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February 1, 2021

BROADBAND

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) :: “Congress has basically got to set out a lodestar that broadband on our watch is going to come to be like electrification was decades ago ... Every single infrastructure bill should have a significant broadband component.” :: Politico

2021 State of the State addresses "signal strong support for connecting citizens with investments in broadband expansion, more online services and virtual health-care delivery." :: Government Technology


"Hawaii officials push broadband as key to post-pandemic economy" :: StateScoop

"[T]he city of Waterloo, Iowa, is putting together a committee ... to explore the idea of forming its own municipal broadband utility." :: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

"A new grant program funded by Truist Bank's philanthropic initiative and administered by the Internet Society will disburse $1 million in funds to seven community broadband projects [in Southeast U.S.] over the next year and a half."; applications due Feb. 19 :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance :: Truist EPIC Grant page

"ISPs Show Solidarity on Emergency Broadband Funds" :: NextTV

. . . "Emergency Broadband Benefit: What We Know So Far" :: NDIA

"To vaccinate America, close the digital divide" :: The Hill

National Urban League releases plan to address digital divide :: National Urban League

2021 National Tribal Broadband Strategy :: U.S. Dept of the Interior

"New Massachusetts Bill Would Ban Broadband Caps During the Pandemic" :: VICE :: Ars Technica

"Since last spring, Baltimore-based student activists have been waging a campaign for faster internet speeds and arguing that [Comcast's] offering for low-income households, Internet Essentials, isn’t always fast enough for successful distance learning." :: BuzzFeed

Comcast reports "exceptional" Q4 :: FierceTelecom

"C Spire spending $1 billion to increase 5G, fiber broadband in Alabama, Mississippi" :: AL.com

Google Fiber adding 2-gig speed tier in Atlanta :: Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

"If you’re going to build broadband and have a choice of technologies, why is fiber the best choice?" :: POTs and PANs

'Ajit Pai's last broadband deployment report is same tired tune" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Comcast CEO Roberts Seeks More ‘Permanent’ Footing for Net Neutrality Laws" :: NextTV

WIRELESS

"Crown Castle inks 15K small cell deal with Verizon" :: FierceWireless

D.C. Circuit "Hears Challenge to FCC's 5G Radiofrequency Guidelines" :: NextTV

VIDEO

Study predicts "43% of all broadband households in the U.S. paying for traditional TV will switch to streaming options within the next 12 months. The main reason? Cable is too expensive." :: Cord Cutters News

Charter CEO "opened up the possibility that the cable operator's IP-capable 'Worldbox' set-top could be used as a video streaming device targeted to the operator's broadband-only customers." :: Light Reading

"DirecTV and AT&T TV May Lose Cox Media Group Locals in Carriage Dispute" :: The Streamable

OTHER NEWS

"Let's Not Forget About Solar Flares" :: POTs and PANs

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