KH Broadband Digest: February 21, 2022

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BROADBAND

“Success stories to Counter the Tide of Big Telecom Propaganda” :: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Maine: Governor promises universal broadband in two years; “The [Maine Connectivity Authority] is already working on plans to expand the service to meet the 2024 target. [MCA President Andrew] Butcher said working with local communities and groups to develop the right plans is a critical part of the process and the agency is starting to do that, even as it works to hire staff and open offices. NewsCenter Maine

. . . “ConnectMaine, Maine Connectivity Authority & Department of Transportation Collaborating — Interagency Collaboration to Leverage Last-Mile, Mid-Mile, and Anchor Equipment Upgrades” :: Maine Connectivity Authority

Pennsylvania: “Governor Tom Wolf has announced the creation of an 11-person group called the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority that will manage at least $100 million in federal funding to coordinate the rollout of high-speed internet across the state. .” :: Technique.ly

Oklahoma lawmakers in talks to create national broadband office :: The Oklahoman

Alabama House passes bill to amend constitution to allow cities and counties to provide grants to private businesses; will be on the ballot in November :: Government Technology “Arizona To Expand Broadband Connectivity Along Interstate 40 West” :: Governor’s Office

“Vendor associations urge NTIA to play strong role in BEAD, despite state powers” :: Telecompetitor

NTIA Chief Alan Davidson ‘Softens Stance on ‘Buy America’ Rules’ :: Politico

“The Explosive Growth of Global Broadband Usage” :: POT and PAN

“The FCC has assumed that rural towns served by cable companies have good broadband. But my work in rural counties often shows a different story. I’ve worked in counties over the past two years where 30% at 50% of residents told us in a survey that broadband in cities is not good enough to support school and work from home” :: POTs and PANs

USDA Extends ReConnect Funding Application Deadline to March 9 :: USDA

“Local Government ARPA Investment Tracker” published by NLC, NaCO, Brookings :: Brookings

“Philly’s five-year broadband internet plan hopes to bridge city’s ‘digital divide'” :: Philly Voice

“Cox plans multi-billion dollar symmetric multi-gigabit upgrade” :: Telecompetitor

“. . . Cox’s Multi-Billion Fiber Plan Raises Questions About Future of DOCSIS” :: FierceTelecom

“TDS broadband expansion aims to triple fiber slots by 2026″ :: Telecompetitor

WIRELESS

“Inside the DIY broadband revolution with NYC Mesh” :: Digital Trends

“Fixed Wireless Service Quality Lags Wired Broadband, Evercore Says” :: FierceWireless

VIDEO

“44% of cable subscribers would cancel if they could stream live sports and events” :: NextTV

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