Oxnard sees high-speed Internet expansion as an economic development tool by Wendy Leung, VC Star
Aurora to ask voters about municipal broadband by Kara Mason, Colorado Politics
Group to propose solution to rural broadband challenge by Tessa Green, Albany Herald
Seniors targeted for low-cost Internet by Julia Arenstam, Daily Comet
Bangor looking to become next city to add fiber as 'essential infrastructure' by Jackie Mundry, News Center Maine
Four-town broadband in the works by Diane Broncaccio, Greenfield Recorder
Charter CEO threatens lawsuit over New York’s attempt to kick Spectrum out of the state by Chris Welch, The Verge
State gives Charter marching orders by Pete Demola, The Sun
What happens to Spectrum cable customers if Charter gets kicked out of New York? by Christopher Zara, Fast Company
In an unusual move, the state’s Public Service Commission voted to revoke approval for Charter’s merger with New York-based Time Warner Cable, meaning Charter is effectively banned from doing business in New York, where it operates under the Spectrum brand. As justification for its decision, the commission said Charter has failed to meet its commitments under the merger, notably its promise to provide better service to underserved areas.
“Charter’s repeated failures to serve New Yorkers and honor its commitments are well documented and are only getting worse,” John B. Rhodes, chair of the commission, said in a statement.
Why Spectrum asked a man to pay $133,000 to install broadband Internet in NYC by Karl Bode, Motherboard
Broadband grants may spark better access, but hurdles remain by Kirk Ross, Carolina Public Press
Comcast installed Wi-Fi gear without approval—and this city is not happy by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
Google Fiber expands Internet service into more of San Antonio by Sanford Nowlin, San Antonio Current
Comcast or Charter is the only 25Mbps choice for 68 million Americans by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
Study: throwing taxpayer money at giant ISPs hasn't fixed America’s broadband problem by Karl Bode, Motherboard
The battle between Americans eager for better broadband and monopolies like Comcast focused on defending the broken status quo has raged for decades. And as Ajit Pai and his assault on consumer protections makes clear, the pendulum has swung pretty sharply in Comcast’s favor during the Trump era.
The solution, according to ILSR founder Christopher Mitchell, is to stop whining on Reddit, get out of your chair, and begin taking action where giants like Comcast are weakest: locally.
“It sucks to tell someone in this situation that they have to become an organizer, hound their elected officials, or scout for good local companies to potentially partner with in expanding access,” Mitchell tells Motherboard. “But that is what happens in a working democracy.”
ILSR offers harsh Connect America Fund critique, says large carriers not investing in rural broadband by Joan Engebretson, Telecompetitor
Broadband expansion gains momentum across U.S. by Christine Book, Smart & Resilient Cities
FCC offers small ISPs a boost, but a bigger setback looms by Klint Finley, Wired
How the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee could shape cities’ digital future by Angelina Panettieri, National League of Cities
Big telecom says anti-competitive internet fast lanes will be wonderful by Karl Bode, Motherboard
Fiber in apartment buildings by Doug Dawson, POTs and PANs
Lobbyists and location stymie rural America's quest for broadband by Daniel Strauss, Washington Examiner
When entrenched providers in rural locations fend off new rivals, they don't need to upgrade old infrastructure that can be slower and less reliable, said Debra Socia, the executive director of Next Century Cities, a group that works with local governments to improve and expand Web access.
“State legislators are writing rules that make it nearly impossible for local communities to build their own broadband,” she added. “That’s a model for ensuring extended profit off of an investment.”
For robust broadband in the 5G era, more local control may be required by Heather Heimbach, Broadband Breakfast
Tier flattening: AT&T and Verizon Home customers pay a high price for slow Internet by Bill Callahan and Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Now that Telcos have "Abandoned Rural America," the only broadband comes from cable monopolies by Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one by Kieren McCarthy, The Register
Are AT&T and Verizon fleecing rural America? by Marguerite Reardon, CNET
The pole attachment controversy shadows the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee by Heather Heimbach, Broadband Breakfast