BROADBAND

Breakdown of California's new Broadband Infrastructure program:  "How California’s Broadband Infrastructure Law Promotes Local Choice" :: EFF

"Delaware to Use $110M in ARPA Funds to Connect Residents" :: Government Technology

"San Marcos, Texas Votes to Look for Partnerships and Alternatives to Building Municipal Network" :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Town of Bristol, NH launches broadband service :: AP

Yellow Springs, OH moves forward with ordinance to establish public utility for municipal broadband :: YSNews

"How Do We Pay For Universal Service?" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society :: Light Reading . . . 

"[T]he current USF mechanism is unsustainable and will fail to meet the needs of its target consumer base within the next five years. ... Based on our review of two alternative funding options -- assessing a fee on digital advertising platforms or wireline [ISPs] -- we conclude that assessing a service fee on digital advertising constitutes the best policy option according to our economic criteria." (Hal Singer, Ted Tatos) :: Econ One

"How Slow Will the Broadband Slowdown Be? -- Analysts chime in with their takes on post-COVID-19 growth" :: NextTV

"How California Is Advancing Digital Equity":  Interview with Sunne Wright McPeak, President of California Emerging Technologies Fund ::  Pew Charitable Trusts

Baltimore and Next Century Cities discuss Emergency Broadband Benefit issues, etc with FCC :: Next Century Cities

"Verizon Launches Another Digital Inclusion Program" :: Telecompetitor

"Ohio Launches 5G and Broadband Workforce Development Program" :: Government Technology

"Will Hyper-inflation Kill Broadband Projects?" :: POTs and PANs

"Biden Administration Seeks to Expand Telehealth in Rural America" :: New York Times

"Data Again Shows That U.S. Broadband Is Painfully Mediocre" :: TechDirt

"SpaceX’s Starlink will come out of beta next month" :: Ars Technica

"Pennsylvania-based operator Blue Ridge Communications unveiled a plan to rebuild its entire 8,000-mile hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network with fiber to the home (FTTH)" :: FierceTelecom

FCC approves 13 winning RDOF bidders, totaling 466 winning bids :: FCC

WIRELESS

Alphabet's Project Taara:  "Lasers beam high-speed internet between cities through open air" -- "Over 20 days, the link delivered almost 700 TB of data at speeds of up to 20 Gbps, with 99.9 percent availability." :: New Atlas :: Google :: Ars Technica

FCC releases list of qualified bidders for 3.45 GHz auction :: FCC

VIDEO

"Locast’s free TV service ordered to shut down permanently after copyright loss" :: Ars Technica :: Light Reading