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September 4, 2020

BROADBAND

Op-Ed:  "West Des Moines broadband plan shows how Iowa is demonstrating innovation again" -- "The state is already home to more municipal broadband networks than nearly any other state, and four more are under construction. When the private sector has failed to provide high-quality Internet service at an affordable price, time and again, Iowa’s local cities have stepped up to build their own networks." :: Des Moines Register

"UTOPIA Fiber is expanding through Utah and beyond, proving that fiber-to-the-home deployments can succeed even in small, rural towns." :: Broadband Communities Magazine

"How California’s Assembly Killed The Effort to Expand Broadband for All Californians" :: EFF

New Hampshire:  "'Comedy of errors' dooms town's broadband bid" -- "In February, [Sandwich, NH] received a bid of $2.5 million from Consolidated Communications to bring broadband service to the area. The town used this proposal to request a grant from the $50 million state program, which relied on coronavirus relief money from the federal CARES Act.  What town leaders in Sandwich didn’t know [due to program confidentiality requirements] was that Consolidated Communications applied separately for money to bring broadband to Sandwich. ... 'We ended up bidding against each other.  They put in a proposal higher than ours. The state let us bid against our partner.'" ::  Laconia Daily Sun

"SpaceX seeks FCC broadband [RDOF] funds, must prove it can deliver sub-100ms latency" :: Ars Technica

"Once an Internet Underdog, Satellite Is Having a Moment" :: Government Technology

"America's First Broadband Blimp?" :: POTs and PANs

FCC releases Connected Care Pilot Program eligibility requirements :: Telecompetitor

FCC fines company $164k for repeated failure to file Form 477, and submitting false data :: TechCrunch

. . . "FCC: Company That Filed False Form 477 Data Still Seems to Be at It" :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"How San Rafael, California Built a Neighborhood Mesh Network That Turned into Something More" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

FCC announces winning bidders in CBRS auction :: FCC Public Notice :: Bidder summary

. . . "A tale of two bidders: Verizon goes deep, Dish goes wide" :: Light Reading

Using schools as fixed wireless access points:  "Elementary schools in urban and suburban environments are ideal locations for master sites, since they typically serve neighborhoods close to campus. But any school facility can serve as host. All you need is a two- to three-meter, non-penetrating roof mount on top of the building, and a 3 GHz or 5 GHz point-to-multipoint wide-area network. That approach will reach many of the underserved students – and quickly and economically bring high-capacity broadband to hundreds of homes." :: RCRWireless

"T‑Mobile Launches Project 10Million, Historic $10.7B Initiative Aimed at Closing the Homework Gap and Connecting Students to Opportunity – for Free" :: T-Mobile :: Telecompetitor :: FierceWireless

"Verizon, Dish: What’s in their CBRS playbooks?" :: FierceWireless

"Qualcomm doubles 5G mmWave range to 2.36 miles" :: VentureBeat

OTHER NEWS

"Markey’s Bet on Net Neutrality Pays Off (But Not How You Think)." (Harold Feld) :: Tales of the Sausage Factory

"AT&T Is Astroturfing The FCC In Support Of Trump's Dumb Attack On Social Media" :: TechDirt

"Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Reject Unlawful Trump Administration Request to Rewrite Section 230" :: Public Knowledge

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