April 23, 2021
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Wireless providers have expressed concern about the emphasis on fiber to expand broadband access in the White House's infrastructure plan, while groups such as NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association were more enthusiastic, and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo clarified that the administration is open to a variety of technology. Christina Mason of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association praised a GOP alternative, saying that the organization will "work with all stakeholders to ensure it fosters broadband deployment and adoption for all."
Full Story: Politico (4/21),  Next TV/Multichannel News (4/22) 
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The Latest from Washington
The FBI took Microsoft Exchange web shells off a number of servers without giving their owners advance notification, after a cyberattack that apparently originated in China left the servers vulnerable. A district court gave permission to the agency, which says that victims might not have been able to remove the shells themselves and that warning owners could also have alerted the hackers, but some people expressed worries about the legal precedent the action sets.
Full Story: CPO Magazine (Singapore) (4/21) 
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House panel prioritizes rural broadband
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House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott, D-Ga., said on April 20 that the panel is pushing to extend broadband service to all Americans before 2021 ends, with a focus on rural areas. Obstacles include the cost of last-mile deployment as well as the need for accurate mapping, permitting, reliable supply chains and land access.
Full Story: Bloomberg Government (free content) (4/22) 
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Business, Strategies and Access
Verizon Business' Massimo Peselli says that the carrier plans to expand fixed wireless networks, using C-band frequencies, as it develops network-as-a-service offerings. He describes three layers in Verizon's NaaS concept: application management, technology and connectivity, which includes fixed wireless.
Full Story: FierceWireless (4/22) 
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Maryland has formed an Office of Statewide Broadband that will coordinate the development of affordable high-speed internet. The office, which has established 2026 as its target year to have provided broadband access for all residents, plans to distribute $300 million in federal funding.
Full Story: The Associated Press (4/22) 
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Luxul has brought out the first of three managed L2/L3 gigabit switches for large residential and commercial networks. SW-510-48P-F is out now, with two releases to follow in May and June.
Full Story: AV Technology (4/22) 
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Trends & Research
Telehealth viable for geriatric assessments
Geriatric patients with cancer were able to complete a self-administered geriatric assessment via EHR, telehealth prior to a visit or with assistance in person, researchers reported at the Oncology Nursing Society Congress. The nurse-led, EHR-based approach boosted communication and engagement among patients with family members and caregivers, and facilitated care team collaboration, researchers said.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (4/22) 
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Bloomberg Intelligence predicts that cybersecurity spending will surpass $200 billion each year before 2024, compared with $132 billion last year. Cloud-based solutions are accelerating the growth, says Mandeep Singh, a senior industry analyst for BI.
Full Story: Information Age (4/22) 
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