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April 6, 2021


WHITE HOUSE BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

"Biden Broadband Plan Will be Hated by big ISPs, Welcomed by Internet Users":
"Municipally owned networks, nonprofits, and cooperatives would play a major role in the [broadband infrastructure] expansion pitched by Biden.... Biden's plan 'prioritizes support for broadband networks owned, operated by, or affiliated with local governments, non-profits, and co-operatives—providers with less pressure to turn profits and with a commitment to serving entire communities,' the White House fact sheet said." :: Ars Technica :: Wired

"Municipal Broadband War Reignited in Biden’s Infrastructure Push" :: Bloomberg Law

"What Biden’s infrastructure plan means for Washington state’s public broadband crusade" :: GeekWire

"Biden’s Plan to Fix America’s Internet" - "The White House proposal is essentially a statement that what we’re doing now is not working." :: New York Times

AEI on Biden broadband infrastructure plans: "It leans heavily into the 1936 Rural Electrification Act (REA), which brought electricity to homes and farmhouses across America, as its statutory progenitor. But few remember that the REA provided loans, not grants." :: American Enterprise Institute 

"I hope Congress thinks about the White House plan that would put the power back into the hands of local governments and cooperatives to solve the broadband gaps. This plan is what the public needs because it creates broadband networks and ISPs that will still be serving the public well a century from now." :: POTs and PANs

"Cable lobby says it hates Biden plan to expand broadband and lower prices" :: Ars Technica :: Axios

"Biden's $100B broadband plan raises four big questions" :: Light Reading

"White House Huddles with Small Broadband Players" -- "The guest list: America's Communications Association, the Competitive Carriers Association, NTCA, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Rural Wireless Association and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association." :: Politico

BROADBAND

"Public/Private Broadband Partnerships: Trust is Critical" (coverage of KH webinar on public/private broadband partnerships) :: Telecompetitor

Profile of Wyandotte, MI municipal FTTH network :: Broadband Communities Magazine

New Haven, CT restarts municipal fiber initiative :: New Haven Independent

"Erie County [Buffalo, NY area] municipal broadband proposal is back" :: Buffalo Business First

"Rural Communities Launch Publicly Owned Fiber Networks" :: Broadband Communities

"Maryland is putting $300M in COVID-19 relief funds toward broadband and digital inclusion," including $45M for municipal broadband grants :: Technical.ly

Vermont:  "A bill dedicating $150 million of anticipated federal funding to create a new state broadband office to coordinate and accelerate the expansion of high-speed Internet access throughout Vermont passed the State House of Representatives last week with overwhelming bipartisan support." :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"States Push for Broadband as American Jobs Plan Gains Steam" (re: KY, VT, IN, MT) :: Government Technology

USDA opens application window for distance learning and telemedicine grants, applications due June 4 :: USDA

Inaccurate federal broadband maps pose a challenge for broadband funding :: Bloomberg

The Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion :: National Urban League

"Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said ISPs pushed for reclassification of internet access as a Title I service so that authority over their service could get put in the FTC and 'lost' among all that agency's other responsibilities, which is what he said the Trump Administration ended up doing." :: NextTV

"Starlink's threat to wired broadband 'minimal'" :: Light Reading

"OpenVault reported that upstream usage grew 63% – from 19 GB to 31 GB — between December 2019 and December 2020. The upstream increase was only 18% during each of the previous two years." :: Telecompetitor

"Five broadband associations have asked the FCC to release a list of census block groups that provisionally won funding through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund program but on which the winning bidder has defaulted." :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"Verizon ... could be selling of the remainder of its LMDS millimeter wave licenses to fixed wireless service provider Etheric Networks." :: FierceWireless

"What’s next after mmWave networks?" :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

"MobiTV Says It May Shutter on May 2" :: NextTV

OTHER NEWS

"Ireland unveils plan to shift remote workers from cities to new rural hubs" :: National Post

FCC's tentative agenda for April 22 Open Meeting :: FCC

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