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Category Archives: In the News

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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Industry News – 9-14-18

So, the waste fraud and abuse associated with the federal Lifeline program (especially as it applies to wireless resellers) is not really a thing after all. So says telecom industry consultant Susan Gately after reviewing the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report from last year on the matter. In comments to PRNewswire, Gately called the claims […]

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Daily Number – 25

Only 25 days until the North East Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) event at the Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Please come out and support your associations and the vendors.  Plenty of educational opportunities.  This is a jointly held technical showcase sponsored by the Pennsylvania Telephone Association and the New York State Telecommunications Association.  With over 50 […]

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Industry News – 8-10-18

Congratulations to York Republican Representative Kristin Phillips-Hill who was recently named to the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. The group is designed to provide the Commission advice on telecommunications issues and, as a Co-Chairwoman (With Representative Pam Snyder), of the PA House Broadband Caucus, is uniquely qualified to do just that.  

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Industry News – 8-2-18

Number 2….for now. Market research firm IDC announced this week that Huawei has leapt over Apple to become the world’s second largest smartphone provider (behind Samsung) even though the company is not a player in the U.S. IDC analyst Ryan Reith said that the lofty position may not hold for the Chinese company since Apple […]

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Industry News – 7/27/18

The FCC recently announced that it is releasing an additional $36 million annually for 175 small rural carriers throughout the country, partially compensating for the initial program shortfall which was estimated at $110 million annually. The additional funding was calculated on supporting all locations with costs above $52.50, up to a per-location cap of $146.10. […]

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Industry News – 7/20/18

Google announced this week that it is constructing an undersea cable network between the U.S. and France which should be operational by 2020. The company entered the undersea market on its own with its Los Angeles to Chile cable which is set to be up and running next year. (See other Google news in the […]

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