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Daily Number – 4,950,000

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced a record settlement with Verizon subsidiary Oath (formerly AOL), this week under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The $4.95 million penalty is the largest ever under COPPA, and was levied for conducting auctions for ad space on hundreds of sites which the company knew were directed […]

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Industry News – 11/30/18

Recognizing the expense associated with rural broadband deployment, the Centre County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to request proposals from potential providers to access three county-owned 911 towers to help serve certain areas.  

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Daily Number – 68

The PUC’s One Call Damage Prevention Committee held its inaugural meeting recently, and filed disciplinary actions against 68 facility owners, excavators, and project owners. The committee plans to hold monthly meetings to review alleged violations of the One Call Law and they will be livestreamed on the Commission’s website.  

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Daily Number – 91,000,000

The USDA this week announced that it will be distributing $91 million to twelve states (Pennsylvania is not one of them), to fund rural broadband projects designed to help 27,000 businesses and residences. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue offered that there is more revenue on its way in 2019 as part of a $600 million broadband […]

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Industry News – 10/26/18

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission unanimously adopted an Order rejecting the PTA’s Petition to Rescind the Commission’s Secretarial Letter in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) investigation. The result of the Commission’s action is that its stay of the larger TCJA investigation will remain in effect and the Office of Administrative Law Judge’s […]

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Industry News – 10/19/18

If you thought the acrimonious battle between the government and AT&T with regard to the company’s acquisition of Time Warner was over, think again. While not commanding the limelight it did this past summer when a federal judge gave the merger the green light, an upcoming appeal by the U.S. Department of Justice will be […]

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Legislature – 10-12-18

Small Cell/5G legislation in the form of HB 2564 remains in the House Consumer Affairs Committee as the legislative session comes to a close, but that hasn’t prevented critics from teeing-up the issue and, in some cases, taking official action. That was the case in the City of Lancaster on Tuesday, when the city council […]

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Industry News – 10/5/18

Erie, PA made news this week when it announced that it is developing a plan to cover the city with a Wi-Fi internet network. The city is partnering with the National League of Cities and the philanthropic organization Schmidt Futures according to an article which appeared in the Erie Times.  

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Legislative – 9-28-18

Representatives Pam Snyder and Kristin Phillips-Hill convened the first meeting of the House Broadband Caucus on Tuesday and accepted testimony and comments from the PA PUC (see related story in Quotable Section), the Governor’s Office of Broadband Initiatives, and the Department of Community and Economic Development.  

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