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March 8, 2021


Bipartisan group of senators (including Sen. Manchin) ask FCC to reevaluate "broadband" standard: “Our goal for new deployment should be symmetrical speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps), allowing for limited variation when dictated by geography, topography, or unreasonable cost.”  :: U.S. Senate :: Telecompetitor :: Ars Technica

"Charter Spectrum is doubling the download speeds of its lowest-tier internet service from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps for customers in 17 markets" :: Telecompetitor

"Fiber Investment Forecast: More than $60B in Next Five Years for FTTH" according to RVA; "The figure is about twice the size of any previous five-year FTTH forecast from the firm" :: Telecompetitor

"Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: From Here to Launch in 60 Days" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

. . . FCC WCB releases initial milestone dates for EBB :: FCC

$1.9T COVID relief bill passed by Senate includes $7.17B for Emergency Connectivity Fund (negotiated down from $7.6B) :: VOX

. . . "Cable broadband operators [NCTA] want the FCC to confine its emergency E-rate Universal Service Fund broadband subsidies, where possible, to existing providers rather than spending on new infrastructure deployments" :: NCTA

"Overbuilding and the Value of Real Competition" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) just unveiled legislation to tap up to $65 billion in revenue from the FCC’s recent auction of 5G-friendly C-band airwaves (which topped $80 billion) for a Treasury fund, which Congress would then be able to direct for broadband spending at either the FCC or Commerce Department." :: Politico :: Link to legislation

"Democratic legislation that would allow local governments in Montana to own or operate broadband systems died in a final House vote March 2 after a dramatic change of fate that saw dozens of Republicans who had previously supported the proposal vote against it." :: AgWeek

"NYC commits $157 million for broadband expansion and issues RFP" :: CitiesToday :: Link to RFP

"Broadband, Local Economies and the Age of COVID" (Craig Settles) :: Link to report

"Quantifying the Benefits of Fiber" :: POTs and PANs

"What Policymakers Can Learn From the ‘Minnesota Model’ of Broadband Expansion" :: Pew

"Public grants to build rural broadband networks may not be sufficient to close the digital divide, new Cornell University research finds.  High operations and maintenance costs and low population density in some rural areas result in prohibitively high service fees—even for a subscriber-owned cooperative structured to prioritize member needs over profits, the analysis found." :: TechXplore

"Parks Associates indicates that over 12 million US consumers have cancelled their home broadband service, with high cost cited as the most common reason." :: RapidTVNews

. . . "With 15M U.S. Mobile-Only Broadband Homes, Cord Cutting is Not Just for Video" :: Telecompetitor

"To close digital equity gaps, US should endow a private Digital Futures Foundation - Auctions of government-owned airwaves produce a lot of revenue. A chunk of it should go toward closing digital equity gaps." (op-ed from Michael Calabrese and Lester Salamon) :: Boston Globe

"Comcast hides upload speeds deep inside its infuriating ordering system" :: Ars Technica

Sen. Markey to reintroduce net neutrality legislation :: NextGov


"Inside the complicated business of disguising 5G equipment" :: CNN

"Verizon to Introduce Frontline First Responder Network" :: Telecompetitor


"AT&T promised a TV revolution — instead, we got a giant mess" :: The Verge


"The New York City Internet of Things Strategy" :: NYC Mayor's Office of the CTO

Virginia enacts data privacy legislation; Amazon supportive :: Washington Post

"Nearly One-Third Of Parents May Stick With Remote Learning" :: NPR

"COVID19 has opened our eyes to a new possibility.  Give people a choice of where to live – one that does not depend on where they make their living – and they vote with their feet for lower density, more green space and, most of all, for affordable costs. It has become clear that the celebrated “magnet cities” are threatened by their own success." (Intelligent Community Forum) :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society



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