BROADBAND

"New York State Embraces Community Broadband" :: TechDirt

City of El Paso allocates $10M in ARPA funds to expand city backbone for last-mile broadband :: El Paso Times

Newark, N.J.: broadband access a top priority for re-elected Mayor Ras Baraka: "[W]e just have to raise the capital and make that happen." :: TapIntoNewark"

Can Open Access Solve California's Rural Broadband Dilemma?' (more on UTOPIA partnership) :: Government Technology

Nebraska: "Local Areas Band Together for Rural Broadband" -- "Nebraska law forbids public power districts from selling Internet to users; however, they could permit telecommunications businesses to lease the use of fiber-optic infrastructure owned by such power districts." :: Columbus Telegram

"Maine communities lacking broadband look for boost amid record funding" :: WGME

Maine Editorial: "The federal government should not stop with this [ACP] subsidy program when it addresses the affordability component of the digital divide.... [I]t would be a shame if the businesses were allowed to use their near-monopolies to drive up prices for everyone else. ... Competition between ISPs would be one way to control costs, but it is not always possible to create competitive markets in remote areas. Public and municipal systems will be needed to keep the commercial providers honest." :: Portland Press Herald

"Deep disparities in internet access found across Chicago in new analysis" :: Chicago Sun-Times

Missouri passes budget including $372M for broadband, mostly using ARPA funds :: F'ulton Sun

"Pressure mounts for NTIA to waive IIJA 'Buy American' rule for ISPs" :: FierceTelecom

"Biden praises ISPs for price cuts even as they 'sabotage' his FCC nominee" :: Ars Technica

"Gigi Sohn 'rural' opposition may be an excuse to thwart Title II": "A new push fronted by a rural political action committee to defeat President Biden's pick for FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn, may be coming from lobbyists for ISPs. One Country Project, led by former Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, appears to have ties to national ISPs and trade groups represented by Forbes Tate Partners, a lobbying firm that represents the tech and telecommunications industries" :: Broadband World News

"Is Your Broadband Getting Cheaper?" -- "What underlies this claim is that the cost per megabit of speed has been falling as ISPs increase speeds.... While [ISPs] have been unilaterally increasing speeds, consumers have not seen the check they write each month drop. ... Just the opposite is true for most ISPs." :: POTs and PANs

Searchable database of 2022 state broadband legislation :: National Conference of State Legislatures

NTIA releases Tribal Broadband Planning Toolkit :: NTIA

Minnesota telecom groups petition PUC to block LTD Broadband from using $311M in RDOF funds to deploy in state :: MinnPost

Georgia enacts law establishing municipal ROW permit fee for new entrant telephone companies: annual payment of $0.05 per linear foot "considered due compensation" for telcos that provide broadband, $0.19 for those that do not :: HB 328

"KentuckyWired leaders say ‘mid-fall’ is target to complete state fiber broadband network" :: WKMS

"Lessons on Retail and Wholesale Broadband Models from Europe, Asia, and the U.S." (podcast with Benoit Felton) :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"Thoughts on the evolving battle among US fiber, cable and 5G providers" :: Light Reading

"Explosive Fiber Broadband Expansion Drives Need for Fiber Technician Training Programs" :: Telecompetitor "WOW! Doubles Greenfield Fiber Expansion Plans" :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"The future of 5G: What’s left to do, and what lies ahead in 6G?" :: RCRWireless

VIDEO

Legislation would extend CALM Act (limiting the loudness of TV commercials) to streaming services :: NextTV