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February 22, 2021

BROADBAND

"House Republicans propose nationwide ban on municipal broadband networks -- GOP claims ban would 'promote competition by limiting government-run networks.'" :: Ars Technica

"Arkansas Opens the Door for Municipal Broadband Networks" :: Government Technology

"Albany [NY] council calls for city-owned internet study" :: Times Union

Superior, WI considers municipal broadband :: Superior Telegram

"Cooperatives: The Unsung Heroes of Broadband" (remarks of Christopher Ali, focusing on Virginia) :: Benton Foundation for Internet & Society

"A 'First of Its Kind' Broadband Co-op is Born: -- Five electric cooperatives in three states have joined forces to form a new broadband co-op with a mission to bring high-speed Internet service to the unserved rural parts of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware." :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Pandemic puts money, political muscle behind broadband' :: Axios

K&H Telecom Webinar Series #2:  "How to Take Advantage of Recently Enacted Broadband Grant and Subsidy Programs, and What's on the Horizon" - Thurs. March 4, 2 p.m. ET :: Keller & Heckman

Bipartisan, fast-tracked support for Ohio's $210M broadband expansion bill :: AP

"FCC Split Over Who Gets Emergency Broadband Funds First" :: Law360

"Why We Need Community Based Outreach For EBB" :: NDIA

"Broadband Solutions to Pandemic Problems" - coverage of last week's House subcommittee hearing :: Benton Foundation for Internet & Society

"Nearing a Tipping Point on USF Contribution Reform?" :: K&H Beyond Telecom Law Blog

California PUC adopts telecommunications resiliency rules: providers (including VoIP) in certain areas required to maintain 72 hour backup power :: Link to Decision

Profile of Vermont's ECFiber:  "Building a Fiber-to-Premises Network in the Rural United States" :: CircleID

Georgia: "[T]he way the FCC defines an unserved area – where just one customer in a census block getting a certain level of broadband access is considered served – is different than the way Georgia defines it ... Georgia considers a census block unserved if 20 percent or more there can't receive broadband service of at least 25 megabits per second on download and three megabits on upload. That means there are 12,316 census blocks in the state that are unserved that don't fit the FCC's criteria and wouldn't be covered... that is 'close to 300,000 locations across the state that are not eligible for FCC funding'" :: Augusta Chronicle

"With KentuckyWired 'substantially complete,' exclusive provider looks to attract customers" :: Louisville Courier Journal

"Cable networks are set for a much-needed upstream boost" :: Light Reading

"FTTC vs FTTP: What's the difference?" :: TechRadar

"Comcast reluctantly drops data-cap enforcement in 12 states for rest of 2021" :: Ars Technica

"More Delays on CAF II" :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"Going Wireless for Students and Seniors in Tucson" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Terahertz spectrum will pave the way to 6G" :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"MobiTV is in a financial pinch" :: Light Reading

OTHER NEWS

"The Internet is Splintering" :: New York Times

"States Push Internet Privacy Rules in Lieu of Federal Standards" :: Wall Street Journal

"Why you’ll be hearing a lot less about ‘smart cities’: Growing backlash against big technology companies, combined with the pandemic, has led to diminishing enthusiasm" :: City Monitor


 

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