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January 28, 2021

BROADBAND

"A proposed bill to increase broadband access across Arkansas passed the state senate unanimously on Tuesday with 35 'yea' votes. Senate Bill (SB) 74 ... would allow municipal governments across Arkansas to initiate bonds to construct and equip broadband service facilities through partnerships [with private providers]." :: The Log Cabin :: Link to bill

Scott County, KY issues broadband RFI "to identify private sector entities interested in collaborating with the County to expand broadband to unserved homes and businesses"; responses due March 2 :: CTC Technology & Energy :: Link to RFI

More on Falmouth, Mass community broadband initiative:  interview with David Isenberg, Chris Mitchell, et al :: WCAI

"Cities that are thinking about building fiber need to think bigger and care about the broadband in a circle around the city. Cities that solve broadband regionally are going to have an economic development advantage over the many cities that are surrounded by broadband dead zones." :: POTs and PANs

Farmington, MI explores municipal broadband options :: Farmington Voice

Washington state:  "Push for municipal broadband, as pandemic highlights lack of internet access in rural Washington" :: KING5

"How Telecom Monopolies are Blocking Better Internet Access, and What We Can Do About It " :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Mapping, Impact & Adoption: A Research Agenda for Effective Rural Broadband Policy" (remarks of Gigi Sohn) :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Lawmakers Are Worried ISPs Can't Deliver on Their Rural Broadband Promises" (RDOF) :: Gizmodo

"RDOF Broadband Results Raise Concerns About Execution, Financial Risk" :: CoBank

"With AT&T Fiber Penetration on the Rise, CEO Questions Rural Fiber Viability" -- "This view of rural fiber probably contributed to AT&T’s absence in the recent RDOF auction." :: Telecompetitor :: FierceTelecom

"Cable companies are once again capping data on home internet service — here’s what it costs if you go over" :: MarketWatch

"Broadband Funding Opportunities in the COVID-19 Relief Act" :: K&H Beyond Telecom Law Blog

SHLB Coalition petitions FCC for Declaratory Ruling and waivers allowing use of E-Rate funds for remote learning during pandemic :: SHLB Coalition

"Pressure builds on Biden, Democrats to revive net neutrality rules" :: Washington Post

. . . "The new FCC could revive net neutrality, but right now it has more pressing issues" :: Android Central 

"Why Google’s Internet-Beaming Balloons Ran Out of Air" :: Slate

WIRELESS

"Verizon CEO: Majority of 5G sites running on telco's own fiber" :: FierceTelecom

"Carriers Go All-In On Mid-Band 5G" :: WebProNews

"Verizon said it plans to increase the number of its 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) transmission sites from around 14,000 today to 30,000 nationwide by the end of 2021. Some analysts aren't impressed." :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"DirecTV's Death Spiral Continues on as Hundreds of Thousands Cancel" :: National Interest

"Sling TV raises rates for new subs" :: Light Reading

OTHER NEWS

FCC's tentative agenda for February Open Meeting :: FCC

 

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