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September 23, 2020

BROADBAND

Tennessee:  "By unanimous vote, the Henry County Commission entered into a partnership with the West Kentucky & Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative with a goal to provide the opportunity for broadband services for every household in Henry County." :: Radio NWTN

"How Monticello, MN's FiberNet Weathered the Storm and Brought Community Savings" (podcast) :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

City of Buda, TX exploring municipal broadband options :: Hays Free Press

"The city of Dayton is searching for a vendor to help bring high-speed internet to some high-poverty areas in the northwestern part of the city using federal coronavirus relief money." :: Dayton Daily News

"Broadband key topic as Congress members visit [Cumberland, MD]" :: Cumberland Times-News

"Broadband's Inequities -- COVID-19 has underscored the need for fast, reliable internet access. Here's how subpar service hurts communities." :: Realtor Magazine

"New Mexico Legislators Hampered by Internet Access Issues" -- “'I live in Mesilla, 10 minutes outside our state’s second-biggest city, and the only Internet I can get comes through a phone line,' the Democrat [Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena] said, referring to her town near Las Cruces. 'There’s no broadband, no fiber optics.'" :: Santa Fe New Mexican

Op-ed:  "Is It Time For The Internet To Be A School-Managed Public Utility?" -- "If we can agree that an internet connection is as much a necessity of modern life as electricity and telecommunications, why not declare the internet a public utility, and why not make use of the government entity that already reaches to every corner of the country—US public school districts." :: Forbes

INCOMPAS:  "The Commission Should Update the Fixed Broadband Performance Benchmark to 1 Gbps" :: Comments of INCOMPAS

"NCTA: FCC Should Stick with 25/3 Speed Threshold" :: Multichannel News

Australia's National Broadband Network coalition receives $3.5B roll out fibre 'deeper and closer to homes' :: The Guardian

"Windstream Officially Exits Bankruptcy, Restructuring Now Complete" :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"At least one analyst thinks the CBRS auction failed in its goal" -- "[Ian] Gillott pointed out that only four universities got licenses, even though educational institutions around the country are active users of the unlicensed portion of the CBRS spectrum. “In that respect I think the CBRS PALs were a failure. I don’t think four universities was a success.” :: FierceWireless

"Why did utilities pay so much for CBRS licenses?" :: FierceWireless

"CBRS Backhaul Supports Texas Citywide Hotspot Deployment Targeting Students" (McAllen, Texas) :: Telecompetitor

"WISPs Get CBRS Range as Great as Six Miles at 100 Mbps Speeds" :: Telecompetitor

"A 400-resident village in Wales suffered 18 months of DSL Internet outages each morning until the culprit was identified as electrical interference from an old TV set." :: Ars Technica

"Amazon details its low-bandwidth Sidewalk neighborhood network, coming to Echo and Tile devices soon" :: TechCrunch

VIDEO

"Locast: Everything You Need to Know About the Streaming Platform Some Are Calling ‘Aereo 2’" :: NextTV

OTHER NEWS

"Post-Virus Telework: Michigan Considers the Future" :: Government Technology

"Canton, Ohio, Police Expand Wi-Fiber Surveillance Network" :: The Repository

"The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future" :: Wired

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