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March 12, 2021

BROADBAND

"National Efforts to Close the Digital Divide Require Local Empowerment" (Broadband Equity Partnership) :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"In the borough of New Oxford, ten miles east of the county seat (Gettysburg), the non-profit media group Community Media of South Central Pennsylvania is leading the charge to bring Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) victory for the approximately 102,000 residents spread out across the rural county’s 520 square miles.  But with restrictive state laws that protect incumbent providers from competition by not allowing municipalities to provide broadband service, and scarce funding for non-governmental entities to build broadband infrastructure, victory is far from certain." :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Knoxville Utilities Board approves business plan to provide broadband services :: WBIR

"Pending Bills In Washington Legislature Aim To Allow Public Utility Districts to Partake in Retail Broadband Market" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

House Democrats reintroduce Community Broadband Act, "legislation that will empower local communities to ensure their residents have broadband access by removing roadblocks for public-private partnerships and locally-owned broadband systems." :: U.S. House of Representatives

"House, Senate Democrats unveil $94 billion bill to improve Internet access" :: Washington Post :: The Hill :: Ars Technica

"American Rescue Plan: Broadband and the Social Safety Net" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Improving broadband is a key to making Biden relief bill pay dividends" in Western New York; "Once the holes in local budgets are filled and individuals given a reprieve from some of their financial worries, our broadband infrastructure stands as one of the best ways to invest in changing lives and extending the reach of Buffalo’s renaissance." :: Buffalo News

"Timing of $7 Billion E-Rate Expansion Has Education Advocates Eyeing Long-Term Connectivity Planning Over Quick Fixes" :: Morning Consult

Emergency Broadband Benefit USAC election process now open :: USAC

"Broadband Today:  Rural America's Critical Connection" :: Foundation for Rural Service

"New polymer cables could match fibre optic speeds with the simplicity of copper" :: PCGamer

"No Longer News – Big Telcos Ignore Copper" :: POTs and PANs

WIRELESS

"Spectrum:  The Pathway of the 21st Century" (Tom Wheeler) :: Brookings

"T-Mobile 5G Fixed Wireless to Launch Soon, Eyes Rural Expansion" :: Telecompetitor

"Verizon Doubles Down on 5G Home Fixed Wireless After C-band Win" :: Telecompetitor

"Verizon boosts LTE speeds in Philly via CBRS spectrum" :: FierceWireless

OTHER NEWS

FCC meeting agenda for March 17 Open Meeting :: FCC

 

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