Daily Digest 9/11/2019 (Remember)

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FCC Releases Form 477 Data on Fixed Broadband Deployment as of June 30, 2018  |  Federal Communications Commission
New Study Finds All-Fiber Deployments to 90% of Households Achievable in Next Decade  |  Read below  |  Press Release  |  Fiber Broadband Association
Verizon Targets New York State’s Rural Communities with FTTH  |  Read below  |  Sean Buckley  |  Broadband Communities Magazine


51 major CEOs ask Congress for federal privacy law blocking state rules  |  Hill, The
Do Our Faces Deserve the Same Protection as Our Phones?  |  Wired


Analysis: How Apple could get drawn into Washington's antitrust firestorm  |  Washington Post
Facebook says its FTC fine and impending regulation are actually good things  |  Vox
A $5 billion fine won’t fix Facebook. Targeting corporate leaders could work better.  |  Vox
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton op-ed: Alternatives to Google? Your Search Returned No Results  |  Wall Street Journal
Editorial -- In their antitrust probe, enforcers will have to do more than show us Google is powerful  |  Washington Post
Podcast -- Tech platforms and Section 230: Is it time to change how we regulate the internet?  |  American Enterprise Institute


Patt Morrison: How will Russian manipulation affect the 2020 election? We still have no idea  |  Los Angeles Times
Snapchat readies 2020 news push  |  Axios

Communications & Democracy

Rep Doug Collins (R-GA) Calls For Investigation of CNN Over Spy Report, Questions Network’s Loyalty to America  |  Hill, The


Cord Cutting Remains Decidedly US Phenomenon  |  Multichannel News
Comcast, TV networks sue Maine to stop law requiring à la carte channels  |  Ars Technica
CenturyLink Acquires Video Delivery Innovator Streamroot  |  telecompetitor

Emergency Communications

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Letter to Gov Bullock (D-MT) Re: 9-1-1 Fee Diversion  |  Federal Communications Commission


Google, Amazon and Microsoft in Battle to Store Health Data in the Cloud  |  Wall Street Journal


Op-Ed: There’s a gender crisis in media, and its threatening our democracy  |  Fast Company


Much Of The Assault On 'Big Tech' Is Being Driven By 'Big Telecom'  |  TechDirt
Newspapers turn to lobbying against Facebook and Google  |  Axios
National Association of Broadcasters Buys New Building to Be Closer to Capitol Hill  |  Broadcasting&Cable
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Joins AEI as Distinguished Visiting Fellow  |  American Enterprise Institute

Company News

Activist to AT&T: What’s the Plan With WarnerMedia?  |  Wall Street Journal
Holman Jenkins: Should AT&T Be Broken Up?  |  Wall Street Journal


Spotlight on Commerce: David Ziaya, Chief Administrative Officer U.S. Census Bureau  |  Department of Commerce

Stories From Abroad

The new battle in Hong Kong isn’t on the streets: it’s in the apps  |  Technology Review
Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner Who Targeted Tech Giants, Gets Second Term  |  Wall Street Journal
E.U.’s New Digital Czar: ‘Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet’  |  New York Times
Host Violent Content? In Australia, You Could Go to Jail  |  New York Times
Today's Top Stories

Sample Category

New Study Finds All-Fiber Deployments to 90% of Households Achievable in Next Decade

Press Release  |  Fiber Broadband Association

The Fiber Broadband Association and strategy consulting firm Cartesian released a study that explores the costs associated with deploying all-fiber networks to all households across the entire US. More than 19 million Americans lack access to broadband — and the vast majority live in rural communities. In fact, 24% of rural Americans lack access to 25 Mbps service, but less than 2% of urban Americans lack this same broadband access. Deploying fiber in rural communities will be a key step to solving the digital divide in the United States.The study finds that:

  • Today, we are on a pace to deploy all-fiber networks to about 50% of US households by 2025. 
  • These accelerated all-fiber builds are driven by increasing consumer demand for higher performance broadband, provider willingness to focus on long-term returns, and government efforts to lower barriers to deployment costs and provide targeted subsidies. 
  • By 2029, we can pass 90% of US households by increasing current spending on all-fiber networks by approximately an additional $70 billion. (Passing 80% of US households with fiber will require spending approximately an additional $50 billion.)
  •  We can achieve this objective and ensure virtually everyone has access to future-proof networks through innovative deployment models, government efforts to lower access to essential infrastructure, and efficiently provided government support.

Verizon Targets New York State’s Rural Communities with FTTH

Sean Buckley  |  Broadband Communities Magazine

Verizon is breathing new life into its rural New York state markets, launching plans to make Fios fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service available in parts of Coogan, Schenectady and Washington (NY) counties. Upon completion of the network in the next two years, Verizon will offer fiber-to-the-home services to about 15,000 rural NY premises. This deployment of FTTH broadband service was made possible through the company's partnership with NY state and the Federal Communications Commission through the New NY Broadband Program. The program is a public-private partnership designed to provide incentives to service providers to deploy last-mile broadband connectivity in underserved and unserved areas. What’s striking about its work with the FCC is that Verizon had been a lone holdout, turning down $144 million in CAF-I and CAF-II program funding to expand broadband in the rural areas it serves. Last Feb, however, the service provider announced that it would invest $106.6 million leveraging state and federal funds to bring broadband to unserved parts of rural NY. 


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