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March 16, 2021

BROADBAND

"Community Broadband Legislation Roundup " :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Holland [MI] City Council supportive of public broadband project" :: Holland Sentinel

"Broadband Support Opportunities for State and Local Governments Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" :: K&H Beyond Telecom Law Blog

"Stimulus Bill Transforms Options For State and Local Governments" -- "A plan for the [Erie County, NY (Buffalo)] to lay cable for internet service was scrapped a year ago when Covid-19 blew a hole in the county’s budget, but ... plans to include the broadband project in the $178 million the county will receive." :: New York Times

Maryland:  "Governor Hogan and the General Assembly should dedicate a portion of [ARPA funding] to meeting the needs identified in the 2019 state [broadband] task force report. A set-aside of just 2%, or $80 million, could put a significant dent in the 'last mile' challenge facing the Eastern Shore and elsewhere in rural Maryland." :: Baltimore Sun

"Colorado aims to use pandemic to expand funding for broadband access" :: Axios

Connecticut cities expect to use ARPA funds for broadband infrastructure :: Hartford Courant

California:  "Three Laws [bills] Seek to Make Massive Investments in the Public Broadband Model"; SB 4 "would affirmative embrace the small local government/non-profit model of broadband by creating a state-backed bond financing program that would enable them to take 30- to 40-year, long-term, low-interest loans to finance fiber." :: EFF

"Texas education officials have a new goal: making free at-home internet available to every public school student beyond the pandemic." :: Houston Chronicle

Infrastructure bill:  House Democrats introduce Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow's America ("LIFT America Act"): $80B for broadband, additional $6B for EBB, etc.:: Link to bill :: House Energy & Commerce Committee

. . . "Next infrastructure bill aims to end ‘digital divide’" :: Roll Call

"AT&T: Only Fiber Can Fulfill America's Broadband Hunger" :: PCMag

. . . "AT&T promises fiber-to-the-home expansion in 90 metro areas this year" :: Ars Technica

"Changing the Definition of 'Broadband'" :: POTs and PANs

FCC proposes  Q2 Universal Service Program contribution factor of 33.4%, up from 31.8% in Q4 2020 :: FCC

WIRELESS

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

CBRS Auction 105 Long Form applications granted:  222 applications approved, 17,450 PALs  :: FCC

"Why some schools are investing in cell towers" :: NBC

"The WiFi 6 Revolution" :: POTs and PANs

Dish signs lease with American Tower for 20k sites :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

Modern Television Act of 2021 (Reps. Eshoo (D-CA), Scalise (R-LA) would reform retrans consent, enable arbitration :: TVTech

OTHER NEWS

Virginia enacts consumer data privacy law :: Consumer Data Protection Act

"7 people who'll likely drive the Biden administration's tech policy" :: Axios

"Toronto swaps Google-backed, not-so-smart city plans for people-centred vision" :: The Guardian

"Purdue Researchers Make Strides Toward Quantum Internet" :: Government Technology


 

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