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February 9, 2021

BROADBAND

FCC Form 477 due March 1 from "facilities-based providers of broadband connections to end users," VoIP and local exchange telephone service providers :: FCC Form 477 Resources

FCC Annual CPNI Certification due March 1 from telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers :: FCC CPNI Enforcement Advisory

FCC Form 499-A due April 1 from all providers of telecommunications service and iVoIP; non-de minimis private carriage telecommunications ::  2021 Form 499-A Instructions

"DVFiber, a Communications Union District in southern Vermont representing 20 towns looking to build a [FTTP] network to more than 10,000 unserved and underserved households in the region, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in search of private sector groups interested in a public-private partnership agreement." :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance :: Link to RFP

"To Bridge the Digital Divide, Cities Tap Their Own Infrastructure" :: Bloomberg

"Chattanooga, Tenn., Makes Economic Case for Municipal Broadband" :: Government Technology

More on Washington state Public Broadband Act :: Kitsap Sun

Texas:  "Gov. Abbott Prioritizes Wider Broadband Access. Rural Texas Cities Are Optimistic." :: HPPR

Wyoming:  "Some 75 years ago, ranchers and farmers had the same issues over electricity as we do currently with internet service, and we fixed that problem with Rural Electric Cooperatives, didn’t we?" :: Cowboy State Daily

Tennessee:  "As traditional providers fall short on delivering high-speed broadband in smaller towns, several of Tennessee’s electric utilities are stepping into the broadband game." :: Broadband Communities

ITIF report criticizes municipal broadband affordability claims :: ITIF

"Mediacom Threatens 'Excessive Uploaders'" :: POTs and PANs

"'Rural Broadband': An Inefficient Solution for a Misdiagnosed Problem" :: Underline

DoJ drops net neutrality suit vs. California; ISP court case remains :: Ars Technica :: Engadget

Public Knowledge files Petition for Reconsideration of Mozilla remand order :: Public Knowledge

West Virginia:  "With West Virginia set to receive $362 million in federal funds for rural broadband expansion, Del.  Mick Bates  of Raleigh County is pushing for the state to begin regulating internet service." :: Register-Herald

FCC to conduct Emergency Broadband Benefit roundtable, Feb. 12 :: Telecompetitor :: FCC

NTIA conducting virtual Tribal Consultations in preparation for Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program :: NTIA

Interview with Matt Rantanen on Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program -- "The CARES Act created a $1 billion fund to help tribes build their own networks, but it may cost seven times that." :: Marketplace

"Regional ISPs Are Skeptical That SpaceX's Starlink Can Deliver On Its Internet Promises" :: Gizmodo

Amazon  touts Project Kuiper LEO satellite broadband :: Light Reading

"Lacking a Lifeline: How a federal effort to help low-income Americans pay their phone bills failed amid the pandemic" :: Washington Post

"Rural Providers Sue State Over Texas Universal Service Fund" :: Telecompetitor

Sen. Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Eshoo (D-CA) reintroduce the National Broadband Plan for the Future Act, "legislation that instructs the [FCC] to update the National Broadband Plan and develop an updated roadmap for achieving universal connectivity" :: U.S. Senate

WIRELESS

Eric Schmidt:  "[H]uge capital outlays in C-Band auction 'will probably result in disinvestment and downsizing,' especially as C-Band licenses impose 'no meaningful requirement to build necessary network infrastructure.'  He ruefully added that the 'massive sums winners paid for the spectrum will reduce their financial capacity to actually use it.'" :: Light Reading

"5G a Fizzle With Consumers" :: POTs and PANs

VIDEO

"CBS All Access crashed right at the start of the Super Bowl and fans were furious" :: For the Win

OTHER NEWS

"What May Be Ahead for Biden’s Infrastructure Plan?" :: Government Technology

25th Anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 :: Medium (Colin Crowell) :: FCC video

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