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February 25, 2021


"ISPs Prepare for Flood of Broadband Billions" :: NextTV

"The broadband issue is, for the most part, a super-rare instance of bipartisan agreement in 2021" :: The Hustle

"West Virginia's Bipartisan Approach to Closing the Digital Divide" :: Pew

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduce the American Broadband Buildout Act; would provide "up to $15 billion in matching grants to assist states and state-approved entities build the “last-mile” infrastructure; projects must be located in "unserved" areas :: U.S. Senate

"At about $6 billion per year, therefore, the entire United States, except for the most-remote 3 percent, could have access to adequate broadband [250/25] in seven years or less." :: Broadband Communities Magazine

Long-term loans for rural broadband:  "There is an idea from our past that can build better broadband while not increasing the permanent deficit. ...Rather than the government directly funding electric infrastructure, the [Rural Electrification Act] offered 30-year loans to electric cooperatives to electrify rural America. There is no reason this same idea can’t work for rural broadband. ... The basic funding method used for electrification still makes sense, as does the idea of doing this through cooperatives. Cooperatives owned by the customers are willing to take on the long-term debt needed to make this work." :: POTs and PANs

"Orono and Old Town [Maine] leaders have worked with the University of Maine System for several years to build the infrastructure needed for better internet. ...The high-speed internet access that will be available in Orono and Old Town is the fastest service available in Maine" :: News Center Maine

Weymouth, Mass Mayor Robert Hedlund "wants the town to develop a plan for launching its own municipal fiber network"" :: Patriot Ledger

"Agawam [Mass.] mayor establishes Municipal Fiber Task Force" :: The Reminder

"Northeast Wisconsin races to improve rural broadband after pandemic exposes 'horrible' internet speeds" :: Green Bay Press Gazette

"Three Indiana Electric Cooperatives Announce Construction on Fiber Networks" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Musk Sees Starlink Satellite Broadband Service Offering 300 Mbps Soon" :: Telecompetitor

Virginia:  multiple broadband funding initiatives in Virginia legislature :: Roanoke Times

"Utopia Fiber gets $52.5M in funding to expand its network" :: FierceTelecom

"Net neutrality law to take effect in California"; federal judge rules against broadband providers -- "'The judge found ... that an agency that says it has no power to regulate, it has no power to tell others they can’t regulate'":: Washington Post :: Light Reading

"California’s net neutrality law is broadband companies’ worst nightmare" :: Quartz

"'Net Neutrality Hurt Internet Infrastructure Investment' Is The Bad Faith Lie That Simply Won't Die" :: TechDirt


"WISPA claps back at fixed-wireless critics in RDOF dispute" :: FierceWireless

"FCC Grants Additional Rural Tribal Spectrum Licenses" :: FCC

"Why Tucson is building its own 4G network" :: Light Reading

FCC announces winning bidders in C-Band auction; "Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile Won Big" :: WebProNews :: FCC

"5G in the U.S. is Disappointing Right Now, But it's Going to Get Better" :: The Verge

"Rosenworcel Proposes Framework to Free Up Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G" :: FCC

5G energy efficiency :: The Register


"Cable Networks Remain Profitable Despite Cord-Cutting—but Upheaval Is Coming - ‘It’s going to be really bad for independent networks’" :: AdWeek (sub. req'd)


"The Need for Training Telecom Technicians" :: POTs and PANs

FCC's March Open Meeting Agenda :: Acting FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel

House Democrats urge Pres. Biden to appoint acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel on a permanent basis :: The Hill

"AT&T and Frontier have let phone networks fall apart, Calif. regulator finds" :: Ars Technica


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