j2 Briefing: FCC news, Microsoft whitespace, polls

The j2 Podcast for August 29, 2019

Microsoft is pushing it’s Whitespace product as a solution to the Digital divide. This has been branded “Airband”
https://www.multichannel.com/news/microsoft-brands-rural-divide-national-crisis

The FCC
The commission unanimously voted to distribute more than $20 billion of Universal Service Fund subsidies over the next decade as part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. It also adopted a long-awaited proposal to get more detailed information from broadband providers about where they offer service in order to improve the agency’s coverage maps.  <let’s hope this revamps the form 477 reportin>

iOt is showing it’s age
Amazon is killing off the gimicky Dash buttons.
https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/01/amazon-dash-buttons/

Verizon turns up 5G

In the ever-changing 5g race Verizon turns up 5G in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington DC

New poll says the Internet is more important than Air conditioning while on vacation
https://www.swnsdigital.com/2019/08/majority-of-americans-would-rather-give-up-air-conditioning-than-have-no-internet-on-vacation/

Mobile Users double since 2013
The percentage of respondents who said their primary online access devices is mobile has effectively doubled since 2013, and many of those are using mobile as a substitute, rather than a complement, to wired broadband service.
https://www.multichannel.com/news/pew-mobile-broadband-users-double-since-2013

 

J2 briefing: Zayo acquisition, more wifi6, NTIA changes

Hello, welcome to Monday May 13th 2019, my name is Justin and this is the ISP news you need to know.

Zayo to be Acquired
https://investors.zayo.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release-details/2019/Zayo-Announces-Definitive-Agreement-to-be-Acquired-by-Digital-Colony-and-EQT/default.aspx
Zayo to be acquired by Digital Colony Partners and EQT Infrastructure fund for $14.3 Billion in cash.  This continues the trend of telecom companies being bought by equity funds.  This is what it appears at least.

Cnet article on WIFI6
https://www.cnet.com/news/wi-fi-6-and-what-it-means-for-you/#ftag=CAD590a51e
A few weeks I did an article on WIFI6.  CNET has a broader overview for those of you looking to learn more.

5G & Spectrum news
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/05/10/at-competitors-tech-industry/
At&T continues their wannabe 5G rollout.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/09/ntia_boss_quits/
Two key positions are now vacant at the NTIA. Could this delay CBRS even more?

Indiana ISP meeting is this Thursday May 16th in Indianapolis
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-indiana-isp-meeting-tickets-60311319781