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Media & Comm, editor's picks of 2017: 5G's future; Apple's environmental record


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Media & Comm, editor's picks of 2017: 5G's future; Apple's environmental record

Here are the editor's top picks for the year.

The Communicator: Hard data on municipal broadband networks

There is a dearth of good data around municipal broadband networks, and the data that is available raises some tough questions. A new study from University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Christopher Yoo and co-author Timothy Pfenninger, a law student, identified 88 municipal fiber projects across the country, 20 of which report the financial results of their broadband operations separately from the results of their electric power operations.

5G Future: Amid 4G price wars, US wireless forges ahead on 5G

5G Series: The next generation of wireless technology aims to transform the telecommunications industry. But delivering on that promise will not come cheaply or easily. Major wireless carriers in the U.S. are already touting the myriad benefits of 5G, even as standards for the technology are still being set.

What broadband-first strategies could mean for cable franchise agreements

As the cable industry continues to evolve to emphasize broadband over video, one town's experience is raising questions as to whether the trend means a move away from franchise agreements. Pay TV overbuilder RCN Corp., which already serves Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, recently expanded into Upper Milford Township in Lehigh County. But according to Township Manager Daniel Delong, RCN declined to get a cable franchise agreement with the community, arguing it did not need one because it would only be offering broadband and phone services in the area, not pay TV.

Data Dispatch: Apple, a leader in emissions efforts, shadowed by device cycle concerns

Data from Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, shows Apple Inc. is leading the industry in emissions, but environmental groups have recently targeted the company's reuse and repair practices. An analysis of data provided by Trucost shows Apple has steadily reduced emissions since 2007 and runs at lower carbon emissions than its peers.

Q&A: Estonia's prime minister: Digital defiance in an age of escalating cyberthreats

S&P Global Market Intelligence spoke to Estonia's Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to discuss the country's status as a digital pioneer, the risk of hacking and the importance of broadband speeds.