Trump Administration Releases Rural Broadband Strategy | Nextgov


A report released by the White House, which was compiled by 20 agencies, includes the widely cited statistic that 24 million people can’t get broadband service in the United States, with about 80 percent of those people living in rural areas.

The report acknowledges what has long been a gripe of local leaders from rural areas: the imprecise Federal Communications Commission map of broadband coverage that overestimates its availability in many places.

Source: Trump Administration Releases Rural Broadband Strategy – Nextgov

Capacity Media | RCom gives up and puts future in hands of India’s company court

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Troubled Indian operator Reliance Communications (RCom) has abandoned efforts to resolve its debt and has put its future in the hands of the country’s main company court.

Though RCom is not saying as much in its statement, issued today, the main function of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is as a bankruptcy court.

RCom said it had failed over 45 meetings to get agreement by its 40 lenders on a way to escape from its financial problems.

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Appeals court hears net neutrality arguments | FierceTelecom


Net neutrality is once again under the microscope with a federal appeals court hearing arguments Friday on whether the Trump administration was justified in repealing the Obama-era net neutrality rules back in 2017.

Separate from that court hearing, a U.S. House panel announced on Thursday that it’s holding a hearing on Feb. 7 on the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules, according to Reuters.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed by the Trump administration, spearheaded the effort in December 2017 to repeal the net neutrality rules, which the FCC commissioners approved by a 3-2 vote.

Source: Appeals court hears net neutrality arguments | FierceTelecom

What Public Safety Agencies Can Do While Waiting for Next Generation 911 | Route Fifty


CenturyLink’s widespread outage in late December left some agencies in 10 states without 911 service and spawned investigations in several, as well as by the Federal Communications Commission.

Some agencies directed residents to call a 10-digit emergency number or drive to their local fire station for help.

“911 is a bit of a victim of its own success, in the sense that no one has this sense of urgency to fix the system,” Paul Tatro, president of North American operations at Carbyne, told Route Fifty.

“They assume it’s on the latest infrastructure, and it isn’t.”

The infrastructure 911 agencies typically use was designed in 1985 for landline service, with texting, voice and cellular calls “Band-Aided” on the backend, Tatro said.

Most people think the infrastructure works, and as a result few grants exist for upgrades with phone bill funding typically poached for other purposes, he added.

Source: What Public Safety Agencies Can Do While Waiting for Next Generation 911 – Route Fifty

Huawei: US charges Chinese firm with fraud, stealing trade secrets | Vox


US federal prosecutors went after Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for financial fraud in a sweeping 13-count indictment unsealed Monday, and announced 10 additional charges against Huawei and its US subsidiary for allegedly stealing trade secrets. Both indictments could escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing — right as the two try to sort out their trade war.

The first indictment alleges that Huawei and one of the company’s subsidiaries, Skycom Tech Co. Ltd., engaged in bank fraud and wire fraud and evaded US sanctions against Iran.

Source: Huawei: US charges Chinese firm with fraud, stealing trade secrets – Vox

China’s Worrying Use of Canadians as Diplomatic Chips | Time


China’s apparent use of Canadian detainees as diplomatic bargaining chips is not just a problem for Canada.

It is a challenge to all countries that seek to uphold the rule of law in their domestic and international affairs.

The dispute began in December when Canadian police arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on an extradition request from the United States.

Meng is accused of fraud for allegedly conspiring to mislead several banks between 2009 and 2014.

Source: China’s Worrying Use of Canadians as Diplomatic Chips | Time

5G Networks Under Construction | EE Times


Carriers are racing to turn on their first 5G services, but the underlying upgrade that they are working on will take years, according to a handful of engineering managers helping build the networks.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint, they say, for several reasons. Strategies for deploying services over millimeter-wave bands are still in development, specs and plans for the 5G core have yet to be hammered out, and business models for selling the network services are just starting to be explored.

That said, the work is, in some ways, moving at a faster pace than any other cellular transition.

Source: 5G Networks Under Construction | EE Times

How States Responded to the Loss of 911 and Other Services | Nextgov


CenturyLink’s widespread outage last week not only affected 911 service for customers but caused issues for state governments as well, with agencies in Washington state and Wyoming vowing investigations in addition to one ordered at the federal level.

The Monroe, Louisiana-based telecommunications giant saw voice, internet protocol and transport services affected in primarily Western states beginning shortly after 8 a.m. on Dec. 27.

A faulty network management card in Denver from a third-party equipment vendor caused invalid traffic replication and also limited visibility into CenturyLink’s network management system, limiting its ability to troubleshoot the problem and prolonging the incident until just past 9 p.m. on Dec. 28, according to spokeswoman Linda Johnson.

The CenturyLink spokeswoman said the company is taking steps to prevent another outage, such as establishing a network monitoring plan.

Source: How States Responded to the Loss of 911 and Other Services – Nextgov

SoftBank telco suffers $9 billion slump on debut after record IPO | Reuters


SoftBank Corp (9434.T) shares sank 15 percent on debut, wiping $9 billion off their value, as investors sold off the telecoms operator after its record IPO on worries about a recent service outage and its exposure to Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei.

Source: SoftBank telco suffers $9 billion slump on debut after record IPO | Reuters

Capacity Media | Verizon takes $4.6bn hit on Yahoo and AOL


Verizon Communications has taken a $4.6 billion hit on its digital arm Oath – made from combining the assets of Yahoo and AOL – according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In the filing, which was issued on Tuesday, Verizon said it had previously valued Oath and all of its assets at $4.8 billion, despite spending more than $9 billion to build the company through the acquisitions of AOL in 2015 and Yahoo in 2017.

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