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October 30, 2020

BROADBAND

"Community Broadband In The Age Of Covid" -- "There is no better time to start organizing locally for better networks." :: TechDirt

"Broadband for America Now" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"The State of Broadband in America, Q3 2020" :: BroadbandNow

"Kaysville, Denver, Chicago, Among Cities Voting on Broadband" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Broadband Surge Continues Amidst COVID-19, Comcast Sees Best Broadband Quarter Ever" :: Telecompetitor

"​Georgia EMCs, telecom providers float competing rural broadband offers" :: Newnan Times-Herald

"'Every day, we're falling behind in Appalachian Ohio': Lack of broadband hurts rural areas" :: Columbus Dispatch

Report: "The Digital Divide in Connecticut" : Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

"Too Many Rural Americans Are Living In the Digital Dark. The Problem Demands A New Deal Solution" :: Health Affairs

"Bringing Open Access Fiber Connectivity to Chicago" :: South Side Weekly

"[H]omes passed by fiber will increase from 40 million to 60 million over the next 10 years. ... Of the 40 million homes currently passed by FTTH, 14 million homes are actually connected to fiber, suggesting 37% penetration of the addressable market. New Street said that penetration is lower than it was five years ago because there has been an 80% increase in homes passed by fiber in just the last five years. Penetration in mature fiber markets has tended to stall at around 40%" :: FierceTelecom

Altice USA: " 60% of FTTP customer gross broadband subscriber adds in Q3 took the operator's 1-Gig broadband product" :: Light Reading

"Reaching Critical Mass for Gigabit Connections" :: Circle ID

"Rural Public Libraries as Telehealth Providers During Covid-19" :: Daily Yonder

"How To Fix Online Education In The Covid-19 Era" - lessons from Chattanooga (Deb Socia) :: TechDirt

"FCC Modernizes Unbundling and Resale Requirements" :: FCC

"The Upload Speed Lie" :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

FCC launches 10 year, $9B "5G Fund for Rural America" :: Engadget :: FCC :: FCC Report & Order

"The FCC Is Making a Boneheaded 5G Play to Improve Rural Broadband" :: Gizmodo

FCC revises Section 6409(a) rules to further "streamline" state and local review of wireless installations; "The revised rules provide that excavating or deploying transmission equipment in an area no more than 30 feet beyond existing site boundaries would not disqualify the modification from section 6409(a) treatment." :: FCC

"Will small operators survive in a 5G world?" :: FierceWireless

"Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Boost Rural Broadband Spectrum" (re: TV white space spectrum)  :: Public Knowledge

"5G in China" :: POTs and PANs

VIDEO

Pew Research:  "[A]cross those five TV station group operators, which together have over 600 TV stations, retrans fees were up 'sharply' in 2Q 2020, by 37% or a total $87.3 million in median revenue" :: NextTV

"No big surprise here, but the broadcasters fined in the Federal Communications Commission‘s first-ever finding of failure to negotiate retransmission consent in good faith want the regulator to cancel the levies, which total more than $10 million." :: Broadcasting & Cable

OTHER NEWS

"FCC Dems Can't Reconcile ISP Dereg, Section 230 Initiative" -- "Minority members say commission can't have it both ways" :: NextTV

"Business Risks 2020: Insurance, Legal and Finance Challenges of Cybersecurity"; Nov. 16, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m :: MAGIC

"A whopping 14 million to 23 million Americans are planning to relocate to a new U.S. city or region due in part to the growing acceptance of remote work" :: CNBC

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