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Starlink's speed performance erratic of late
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/7/2021   Post a comment
According to a new batch of Ookla Speedtest data, median speeds for the satellite broadband service temporarily dipped then climbed again. Meanwhile, the service's burst speeds appear to be on the rise.
Rogers poised to become Canada's cable/broadband kingpin
Alan Breznick  
3/19/2021   Post a comment
Proposed $20.8 billion deal to buy fellow cableco Shaw Communications would cement Rogers' position as the Comcast of the Great White North, with far more cable and broadband subscribers than any other Canadian provider.
SpaceX, Amazon engage in satellite spat
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/26/2021   Post a comment
Two companies take swipes at each other over Starlink's plan to lower the orbit of thousands of satellites.
US ISPs tacked on 1.1M subs in Q4 2020 – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/25/2021   Post a comment
Broadband subscriber additions for Q4 2020 beat year-ago numbers, but slowed down from a blowout, pandemic-fueled Q3, according to Evercore ISI.
Cable tech chiefs target broadband moves
Alan Breznick  
1/25/2021   Post a comment
CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney and SCTE/ISBE President and CEO Mark Dzuban say the now-merged organizations will spur cable's rollout of 10G, DOCSIS 4.0 and fixed-wireless, as well as efforts to bridge the digital divide.
Viasat seeks review of Starlink
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/7/2021   Post a comment
Viasat urges FCC to take a close look at the potential environmental impact posed by Starlink's plans to deploy thousands of broadband satellites.
RDOF round one: Winners and losers
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/8/2020   Post a comment
Auction results were 'quite bad' for incumbent telcos as Charter and SpaceX cleaned up, analyst says.
Viasat: Lower-latencies nice, but not 'decisive' driver for satellite broadband
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/6/2020   Post a comment
Viasat execs see no surprises in Starlink's small-scale beta test and believe the satellite broadband company is well positioned to compete on speed, capacity and price.
Starlink speeds blow by Hughes and Viasat – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/4/2020   Post a comment
As Starlink inches towards commercial launch, recent speed tests from Ookla show that the emerging satellite broadband service is averaging 79.5 Mbit/s down and 13.8 Mbit/s up.
Azure's cloud rolls into space
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/20/2020   Post a comment
SpaceX's Starlink and SES are two key partners for Azure Space, a new, globally focused, integrated cloud platform that taps into both satellite and ground-based connections.
Broadband competition MIA for millions of US homes – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/13/2020   Post a comment
Almost 50 million people in the US are in areas with only one choice of a true broadband service, the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) finds.
Shaw loses broadband subs due to COVID
Alan Breznick  
7/13/2020   Post a comment
Big Canadian cable and wireless operator reports loss of broadband subscribers in its fiscal third quarter even as it boosts speeds.
Viasat tees up LEO satellite broadband plan to reach rural US
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
It faces an uphill climb, but Viasat is exploring a plan to build 300 low-earth orbit satellites that could deliver low-latency broadband service and qualify for the US Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.
C Spire's rural broadband initiative casts its eyes on the skies
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/14/2020   Post a comment
Telesat has joined C Spire's initiative as it prepares to launch a network of hundreds of low Earth orbit satellites designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency broadband service.
OneWeb turns to Chapter 11, seeks sale
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/30/2020   Post a comment
Satellite broadband startup says talks to fully fund the company through deployment and commercial launch fell through, citing the financial impact caused by the spread of COVID-19.
BBWN Bites: OneWeb adds birds, feels heat
Ray Le Maistre  
3/24/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Streamers ease off; Danes boost broadband availability; Veego teams up with Amdocs; Ukrtelecom takes GPON rural with Iskratel; and more.
US Senate stamps Broadband DATA Act
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Organizations applaud passing of act aimed at fixing outdated broadband maps illustrating who has – and who lacks – access to high-speed Internet service.
BBWN Bites: Cable increases its dominance of US broadband market
Ray Le Maistre  
3/9/2020   Post a comment
Also in this broadband sector news roundup: Italians at loggerheads; CityFibre shifts up a gear; UK's FTTH market linked to more funding; Canada's Xplornet snapped up for $2 billion.
US cable must be wary of emerging broadband threats
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless broadband is 'most important threat' facing cable broadband while new satellite-based options should be met with a cautious eye, analyst says.
Viasat touts ARPU growth over broadband subscriber gains
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/7/2020   Post a comment
Viasat notched record ARPU for its US consumer satellite broadband service in fiscal Q3 as subscribers opted for speedier, more expensive tiers.
USDA invests $146M in rural broadband infrastructure this week alone
Alison Diana  
1/31/2020   1 comment
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Prysmian Group Wins $38M Rural Contract From Mexican Government
Alison Diana  
1/15/2020   Post a comment
Prysmian is working for a government-owned Mexican company to connect remote regions of the country with high-speed broadband.
The State of States' Broadband Mapping
Alison’s Wonderland  
1/7/2020   3 comments
The lack of an accurate broadband map means states and counties including Illinois, Georgia and Roanoke, Va., must tackle this issue themselves before spending their residents' money on deploying infrastructure.
NY's Governor Cuomo Is in a Net Neut State of Mind
Alison Diana  
12/20/2019   Post a comment
Governor Andrew Cuomo details how he wants to bring net neutrality back to the Empire State.
GAO: Rural Broadband's High-Cost Payment Program Saddled With Too Much Fraud-Risk
Alison Diana  
11/26/2019   Post a comment
The federal watchdog agency recommends the FCC consider eliminating the old cost-accounting program since it's more prone to fraud than the alternative reimbursement method among small, rural providers that receive about $2.5 billion annually to deploy broadband.
Climate Change Cries Out for Infrastructure That Withstands the Storm
Fiber Broadband Association  
11/21/2019   Post a comment
The strength of natural disasters like hurricanes is worsening, scientists say, and it's imperative that broadband infrastructures can withstand or be speedily repaired post-catastrophe, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers.
New CEO Will Lead Frontier Communications' Future – Report
Alison Diana  
11/11/2019   Post a comment
After suffering many quarters of financial and broadband subscriber losses, Frontier Communications' bond owners are ready for dramatic change – including a replacement for CEO Dan McCarthy (pictured), Bloomberg reports today, citing several sources.
Calix Q3 Earnings Show Transition Is (Slowly) Underway
Alison Diana  
10/25/2019   Post a comment
Calix must overcome ties to its hardware-based past and return to positive earnings, something CEO Carl Russo predicts will happen soon -- pointing to the vendor's flat Q3 earnings and uptick in Verizon orders as positive financial indicators.
USDA Sows $152M Crop of Rural Broadband Funds
Alison Diana  
10/8/2019   Post a comment
The US Department of Agriculture is investing to provide or improve rural broadband in 14 states, across 20 projects.
Overwhelmed by Growing SVoD Fees & Choice, More Subs Become Pirates
Alison’s Wonderland  
10/2/2019   Post a comment
As more streaming video providers enter the market and consumers find it harder to locate content, they're returning to piracy.
Telemedicine Saves Almost $4K Per Diabetic, CoBank Tells FCC
Alison Diana  
9/19/2019   Post a comment
Broadband-infrastructure financial firm CoBank found rural Type II diabetes patients felt better, had improved relationships with their healthcare providers -- and saved money, when they had high-speed-powered telemedicine.
Operators' Hurricane Dorian Prep (& Luck) Pay Off for Florida
Alison’s Wonderland  
9/6/2019   1 comment
Years of investment in infrastructure and user-friendly tools make the difference in how operators act before and after natural disasters, even though Hurricane Dorian's impact on Florida was far less than originally forecast (thankfully).
Broadband Forum Updates Quality of Experience Delivered Initiative
Alison Diana  
9/4/2019   Post a comment
Industry organization's third-quarter meeting features demonstration of QED implementation and release of Broadband Forum architecture report.
Illinois' $420M Broadband Program Is Part of National Trend
Alison Diana  
8/19/2019   7 comments
Governor JB Pritzker introduced the Broadband Advisory Panel, consisting of 25 private citizens and government professionals, who will work with ISPs to guide Illinois' $420 million investment in broadband infrastructure.
Broadband Forum's Connected-Home Standard Gathers Momentum
Alison Diana  
8/9/2019   11 comments
The industry association's latest iteration of its popular TR-069 standard was specifically developed to help providers remotely manage and control smart-home networks.
Frontier Posts $5.2B Loss That Includes $5.4B Goodwill Write-Down
Alison Diana  
8/7/2019   6 comments
Frontier earned revenue of $2.07 billion, but $5.4 billion goodwill write-down goes toward losses on sale of assets and operations and restructuring expenses, plus potential future costs.
SES Colonizes Space With ONAP
Mitch Wagner  
8/7/2019   2 comments
As the satellite communications company looks to expand its fleet of orbiting birds, it needs the Open Network Automation Platform to provide essential automation.
SpaceX Delays Satellite Launch 'Til Tuesday
Alison Diana  
8/5/2019   3 comments
Also in today's roundup: Corning fiber growth, WOW broadband results and new FTTH deployments from Safaricom.
OneWeb Satellites Takes One More Giant Leap for Broadband
Alison Diana  
7/23/2019   2 comments
Joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus opens facility that can make two satellites per day at one-fiftieth the cost of traditional factories that produce one satellite a year, boasts OneWeb Satellites.
DOCSIS 3.1 Gains New Ground
Alison Diana  
7/17/2019   7 comments
Some operators expand existing D3.1 infrastructure, while others discover fiber-only is too slow and expensive to meet subscribers' needs quickly enough to keep them happy.
Piracy to Swipe $12.5B in Video Revenue by 2024 – Report
Alison Diana  
7/16/2019   30 comments
Piracy and account sharing are taking a sizable bite from operators' content revenue, with incumbents and OTT startups feeling the financial hurt.
FCC Seeks to Streamline Satellite Regs as Bezos & Musk Ready for Space Battle.
Alison Diana  
7/10/2019   4 comments
The FCC drafts changes to accelerate its satellite review process about a week after Amazon's Project Kuiper files an application with the agency in the fast-moving space broadband race.
FCC Explores MDU Broadband Regulation
Alison Diana  
7/10/2019   2 comments
Federal agency suggests that mandating competition and infrastructure sharing will discourage MDU buildouts and perpetuate the digital divide.
NBN Moves Goal Post for Rollout Victory
Alison Diana  
7/3/2019   5 comments
Australian broadband operator met lowered targets for premises passed and activated accounts for its fiscal year and most recent quarter.
Better Broadband Gets Better Scores for USDA Funding
Alison Diana  
6/17/2019   15 comments
The US Department of Agriculture gives high points to those operators providing symmetric, high-speed infrastructure when considering loan and grant applicants.
Rural Is Central to Frontier's $1.35B Broadband Sale
Alison’s Wonderland  
5/29/2019   6 comments
The operator is selling its wireline network across four mainly rural states, areas in which it has invested federal CAF II funds to bridge the digital divide.
Broadband Forum Opens Connected Home to Standards
Alison Diana  
5/21/2019   9 comments
Organization extends popular TR-069 standard for use in smart homes, looking to simplify and standardize market for vendors, operators and end users.
How Amazon & SpaceX Could Reshape Broadband Competition – Report
Alison Diana  
5/15/2019   11 comments
By slashing subscriber pricing by more than $30 billion annually, Low Earth Orbit satellite companies led by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as well as OneWeb have the potential to usher in a whole new era of broadband.
Why 9-1-1 Needs Fiber
Fiber Broadband Association  
4/30/2019   10 comments
Emergency services are too critical to rely on any infrastructure other than fiber, especially in rural areas where mobile and satellite services can cut out, argues Lisa Youngers, Fiber Broadband Association President, in this month's exclusive column.
USDA Opens Up Rural Broadband Funding
Alison Diana  
4/25/2019   15 comments
US Department of Agriculture began accepting online applications from service providers, municipalities and utilities for at least $600M in funding via its new ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program.
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