BROADBAND

"The Era of the Broadband Public-Private Partnership" (CTC Technology & Energy) :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott outlines plans for $35M in ARPA funding to address digital divide -- "Today’s announcement coincides with a commitment by the Mayor to close the digital divide, once and for all, by 2030. The City’s approach will focus on eliminating the root cause of broadband inequality by building open-access fiber infrastructure all across the city." :: Fox45News :: Technical.ly :: WBAL

Virginia: "Collaboration Across the Commonwealth Advances State Broadband Goals" -- "[A] diverse array of regional partnerships have formed between Virginia’s local governments, electric and telephone cooperatives, and private ISPs as broadband expansion efforts continue to advance in 2022." :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Nebraska: "[T]he Platte County Board of Supervisors and the Loup [Power District] Board of Directors both voted in favor of signing an MOU that commits them to investigating a public/private partnership to bring higher quality rural broadband to the area." -- "Nebraska law prohibits public power districts from selling internet to end users, but they could -- theoretically -- allow telecommunications companies to lease use of fiber-optic infrastructure owned by the power districts." :: Columbus Telegram

"Alaska could receive more than $1 billion from the recently passed federal infrastructure package for high-speed broadband networks" :: Alaska Public Media

"Louisiana to Focus on Broadband, Roads With Federal Money" :: The Advocate

"Charter to FCC: Pole-Attachment Issues Threaten Universal Service -- Said unreasonable terms are holding up rural buildouts" :: NextTV

. . . "In the NCTA pole attachment filing on which Charter wants the FCC to act, the association asked the commission for a declaratory ruling stating that entities attaching to a pole should be presumed to be responsible only for the un-depreciated cost of the old pole." :: Telecompetitor

"Which States Have Dedicated Broadband Offices, Task Forces, Agencies, or Funds? - A review of state strategies for improving access" :: Pew Charitable Trusts

"Biden's Broadband Push Is Good, But Crappy Maps And Lobbying Can Still Screw Things Up" :: TechDirt

"[J]ust about everyone in the industry knows this [25/3Mbps 'broadband'] benchmark is absurd." :: Telecompetitor

"254 Organizations Call For USF Contributions Reform" -- "This proposal is based on USF expert Carol Mattey’s recent “USForward” report, which finds that including BIAS revenues would shrink the USF fee from nearly 30 percent to less than four percent for the foreseeable future." :: SHLB

"Are we seeing a once in a generation shift in our approach to Universal Service? ... What [the COVID/infrastructure appropriations] appear to have presaged, however, was a shift from the FCC defining universal service programs to Congress appropriating funding and directing the future of universal service, all the while shifting the primary administrator of the funding." :: Kelly Drye

More on the Affordable Connectivity Program :: POTs and PANs

"Telecom nominees spell out priorities on broadband, spectrum" :: Politico

"An Evolving Level of Service: How Lifeline and the New Affordable Connectivity Program Can Deliver the Broadband Low-Income Households Need" :: Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

"Despite some supply chain issues earlier this year, AT&T leadership believes the momentum surrounding the company’s fiber build is stronger than ever and that 2022 will be a pivotal year for the company’s wireline business." :: FierceTelecom

"Telcos to nearly double fiber footprint by 2027" :: Light Reading

"Atlantic Broadband said it will invest $82 million to expand its fiber services to nearly 70,000 additional homes and businesses in New Hampshire and West Virginia." :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

"5G fixed wireless: How far can it go?" :: Light Reading

"5G’s untapped climate action potential" (Ericsson) :: Light Reading

VIDEO

"Pay TV Households To Dwindle to 73 Million by 2024" :: NextTV