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February 3, 2021

BROADBAND

Amarillo, TX:  "The approach we're proposing is to investigate a municipally owned broadband network" :: Amarillo Globe-News

Toronto considers municipal open access network:  "[T]he proposal is careful to say that a Toronto broadband network would not compete with the telecom companies, nor would it position the city as an internet service provider (ISP). Rather it aims to fill in gaps in underserved areas." :: NOW Toronto

Missouri:  "A bill that would enable political subdivisions throughout Missouri, including cities and counties, to form broadband Internet districts was filed recently in the Missouri House" :: Hannibal Courier-Post

Superior, WI hears feasibility plan for city-owned citywide fiber network :: Duluth News Tribune

Profile of Clarksville, Arkansas (pop. 9,200) FTTH from Clarksville Connected Utilities: symmetrical 1 Gbps for $90; “'We have a different motivation than privately-owned and public-traded companies. For us, it’s about community development, not maximizing profits'" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Worcester [Mass.] City Council not giving up on idea of municipal broadband network" :: Telegram & Gazette

"Washington Ports Lead Charge for Rural Internet Service" :: Daily News

Ohio Gov. DeWine proposes $290 million broadband investment :: Columbus Dispatch

FCC seeks comment on emergency petitions to use E-Rate funding to support remote learning; comments due Feb. 16, replies due Feb. 23 :: FCC

"Trump’s FCC failed on broadband access. Now, Biden’s FCC has to clean up the mess" (Blair Levin) :: Brookings

"Momentum Grows to Shore Up FCC [Universal Service Program], But Deal Elusive" :: Bloomberg Law

"As wireless providers move towards using data instead of voice calls, the Texas Universal Service Fund (TUSF)  ... has reduced payments received by rural telephone providers by 66 percent." :: Government Technology

"The high price of broadband is keeping people offline during the pandemic" :: MIT Technology Review

"The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund:  Rural America’s Broadband Hopes at Risk" :: NRECA

"Fix the RDOF now" :: Conexon Blog

"Fixing the RDOF" :: POTs and PANs

"Charter plans $5B broadband expansion to 1M+ locations" :: Light Reading

"FCC Readies for the Next Round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program" :: FCC

"With Loon Dead And Google Fiber Frozen, Google's Broadband Disruption Plays Aren't Looking So Hot" :: TechDirt

"As Gigabit Adoption Accelerates, Google Fiber 2 Gig Service Footprint Expands" :: Telecompetitor

Under pressure, Comcast doubles speed of Internet Essentials :: Comcast :: BuzzFeed :: Baltimore Sun

WIRELESS

"Evaluating the Capabilities of Fixed Wireless Technology to Deliver Gigabit Performance in Rural Markets" :: Vantage Point Solutions

OTHER NEWS

"Giving Away Our Data for Free is a Market Failure" (Nicholas Economides) :: ProMarket

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