to Test Long-Range Wireless Power Transmission" :: SingularityHub

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