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January 12, 2021


"With providers slow to bring in high-speed internet, Lyme [VT] residents footed the bill themselves" -- "LymeFiber is built and operated by ValleyNet, the nonprofit that runs ECFiber, the publicly financed consortium that provides high-speed internet and phone service to 22 towns in east-central Vermont." :: Valley News

"Latest Telco Electric Broadband Partnership—Comporium and York Electric Cooperative" (South Carolina) :: Telecompetitor

More on Alexandria, VA:  "City Restarts Search for Expanded Broadband Opportunities" :: ALXNow

Philadelphia extends RFP seeking providers to quantify the city's digital divide; proposals due Jan. 29 :: Smart Cities Dive :: Link to RFP

"How Should the Biden-Harris Administration Close the Digital Divide?  Express your views by taking our survey on Local Priorities for a National Broadband Stimulus" :: HR&A Advisors

"Pandemic exacerbates Internet gaps in Boulder County" :: Daily Camera

"Iowa lawmakers to push solutions to bridge ‘digital divide’ amplified by pandemic" :: The Neighbor

"Closing the Digital Divide Will Take More than Satellites" :: Government Technology

"To Close the Digital Divide, Governments Need Future Proof Broadband Definitions" :: LinkedIn

"Usage-based broadband tariffs: Closing digital divides with pricing competition" :: AEI

"$100 Broadband" -- "Advocates for digital inclusion have shown that the primary reason that many homes don’t buy broadband is price – homes can’t afford the broadband from the big cable companies. The title of this blog is ‘$100 Broadband’ because we’re on a trajectory for that to become the normal price of broadband in just a few years...Monopolies are going to keep raising rates until a regulator steps in and tells them to knock off the nonsense."" :: POTs and PANs

"Connectivity in the Time of COVID -- The Most Important Digital Divide Stories in 2020" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"The weighted average advertised broadband speed among 10 of the largest U.S. providers was 146.1 Mbps as of September-October 2019, according to a new FCC report. ... Most providers were delivering the speeds advertised or close to it, the FCC data showed." :: Telecompetitor

"The Cost of Using Poles" :: POTs and PANs

"[I]it's worth remembering that the debate about net neutrality is really about competition, policing monopolization, and having regulators and antitrust enforcers that aren't feckless cowards in dutiful sway to powerful natural monopolies. And either you care about these very real problems, or you don't." :: TechDirt

Profile of SiFi Networks :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Form 477 data submissions -- required of all facilities-based providers of broadband connections to end users, etc. -- due March 1, 2021 :: FCC 


"FCC [OTARD] Antenna Rule Change Should Benefit Fixed Wireless" :: Telecompetitor

"Southern Company [utility] Asks FCC to Study 6 GHz Interference, Potentially Jeopardizing Gigabit Wi-Fi Plans" :: Telecompetitor

"[O]ne big, driving factor behind some new private wireless deployments are fears about a catastrophic 'Black Sky' event that would wipe out all communications networks." :: Light Reading

"The CBRS Alliance is changing its name to the OnGo Alliance because it wants to broaden its scope to include spectrum sharing on a much wider scale than just the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in the United States." :: FierceWireless

"Drones use private LTE to monitor power lines" :: FierceWireless


"New NBCU Carriage Deal with Charter Includes ‘Free Extended Trial’ of Peacock Premium" :: NextTV

Roku: "We are Not Like a Cable Company" :: NextTV


"How Biden Can Use Federal Power to Liberate Localities" :: Washington Monthly

"As Climate Change Drives Migration To N.H., Towns Face Tension And Opportunity" :: NHPR


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