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Community Broadband Media Roundup - April 25
MediaCom is suing Iowa City to prevent broadband competition by Karl Bode, DSL Reports
Holyoke Innovation District looks to take advantage of valley broadband Internet capacity by Jim Kinney, MassLive
Massachusetts government stymies WiredWest municipal broadband initiative, report says by Samantha Bookman, FierceTelecom
Report: The cooperative is a good model for publicly-owned broadband networks by Joan Engrebretson, TeleCompetitor
The broadband industry is now officially blaming Google (Alphabet) for...everything by Karl Bode, TechDirt
From net neutrality to municipal broadband, to new broadband privacy rules and a quest to open up the cable set top box to competition, we've noted repeatedly that the FCC under Tom Wheeler isn't the same FCC we've learned to grumble about over the years. For a twenty-year stretch, regardless of party control, the agency was utterly, dismally apathetic to the lack of competition in the broadband space. But under Wheeler, the FCC has not only made broadband competition a priority, but has engaged in other bizarre, uncharacteristic behaviors -- like using actual real-world data to influence policy decisions.
Obviously, this doesn't please incumbent telecom operators like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, who grew pretty comfortable with an FCC that asked "how high" when commanded to jump.
House passes bill attempting to gut net neutrality by Karl Bode, DSL Reports
CenturyLink hikes sneaky 'Internet cost recovery' fee by Karl Bode, DSL Reports
Broadband grants come to Tallapoosa County by Cliff Williams, The Outlook
Little-known Internet network plans Western Colorado expansion to link students, nonprofits to supercomputers by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun
Partnerships can close the digital divide by Apoorva Pasricha & Kevin Frazier, GovTech
CPUC moves to help close digital divide for students by Bruce Mirken, Post News Group