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January 26, 2021


"EPB's fiber optic network generated $2.69 billion in economic benefits in the past decade, study shows" :: Chattanooga Times Free Press :: Cities Today

"Cummington [Mass.] (pop. 800) ... has just completed its municipal Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. ... Ten years ago, Cummington had no high-speed Internet access options. Verizon offered the only DSL service in town" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Washington State legislation "Could Unleash the Power of Utility Districts to Offer Retail Broadband Services" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

North Carolina:  "Faster internet is a top priority for the legislature. But how can NC get there?" :: Raleigh News & Observer

"Renewed calls to speed up [Pennsylvania] broadband expansion" :: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Unraveling Middle-Mile Connection Opportunities, Challenges" :: Broadband Communities

"Low-Earth Orbit Satellites: Great Idea but Not for Everything – And Not Cheap" :: Broadband Communities

"Building the Best Emergency Broadband Benefit Program" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"How can President Biden help rural America? Fix the internet" :: Philadelphia Inquirer

Verizon announces "Accelerating America" policy initiative: "Congress should allocate funds for a new broadband program that supplements the existing Lifeline program. Eligible recipients would choose which program best fits their needs.  Eligible recipients would receive a monthly benefit of $20-$50 dollars that is distributed onto electronic benefit transfer cards similar to (or the same as) they may already have for other government assistance programs." :: Verizon

. . . "Verizon, AT&T Want to Kill Lifeline" :: Light Reading

"Buttigieg eyes broadband," supports "dig once" policies :: Politico

SHLB's 2021 Policy Roadmap :: SHLB

"Public-private partnership for building a resilient broadband infrastructure in Puerto Rico" :: Telecommunications Policy

"Broadband Price Report Finds Big Jump in Availability of Low-Cost Plans" :: Telecompetitor

More on FCC's latest Broadband Deployment Report:  "[It] includes the extraordinary statement that 83% of rural Americans have broadband speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps. If that was even close to being true, then Chairman Pai would deserve to make this the crowning achievement of his tenure at the FCC. Unfortunately, it’s not even remotely close to being true." :: POTs and PANs

"CenturyLink, Frontier missed FCC broadband deadlines in dozens of states - 
US law gives the ISPs one extra year before they have to forfeit money." :: Ars Technica

"OneWeb exec: Telco deals are imminent" :: Light Reading


"'It's ugly': Verizon 5G data boxes appear without notice on Houston front lawns" :: Houston Chronicle

. . . "5G boxes are coming to people’s homes, whether they want them or not" :: The Verge

"FCC Faces Skeptical Appeals Judges in Radiation Emissions Case" :: Bloomberg Law


"Broadband gains more ground in Q4 as pay-TV takes another hit" :: Light Reading


Personal reflections on Joe Biden and Jessica Rosenworcel, from Michael Copps :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society


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