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March 18, 2021


Arizona Commerce Authority issues RFP seeking consulting assistance to update Arizona Broadband Strategic plan to reflect new federal stimulus monies; proposals due April 15 :: Arizona Commerce Authority

"Kentucky State Senate Passes Broadband Funding Bill -- The bill aims to allocate $250 million in federal funds to broadband expansion and allow utility cooperatives to use up to 25 percent of their assets as collateral for broadband projects to underserved or unserved areas." :: Messenger-Inquirer

Warren County, PA:  "Use COVID relief to improve broadband" :: Lehigh Valley Live

"Lighting Up the Dark (Fiber) in Jacksonville [FL]" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Sylvester, GA (pop. 6,188) FTTP:  “We already provide [FTTP] to the schools... We’re just going to make it available to homes and commercial businesses” :: WALB

"Moffett: Stimulus Could Help Maintain Broadband Boom" --  "[T]he amount of money available is 'nothing short of breathtaking.'" :: NextTV

FCC seeks comment on Emergency Connectivity Fund for "eligible schools and libraries for the purchase of eligible equipment and advanced telecommunications and information services for use by students, school staff, and library patrons at locations other than a school or library" :: FCC :: Telecompetitor

More on broadband provisions of infrastructure bill -- "So far it isn’t clear exactly how Democrats plan to move their infrastructure bill through Congress. Party leaders have left open the possibility of bypassing the Senate filibuster by passing the infrastructure package through the budget reconciliation process ... but they say they first want to appeal for Republican support." :: Roll Call

"New $20B COVID Broadband Stimulus Targets Affordability, Not Just Availability" :: Telecompetitor

"What the American Rescue Plan Act Means for Libraries" :: American Libraries Magazine

"We Already Knew Broadband Should Be A Public Utility. The Pandemic Made It Obvious." :: Public Knowledge

"State and local officials don't trust ISPs to close digital divide, poll finds" :: StateScoop

Three Baltimore City councilmembers "sent a letter to the FCC asking for more regulation of internet service providers such as Comcast and also an investigation in what’s been called 'digital redlining.'" :: WMAR

"A Running Start on New Broadband Maps" (Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel):: FCC

"Broadband and Water Systems" :: POTs and PANs

"The tribal-led initiative that's building its own internet in indigenous communities" -- profile of Tribal Digital Village :: designboom

"AT&T whines about Calif. net neutrality law as ISPs’ case appears doomed" :: Ars Technica

. . . "AT&T will start counting HBO Max against data limits, blames California net neutrality law" :: CNBC :: Light Reading

. . . "In a win for the open Internet, AT&T stops zero-rating its own video" :: Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

"Back to the Future for Section 230 Reform" :: Brookings


Today, 2 p.m. ET:  K&H Telecom Webinar Series Episode #3: "The FCC in Transition: An Update on Spectrum Polices Upcoming in 2021" :: Keller & Heckman

NYC real estate investor "bets big on CBRS" for in-building services; "There is a whole market that needs coverage that wasn't addressable because the economics just don’t work. CBRS starts to open it up ...It's less expensive than it would be with DAS" :: FierceWireless

"FCC Seeks Comment on Mid-Band Spectrum Auction," set for October 2021 :: FCC

.  . . "FCC tees up 3.45 GHz for mid-band 5G spectrum auction later this year" :: FierceWireless

"FCC Commissioner Carr outlines 5G spectrum priorities" :: FierceWireless

"Nokia to Cut Up to 10,000 Jobs to Offset 5G Investment" :: Wall Street Journal

FCC approves long-form applications for 222 of 255 winning CBRS bidders :: Telecompetitor

NTIA Seeks Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Members :: NTIA


"Locast Deploys in 31st DMA, Portland, Oregon" :: NextTV



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