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Industry News – 1-12-18

The war of words surrounding the FirstNet project continued this week as authority board members responded to characterizations from Verizon about the former’s capabilities. An article in TRDaily highlights a teleconference held by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council during which FirstNet board members Kevin McGinnis and Tom Sorley responded to VZ claims that it […]

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Industry News-1-5-18

Mushrooms, milkshakes, baked potatoes and….broadband? The PTA will be represented on a panel addressing rural broadband availability at next week’s Pennsylvania Farm Show in an event organized by the PA State Grange. Scheduled for next Tuesday, January 11th from 9:30-11:30, the panel discussion will focus on the necessary steps crucial for bridging the “digital divide” […]

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Industry News

As expected, the FCC yesterday voted along party lines to vacate the Obama-era rules on net neutrality (See related story in Quotable section). All five Commissioners read lengthy statements on the order, with the dissenters Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel respectively saying that the order abandons the Commission’s pledge to provide adequate and reasonable service to […]

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Industry News

It won’t be a clean sweep for FirstNet as New Hampshire became the first state to opt-out of the nationwide public safety network to be provided for by AT&T. NH went with Rivada Networks for the service; citing the level of state control over the network that it couldn’t achieve with FirstNet. Thirty-three states have […]

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Industry News

We’re on the cusp of 5G residential service (See related story in Daily Number section), and Verizon announced where its rollout will begin. Sacramento, CA is the launch pad and VZ says it will light up the service in the second half of 2018 as part of start-ups in 3 to 5 U.S. markets. The […]

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1,000,000,000

It’s an odd circumstance when a $1 billion deficit doesn’t seem so bad. The state’s Independent Fiscal Office released a study that estimates that state lawmakers will need to come up with a billion dollars to balance next year’s budget (compared to the $2.2 billion shortfall they needed to generate to balance the current budget). […]

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Legislative News

The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee has announced its intention to meet next Tuesday, November 14th to consider the nomination of Norm Kennard as a PUC Commissioner.

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“There are about 6,000 reported hits on underground facilities across Pennsylvania every year, which means that a pipeline or other vital utility system is struck once every 20 minutes during the average workday. Our goal from Day One is to cut the number of those incidents by eliminating exemptions and strengthening enforcement, as part of a focused program to reduce risks to our contractors, utility workers and residents.”

PUC Commissioner John Coleman on the passage of One Call legislation (SB 242), which, among other things, moves enforcement of the program from the PA Department of Labor and Industry to the PUC. The bill was sent to the Governor for his signature on Tuesday.  

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Legislative News

Another week, and more interesting budget news as the legislature attempts to craft a revenue plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year. On Tuesday evening, the House passed (102-88) a plan featuring a $1.5 billion proposal to borrow against the multistate tobacco settlement. With regard to actual tax revenues, the bill extends the state sales tax […]

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