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78,000,000 – Daily Number 3/8/19

News on funding for state-level broadband projects continues to surface across the country and this week’s offering comes from Wisconsin. The state is appropriating $78 million for deployment of a statewide network with speeds of 25Mbps by 2025, and the Governor’s administration is criss-crossing the state soliciting input for best ways to spend the money.

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Industry News

In the wake of a federal judge ruling which concluded that it broke its agreement with bondholders, Windstream filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday.  Company president and CEO Tony Thomas issued a press release expressing Windstream’s strong disagreement with the ruling, and offering that the bankruptcy filing was a decisive act to secure the […]

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Legislative – 2-22-19

A busy day on the hill Tuesday for the five Commissioners of the PUC who appeared before the House Consumer Affairs Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss the agency’s operations and discuss its $75.53 million state budget request for the upcoming fiscal year. On the issue of telecommunications generally and broadband specifically, discussion […]

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Legislature – 2-15-19

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Democratic Senator Larry Farnese distributed a co-sponsorship memo seeking support for legislation which would classify Internet Service Providers as public utilities, regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The missive cites the educational and economic inequality cause by the end of net neutrality regulation at the federal level as necessitating the regulatory […]

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Industry News – 2-8-19

Governor Wolf took his Restore Pennsylvania message on the road this week in a visit to Dover Area High School in York County where he offered that “For Pennsylvania to succeed we must close the digital divide to ensure every citizen has the access it needs to connect to the ever-expanding digital world in which […]

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Industry News – 2-1-19

Governor Tom Wolf didn’t wait for next week’s annual budget address to get the discussion started on some big numbers, $4.5 billion to be precise. The Wolf initiative, named Restore Pennsylvania, seeks to monetize proceeds from a gas severance tax to fund a variety of infrastructure projects, including high speed Internet access. Co-sponsorship memos have […]

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Congress – from 1/25/19 Friday Report

The FCC’s Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment Order was at the heart of correspondence shipped to the Commission by Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle yesterday. New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone was a co-signer of the letter which asked Chairman Ajit Pai to investigate whether any Commission personnel had urged any party […]

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10,000 – Daily Number (1/18/19)

To the applause of many consumer and industry groups, U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD), and Ed Markey (D-MA) reintroduced their Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which imposes penalties up to $10,000 per call for intentionally violating telemarketing restrictions.

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Quotable – 1-11-19

“The ability to communicate quickly and effectively is important especially for our first responders and law enforcement and I look forward to using this opportunity to assist in their efforts. In recent years, Pennsylvania has become a technological leader, I am eager to continue the cultivation of this sector so we can provide new economic […]

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