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March 23, 2021

BROADBAND

K&H Telecom Webinar Series, Episode #4:  "Public-Private Broadband Partnerships" -- Thursday April 1, 2 p.m. ET :: Keller & Heckman

'To Bridge the Digital Divide, Cities Tap Their Own Infrastructure" :: Bloomberg

West Virginia:  "After years of trying to get an internet service provider to invest in the city, South Charleston [W.Va]  is investing in itself by installing a fiber optic network to improve internet speed and reliability." :: WSAZ

"[T]he City of Salinas [CA] has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified companies to operate, provision, maintain and/or provide services on the Salinas Municipal Broadband Network (Salinas Network)." :: City of Salinas

"Community Broadband Legislation Roundup – March 19, 2021" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Federal money flows into Denver suburbs and now they have to figure out how to spend it -- Broadband and budget fill-ins among likely uses" :: Denver Post

"How tribes in Northern California are working to close the digital divide" :: Deseret News

Franklin County [ME] Broadband Initiative towns consider broadband strategies -- "Matrix Engineering is willing to connect all six [towns], investing $7 million, if the six collectively shoulder $3 million in pole attachment fees." :: Sun Journal

"Large investment to bring broadband to Islesboro [Maine] pays off" -- "The effort has made the island a case study in how a large investment and a private-public partnership can improve the quality of life for residents." :: Sun Journal

"All Systems Go for Texas Broadband Expansion Bill" :: Courthouse News Service

"The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All (AAIA) Act ... would make $80 billion available for gigabit broadband in areas where such service is not available today. The act also includes an additional $14 billion for broadband affordability and adoption." (interview with Gary Bolton, Fiber Broadband Association) :: Telecompetitor

. . . More commentary on AAIA, focusing on reverse auction :: POTs and PANs

"OpenVault reported that at the end of the fourth quarter that 8.5% of all homes in the country were subscribed to a gigabit product, triple the 2.8% of homes that were buying gigabit speeds at the end of 2019" :: POTs and PANs

"North Carolina Unveils Template for Digital Inclusion Plans" :: Government Technology

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott names city's first Broadband Digital Equity Director (Jason Hardebeck) :: Baltimore Business Journal :: Technical.ly

"Can Starlink solve Virginia’s broadband challenges?' - "It's better than nothing" :: Roanoke Times

"What Virginia's gubernatorial candidates will do about broadband" :: Roanoke Times

AT&T overcharged E-Rate schools, says former lawyer :: Washington Post

WIRELESS

"As if We Needed It, a Major Review Just Confirmed 5G to Be Completely Safe" :: Science Alert

"Fixed Wireless Provider Nextlink Responds to RDOF Critics, States Its Case for $429 Million Buildout" :: Telecompetitor

"America’s drowsy telecom giants face a 5G wake-up call" :: The Economist

"Some analysts sour on AT&T's 5G prospects" :: Light Reading

"C-band focus turns to densification" :: FierceWireless

. . . "Verizon will not be building new cell sites but will be upgrading existing cell sites in the first 46 partial economic areas (PEAs) where its newly acquired C-band spectrum will be available. Those 46 PEAs include the main urban areas in the U.S." :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"The Pay TV Model Is Declining. The N.F.L. Is Still Banking on It." :: New York Times

OTHER NEWS

"Governor Cuomo Announces $72 Million Settlement with Broadband and Cable TV Provider Altice Over Failure to Adequately Prepare and Respond to Tropical Storm Isaias" :: Office of NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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