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USDA ReConnect Round 4 application window opens Sept. 6, deadline Nov. 2;  $150 million in loans, $300 million in loan/grant combinations, and $700 million in grants available :: USDA :: FierceTelecom

"U.S. lawmakers urge joint use of funds for broadband, EV charge stations" -- "The lawmakers led by Representatives Doris Matsui and Anna Eshoo urged officials to coordinate broadband and EV charging infrastructure efforts to encourage 'co-location' of EV and broadband, especially in underserved areas.  'This approach can address multiple national priorities simultaneously and avoid duplicative efforts,' the lawmakers wrote." :: Reuters

"'Buy America' rules have broadband industry on edge" :: Light Reading

Maine:  "[L]ocal officials and citizen volunteers in five rural Maine towns formed the Southwestern Waldo County Broadband Coalition (SWCBC) in an effort to bring ubiquitous and affordable broadband to its portion of Waldo County"; towns seeks to form Broadband Utility District under Maine law, similar to Vermont's Communication Union District :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

 . . . "Raising questions about efforts to derail municipal broadband projects" in Maine :: Bangor Daily News

Indiana:  "Paris-based infrastructure company Meridiam is working with Bloomington, Columbus and Shelbyville to build fiber broadband infrastructure in each city. The company says the Hoosier Network Fiber Project has received approval from each municipality for construction of a fiber network that third-party internet service providers can tap into." :: Inside Indiana Business

"Worcester County [MD] will work with three internet service providers as it uses grant funds to expand rural broadband." :: Maryland Coast Dispatch

"Kendall County [IL] officials are considering the possibility of creating a new countywide high-speed fiber-based broadband internet network." :: Shaw Local "Senate and House Members Introduce PLAN for Broadband Act," calling for national broadband plan in reaction to recent GAO report; Commr. Carr supports it :: U.S. Senate :: FCC :: Text of bill "An Update on Affordable Connectivity Program Enrollment" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society "How Safe is Your Fiber Network?" :: POTs and PANs "Record labels’ war on ISPs and piracy nets multiple settlements with Charter -- Confidential settlements could lead to more terminations of Internet subscribers." :: Ars Technica NTIA awards $51M in Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants to Tribal entities in Alaska :: NTIA "Comcast and Charter Losing Broadband Customers" :: POTs and PANs "Frontier CEO: Fiber is a Superior Product to Cable and it Shows" :: Telecompetitor "Frontier keeps supply chain constraints at bay, sets another fiber buildout record" :: Light Reading Broadband Communities' 2022 Fiber-to-the-Home Top 100 :: Broadband Communities WIRELESS "Fixed Wireless Failings for Rural Communities" :: Fiber Broadband Association "M&A strikes WISP landscape" :: Light Reading "LinkNYC begins deploying 5G kiosks – but not yet with 5G inside" :: Light Reading VIDEO "Two Dozen Texas Cities Latest To Try And Push A Netflix Tax" :: TechDirt