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The movement to deploy high-speed broadband and develop smart city strategies is spreading across the country. As technology progresses, so do the necessities of everyday life, creating a new reality that fiber optic infrastructure is the new utility and something every home must have. Telemedicine, telecommuting, streaming video content, educational research, security surveillance systems, and the overall Internet of Things are all leading us to the ultimate goal of faster connectivity and better communications.

Who needs the FCC? Seattle writes its own broadband privacy rule

The city found its authority in the municipal code governing cable franchises; the rules on the books are mostly about TV service, but setting “privacy standards for subscribers of cable service and other services provided over the cable system” seems well within the mandate.

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The One-Two Knockout Punch for Broadband — Co-ops Partner With Local Government

As the broadband bandwagon gathers speed, some are asking whether it makes sense for co-ops and local government to partner. This one-two broadband deployment delivery has the potential to make a serious dent in the service need to rural areas

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Study on AT&T’s fiber deployment: 1Gbps for the rich, 768kbps for the poor

California households with access to AT&T's fiber service have a median income of $94,208, according to "AT&T's Digital Divide in California," in which the Haas Institute analyzed Federal Communications Commission data from June 2016.  By contrast, the median household income is $53,186 in California neighborhoods where AT&T provides only DSL, with download speeds typically ranging from 768kbps to 6Mbps.  The median income in areas with U-verse VDSL, which ranges from 12Mbps to 75Mbps, is $67,021.

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Could Fiber be the Final Frontier of High-Speed Internet?

The bursts of light that travel through the fiber strands are encoded with the information someone wants to pull up on their device. It could be anything from a Netflix original series to a patient’s medical history to an order for a large pepperoni pizza. 

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Mediacom Lights Up 1-Gig in Georgia

Mediacom Communications said it has launched 1-Gig service across its Georgia network footprint, with the DOCSIS 3.1-based offering now available to about 275,000 homes passed there.

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Comcast Turns Up DOCSIS 3.1 in Utah

Taking aim at Google Fiber and CenturyLink Communications, Comcast said it is launching a 1-Gig (downstream) service in Utah that rides on its DOCSIS 3.1-based HFC network.

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Verizon Fios finally gets gigabit speeds, slashes price in half in these 8 regions

Verizon is bringing near-gigabit speeds to some of its customers, at a standalone price point of $69.99 per month, less than half the price of its previous top-tier service.

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Kandiyohi County, Minn., Aims to Bring High-Speed Internet to 1,600 Rural Homes, Business

Consolidated Telecommunications Co. received a $4.9 million grant to bring broadband to unserved and underserved neighborhoods.

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Fiber Partnership Between Axia and Bloomington, Ind., Dissolves

Bloomington's high-speed broadband future is in the air after the city announced its partnership with Canada-based fiber infrastructure investor Axia has dissolved.

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New Orleans Uses Targeted Approach to Spread Tech Awareness, Improve Digital Equity

Often the people digital equity programs were designed to help assumed the initiatives were for someone else. So officials reached out to underrepresented populations and spread awareness that they, too, deserve a place in tech.

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