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March 10, 2021


West Virginia broadband bill passes House; "allows for county and municipal governments to join co-ops among other entities that would let neighborhoods, non-profits or other groups band together to install broadband in local communities"; etc :: Charleston Gazette-Mail :: Link to bill

Profile of municipal FTTH network in Dayton, Texas:  "When DayNet comes online, it will make Dayton only the second city in the entire state to build and operate a citywide municipal fiber network" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Rockford, Ill., Mulls $200M Citywide Fiber-Optic Network Deal" with SiFi Networks :: Rockford Register Star

"Publicly Owned Middle-Mile Supporting Privately-Owned Last-Mile" in Medina, OH (last mile by LitCommunities/Medina Fiber, utilizing Medina County Fiber Network) :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Sterling [MA] Municipal Light Dept deploying "Local Area Municipal Broadband (LAMB)" :: Telegram & Gazette

Emergency Broadband Benefit application window for FCC approval now open, until March 22 (non-ETCs) :: FCC
(application available under "Provider FCC Approvals" tab)

"Millions of Students Got Free Home Internet for Remote Learning. How Long Will It Last?" :: Education Week

"A New Section 254: A 'Connect All Americans' Proposal" (Jonathan Chambers) :: Conexon

Charter Says Broadband-only Customers Are Now Using 700 GB of Data Per Month" - "CFO Chris Winfrey says the growing level of wireline internet usage is the reason fixed wireless won’t be able to compete" :: NextTV

"AT&T says customers are demanding fiber broadband" :: FierceTelecom

"Is Fiber a Hundred Year Investment?" :: POTs and PANs

"Federal money to SpaceX may hurt public broadband efforts in WA" :: Crosscut

"Dish, Space X Battle At The Broadband Subsidy Trough" :: TechDirt

"SpaceX moves to beam Starlink internet into trucks, boats, and aircraft" :: The Verge

"Democrats are gearing up to fight for net neutrality" :: The Verge


Keller & Heckman Telecom Webinar Series, Episode #3: "The FCC in Transition: An Update on Spectrum Policies Upcoming in 2021" - Thursday, March 18, 2 p.m. ET :: Keller & Heckman

"Wisconsin Tethered Drone Project to Expand Rural Broadband" :: Government Technology

"Crown Castle hints at the future of indoor 5G" -- "Crown Castle said it built a wireless network inside a New York City skyscraper at 345 Park Avenue. The 5G-capable, private wireless network – which was built on open RAN specifications – operates in the unlicensed 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band, is owned and operated by Crown Castle, and is initially being used for 'smart building' operations including tracking indoor air quality, tenant traffic and elevator wait times." :: Light Reading

"Verizon's New 4G Beats 5G, Big Time" - "Verizon's new CBRS airwaves bring 800Mbps downloads to 4G phones, and provide a hint of what next year's C-band 5G could look like" :: PCMag

WISPA " is urging the FCC to auction spectrum licenses based on smaller county-sized geographic areas for the upper 40-megahertz portion of the 3.45-3.55 GHz band." :: FierceWireless


"Traditional U.S. pay-TV subscriptions dropped by nearly 7.2 million in 2020" :: NextTV


Section 230 "Appears Likely to Survive as Congress Focuses on Details" :: New York Times


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