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September 25, 2020

BROADBAND

Nonprofit Digital C is deploying affordable broadband in Cleveland; "Digital C [is] making connectivity accessible for less than $20 per month, or free in some cases." ::  Cleveland 19News

"America's Worst Connected Cities (report from NDIA) :: Government Technology :: National Digital Inclusion Alliance

. . . "Cleveland is the worst-connected city with more than 100,000 households in the United States" :: Cleveland.com

South Carolina:  "On Thursday, state lawmakers passed a bill that would allow electric co-ops to lease out space on existing power poles to broadband providers interested in expanding internet access into communities that need it." :: The State :: AP

"Internet Access Is a Civil Rights Issue" :: Education Week

"FCC Keeps Using Bogus Data To Claim It's Closing The 'Digital Divide'" :: TechDirt

"Starlink, the satellite Internet provider from Elon Musk's SpaceX, will be able to support just 485,000 simultaneous users at 100Mbit/s across the entire US, according to one firm's new estimates. And that kind of performance won't even be available until the end of 2026, when Starlink floods Earth's skies with up to 12,000 satellites." :: Light Reading

UK:  "Virgin Media looks to double broadband speeds with 'Gig 2'" :: Broadband World News

"Something for Everyone at Broadband Communities' 2020 Annual Summit" (a substantive overview of this week's conference) :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

WIRELESS

More on McAllen, TX:  "A small Texas city is using CBRS unlicensed spectrum to deliver a free broadband service to its community, including its K-12 students that desperately needed Internet connectivity when their school district decided to institute remote learning in August." :: Light Reading :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"Scrapping its initial plan to build its own pay-TV offering, Ting has taken the path of least resistance (and expense) and opted to recommend service from YouTube TV and Sling TV to its broadband customers." :: Light Reading

"Cord Cutting Continues in Q2 2020" :: POTs and PANs

"By 2024, more than one-third of US households will have cut the pay TV cord." :: Business Insider

"Cable should brace for historically bad cord cutting in 2020" :: FierceVideo

OTHER NEWS

"Senate Still Divided on Comprehensive Data Privacy Legislation" :: NextGov

DoJ releases legislation to reform Section 230 :: U.S. Department of Justice

. . . "Justice Department Section 230 Proposal the Latest in the Trump Administration’s Campaign to Control Online Platforms" :: Free Press :: Public Knowledge

"What We've Got Here Is Failure To Communicate" (Michael Copps) :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

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