NTIA BROADBAND FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

NTIA releases NOFOs and application guidance: Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program

(State Letters of Intent due July 18; Initial Planning Funds Application due Aug. 15) Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Pr

ogram (Application window opens June 21, closes Sept. 30) State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program

(State planning application or LOI due July 12)

BROADBAND

"42 million Americans don't have high-speed internet. Local providers may be the key" :: NPR

"New Video Diaries Highlight Chattanooga’s Long-Term Solution to the Broadband Affordability Gap" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Bedford County, VA awards $19M broadband contract to Bedford-based ZiTel :: WSET

State of Wyoming allocates $25 million for broadband matching funds :: County 10

Mesa County, CO launches middle mile project "because private Internet providers won't do it themselves" :: Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

"Summit County [OH] Defends Community Broadband from State Opposition and Forges Ahead with Plans to Bolster Economic Development" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Butler County, OH set to issue $10M RFP for countywide broadband services :: Journal-News

AT&T pursuing local "public-private partnerships" supported with ARPA funds -- "Although some public-private broadband partnerships call for the community to recover its investment through part ownership of the network or through a revenue sharing agreement ... AT&T doesn’t like to offer those options." :: Telecompetitor

More on new American Association for Public Broadband :: POTs and PANs

"After seven years of fits and starts, Google Fiber has ramped up efforts" in Nashville; 'Banned from telephone poles, Google has moved to Plan B: microtrenching." :: Nashville Scene

Chicago launches Digital Equity Council :: Government Technology

Commr. Rosenworcel proposes allowing E-Rate funds to support Wi-Fi on school buses :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society :: Telecompetitor

NCTC announces launch of Connectivity Exchange, "a new program that allows its member operators to compete for and win bids to provide broadband network services to national brands or large-scale RFPs through a members-only, industry-first, fully automated platform from quote to order with unified billing and support." :: NCTC

NTIA releases data from 2021 NTIA Internet Use Survey :: NTIA

New York State legislation would grant broadband providers the same pole attachment rates and rights as CLECs and cable companies :: SB 9081

Kagan: "Cable companies, which still carry most of the residential broadband market, will likely account for 61.9% of occupied households by 2026. ... Kagan predicts in 2026 telecom companies will make up 24.5% of the market, fixed wireless shares to jump from 8% to 12.6% and residential satellite broadband to maintain a 1% hold." :: FierceTelecom

"A Disturbing View of Future Cable Broadband" -- cable consultant says "there will be neighborhoods upgraded to fiber, neighborhoods migrated to the next-generation DOCSIS 4.0, and neighborhoods that will see no upgrades at all." :: POTs and PANs

"What is DOCSIS 4.0?" :: FierceTelecom

"Where does cable go from here?" :: Light Reading

"Starry posts customer growth, but waffles on some 2022 targets" :: Light Reading

WIRELESS

"Dish eyes future profits from private wireless" :: FierceWireless

"Consumers still seeking a reason to buy 5G" :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"[C]ord cutting increased by 31% in the first three months of 2022 vs. the comparable time frame of 2021." :: NextTV