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Monday, August 14...

FCC Extends Comment Deadline for "Restoring Internet Freedom" Proposal
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended the reply comments deadline for its "Restoring Internet Freedom" proposal until August 30, 2017. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking includes a number of tenets aimed at ending "utility-style regulation of broadband Internet access service." Among these elements are reversing the FCC's prior legislation regarding the Open Internet; resetting the classification of broadband Internet access service to a "private mobile service"; and eliminating the Internet conduct standard. This extension follows a recent motion filed by Public Knowledge, Access Now, the ACLU, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Consumers Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy, National Consumer Law Center, the World Wide Web Foundation, and the Writers Guide of America West. The groups noted that an extension was "necessary" to give interested persons a "minimum of adequate time to work through the initial comment record and prepare thorough and well-informed replies." The original deadline was set for August 16th.

Juniper Research: 5G to Reach 1.4B by 2025
Juniper Research released its new 5G Market Strategies: Consumer & Enterprise Opportunities & Forecasts 2017-2025 report, which projects that 5G connections will reach 1.4 billion by 2025. This development - which Juniper noted could come about "as wireless technology becomes [a] fibre competitor" - would represent 232% average annual growth. Among the other key facts identified are that the top three countries for 5G connections - representing 55% worldwide by 2025 - will be China, the US, and Japan; the US will account for 30% of 5G IoT (Internet of Things) connections; and that the global market will experience "disappointing" commercial IoT revenues due to "low data requirements and nominal duty-cycles."

Sprint to Roll Out "1Million Project" on August 15th
Sprint and The Sprint Foundation announced that it will roll out its "1Million Project" for providing free devices and wireless service to low-income US high school students on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. This program - which comes at a cost of $2.16 billion and will run for the next five years - will initially target 180,000 children at 1,300 high schools across 32 states. Participating students will receive a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device; access to 3GB of data per month for up to four years while enrolled at a participating school; and unlimited throttled 2G speeds should they exceed their cap. Sprint first piloted the program with 3,750 high school students in 10 markets from January to June of this year. It also collaborated with nonprofits such as EveryoneOn and My Brother's Keeper Alliance to identify the initially targeted cities and school districts, as well as to develop academic enrichment and measurement components. Despite the cost incurred, Sprint also noted that most devices were donated to the Sprint Foundation. Donations are still being accepted. Interested schools and districts can apply for the 2018-2019 school year by visiting the 1Million Project Web site. A full list of the participating schools and districts to date is available via the Sprint Web site.

... Brady Hicks, Faulkner Information Services

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