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January 8, 2021

BROADBAND

Boulder Junction, WI invests in town-wide FTTP network; additional funding from CenturyLink, WI PSC :: WXPR

"Internet outage in Worcester [Mass.] revives municipal broadband discussion" :: Telegram & Gazette

"Report: Rural Areas Of Wisconsin Suffer From Major Gaps In Broadband Access" :: Wisconsin Public Radio :: Link to Report

"Electric Co-ops Form Broadband Association" (more on Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Broadband Cooperatives (VMDABC)) :: Telecompetitor

"Tech Priorities for the 117th Congress" -- "There’s bipartisan appetite for more broadband moves" :: Politico

"Building Better Broadband Underscores Joe Biden’s Top Policy Initiatives" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Could the Digital Divide Unite Us?" (NDIA) :: TechDirt

"Explaining the Affordable, Accessible Internet for All Act - Part 5" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"FCC Democrats Set to Move on Net Neutrality, Broadband Subsidies" -- "The commission will likely first move to reclassify broadband as a service under Title II of the Communications Act. That will allow it to restore rules requiring ISPs to treat all internet traffic equally, and take other actions to regulate broadband providers’ business practices amid the Covid-19 pandemic." :: Bloomberg Law

"Georgia's Runoff May Have Saved Net Neutrality" :: The Verge

"Creating (Finally) an Emergency Broadband Benefit" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

. . . USTelecom's suggestions for Emergency Broadband Benefit program :: USTelecom

"The most effective way to award large amounts of grants like the RDOF is through block grants that would allow each state to determine how to use the money." :: POTs and PANs

"How far is California from high-speed broadband Internet for all?" :: Univ. of Southern California

"Frontier agrees to [California] fiber-network expansion in plan to exit bankruptcy" :: Ars Technica :: Telecompetitor

Rural Health Care Program filing window opened Jan. 4 :: USAC

"Comcast data cap blasted by lawmakers as it expands into 12 more states" :: Ars Technica

WIRELESS

FCC adopts OTARD siting rules -- "Updated Rule Will Ensure that Local Barriers Do Not Overburden and Delay Deployment of Small Antennas Used to Distribute Fixed Wireless Internet Access Services to Multiple Customers" :: FCC News Release :: Report and Order

"WeLink nabs $185M investment for fixed wireless expansion" :: Light Reading

WISPA takes over Multifamily Broadband Council :: BroadbandBreakfast :: WISPA

"Explaining Open RAN" :: POTs and PANs

"The FCC has proposed $47 million in fines on 10 entities it alleges failed to provide the educational service required for the EBS spectrum (2.5 GHz) they had FCC licenses to use for that purpose." :: NextTV

OTHER NEWS

"The 1996 Law That Ruined the Internet: Why I changed my mind about Section 230." :: The Atlantic

"What Urban Flight Means for the Future of Work" :: Fast Company

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