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September 15, 2020

BROADBAND

"Broadband grows best when states are proactive, take down barriers" :: Purdue University

"Farmington, N.M., Utility Considers Offering Internet Service" :: The Daily Times

"Tri-County Rural Electric is Going Big as First Electric Cooperative To Do Fiber in Pennsylvania" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Huntington [W.Va.] Mayor Steve Williams says Comcast and corporate telecommunications lobbyists are actively trying to stop the city from receiving" broadband grant funding from Appalachian Regional Commission :: Herald-Dispatch

Buffalo, N.Y. issues RFP for broadband connectivity assessment; responses due Sept. 18 :: WGRZ

"Coronavirus may preview an acceleration of the digital divide," according to Deutsche Bank :: Axios 

. . .  "76% of Blacks and 62% of Hispanics could get shut out or be under-prepared for 86% of jobs in the US by 2045. If this digital racial gap is not addressed, in one generation alone, digitization could render the country’s minorities into an unemployment abyss" :: Deutsche Bank Research

"Lack of Broadband Access Linked to Childhood Poverty" :: Broadband Communities

"An analysis of the impacts of telecommunications technology and innovation on economic growth" :: Telecommunications Policy

"AT&T’s Stankey Broadband Game Plan":  "Extract Government Subsidies Claiming to Connect Every American to Broadband, while Removing Regulations and Overcharging Them…Again." (Bruce Kushnick) :: Medium

. . . "The AT&T Monopoly Gives Tips On Fixing A Broadband Problem It Spent Thirty Years Creating" :: TechDirt

State of Mississippi subpoenas AT&T for "records of the work it promised to do to expand broadband access in the state after the Public Service Commission gave the company almost $300 million" :: AP

Google Fiber testing 2 Gig service in Nashville and Huntsville :: Google :: Light Reading

CenturyLink rebrands under three separate entities: Lumen Technologies, CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber -- "Lumen Technologies' platform brings together a global fiber network, edge cloud capabilities, and security and communication and collaboration solutions while Quantum Fiber is a subscription-based, fully digital platform for delivering fiber-based products and services to residents and small businesses.  The CenturyLink brand will continue to be used for residential and small business customers over traditional networks." :: FierceTelecom :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"5G in rural areas bridges a gap that 4G doesn’t, especially low- and mid-band - The mmWave revolution isn't here yet, but the other parts of 5G are more important." :: Ars Technica

5G vs. cable:  "In terms of a widespread technology to compete with cable, you're going to have to put in so many hub sites and so many cells to make millimeter wave work that I think the cost just starts to go up to the point where you might as well build a fiber-to-the-home network or very close to it." :: Light Reading

"Is 5G fixed wireless getting ready for its comeback?" :: Light Reading

OTHER NEWS

"4th Quarter USF Contribution Factor is 27.1 percent" :: FCC

"Who would Joe Biden pick for the FCC?" :: Protocol

"Students Without Internet Access To Attend Remotely By Peering Through Home Window Of Wealthier Classmate" :: The Onion

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