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Senators Ask Trump to Include Broadband Money in Infrastructure Plan

The Trump administration is finalizing its long-awaited infrastructure plan; he may preview it in his January 30 State of the Union address but details would come later, according to sources familiar with the proposal, Reuters reported.

A group of U.S. Senators are urging the President to include funding for broadband deployment in the package. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and John Boozman (R-AR) spelled out the importance of high-speed internet access for rural areas in a letter to the White House this week.

“The administration’s infrastructure proposal should include stand-alone funding that is dedicated to advancing broadband deployment in addition to provisions that reduce regulatory barriers,” say the senators in the letter.

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Third Tower’s a Charm?

The Planning Board in Cape Elizabeth, ME is analyzing the city’s co-location requirements before determining whether they will review an application for a third telecommunications tower on a property on Strout Road. Board members want to ensure that the third tower is truly necessary, given the town’s co-location ordinance, which allows the town to limit the total number of towers by denying applications if existing towers could meet the town’s coverage needs.

According to The Forecaster, the property already contains one, 180-foot tower owned by Strout Trusts and Power Specialists and one tower owned by Crown Castle, slated to be removed in 2019.

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First C-V2X Systems with Direct Vehicle-to-Vehicle Apps Due in 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s proposed mandate to implement DSRC V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) is not only moribund but has an uncertain future under the Trump administration, according to Strategy Analytics.  Meanwhile a cellular technology based alternative (C-V2X) has recently been developed, with its advocates claiming it offers the high performance necessary to support V2X safety-critical applications.

The Strategy Analytics report, “Mandate Delays will Favor C-V2X in ‘Protocol War’ Battle with DSRC for V2X Implementations,”, analyzes the latest developments and possible V2X market demand outcomes.  Click here for the report. 

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Carr FCC Re-nomination Squeaks By Senate Commerce Committee

In a contentious meeting on Thursday, January 18, members of the Senate Commerce Committee voted on seven administration nominees for various posts, including Brendan Carr’s re-nomination to the FCC. Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD), clearly irritated, said before the votes there were “delay tactics” going on in the Senate. “It is my hope that this will be the final time this committee has to act on these nominees.”

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Towers and Interest Rates

By Nick Del Deo, Tower Market Analyst,  MoffettNathanson

“We thought it would be prudent to briefly revisit a topic that is (once again) at the forefront of tower investors’ minds: the risk of rising inflation and interest rates.  These worries had cropped up in the wake of the 2016 election, but had subsided over the course of 2017 when those outcomes did not play out.  The 10 Year has recently moved through 2.5% and tower stocks have been reacting more closely to its changes, however, so we’ve been receiving a numbers of questions on this front.

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