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Who should pay for the bridge across the digital divide?
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9/17/2021   Post a comment
Two new studies conclude that the US government's Universal Service Fund (USF) is in need of change. But they differ on whether ISPs or Big Tech should fix the situation.
FCC stamps another 466 winning RDOF bids
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/17/2021   Post a comment
Financial support for winning bids from more than a dozen smaller broadband players will be disbursed in 120 monthly payments, starting at the end of this month.
ISPs suffer losses and make plans in face of climate crisis
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9/16/2021   Post a comment
A worsening climate crisis that has exacted a toll on cables, fiber lines and wireless towers is making clear how vulnerable that critical infrastructure is.
The Divide: How Uprise Fiber seeks to solve what you hate about your ISP
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9/16/2021   Post a comment
This week: Sam Sanders, CEO of Uprise Fiber, on how the company sets itself apart from traditional ISPs and seeks to build digital equity into broadband deployments.
North Africa has world's slowest broadband speed
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9/15/2021   Post a comment
New data from Cable.co.uk shows North Africa has the world's slowest broadband speed. But average Internet speeds also continue to rise globally.
Comcast shares slip on broadband growth warning
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/14/2021   Post a comment
The cable operator is seeing a 'little bit of a slowdown in the net adds in the cable business' in the current quarter, but still expects 2021 growth to beat pre-COVID 2019 levels, CFO Mike Cavanagh told investors.
Amazon to FCC: Make SpaceX follow the rules
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/13/2021   Post a comment
Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite broadband unit, counters that concerns about SpaceX's 'Gen2' plan for Starlink has nothing to do with slowing competition, but is about holding SpaceX to FCC rules.
US drops from top countries for fast broadband in 2021 – Ookla
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9/10/2021   Post a comment
New Ookla speed test data shows the US falling from the top ten countries for fixed-broadband speeds, while Monaco moved from tenth place in 2020 to first in 2021.
The Divide: New map shows 60M Americans lack Internet
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9/9/2021   Post a comment
This week: Eric Frank, CEO of LightBox, discusses the company's new nationwide Internet connectivity map which reveals that nearly one in six Americans is not connected.
AT&T's Katibeh on bridging the digital divide
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9/9/2021   Post a comment
Mo Katibeh speaks to AT&T's efforts to close the digital divide and what's next for the operator's future fiber and 5G network buildouts.
AT&T connects with OneWeb
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/8/2021   Post a comment
Providing OneWeb with a big-name tenant, AT&T plans to tap into OneWeb's developing low-Earth orbit satellite broadband platform to serve businesses in remote parts of the US.
Telefónica reportedly seeking full-fiber funding partners
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9/7/2021   Post a comment
According to El Confidencial, a Spanish news outlet, Telefónica has hired investment banks Barclays and LionTree to find a funding partner (or partners) to back full-fiber rollout by Virgin Media O2.
Amazon, SpaceX wage war over Starlink's 'Gen2' system
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/3/2021   Post a comment
Amazon's Kuiper Systems wants the FCC to dismiss SpaceX's next-gen satellite broadband plans while SpaceX calls the complaint a delay tactic to slow competition and help Kuiper can catch up.
The Divide: MTA's Wanda Tankersley on Alaska's middle-mile problem
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9/2/2021   Post a comment
This week: Wanda Tankersley, COO at MTA, a telecom co-op in Alaska, talks about the state's unique middle-mile challenges, the company's AlCan ONE fiber project, and more.
Mediacom sheds light on new 'Bolt'-branded, CBRS-powered fixed wireless service
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/1/2021   Post a comment
Currently offered in parts of Alabama, Iowa and Florida, Mediacom Bolt features three speed tiers and is underpinned by 4G and 5G RAN products from Ericsson.
Frontier set to weather the supply chain storm – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/31/2021   Post a comment
The markets for material and labor should respond to handle demand, particularly by the time Frontier 'reaches its peak deployment cadence' for FTTP upgrades in the 2023-2025 timeframe, analyst predicts.
How do Americans view broadband? It's complicated
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8/30/2021   Post a comment
A new survey from Allconnect shows that 87% of Americans consider Internet access an 'essential' utility, but only 16% call universal broadband access a top priority.
The Divide – Tackling the global broadband gap with aerial mapping
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8/26/2021   Post a comment
This week: Jennifer Alvarez, co-founder and CEO, Aurora Insight, and David Hartshorn, CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers, on their partnership to address the lack of reliable wireless broadband in underserved parts of the US and abroad.
States set dates for closing their digital divides
Broadband World News  
8/25/2021   Post a comment
While Congress works on getting an infrastructure package with $65B for broadband to Biden's desk, several states are making plans for significant investments with help from existing federal funds.
Cable vet Jay Rolls gets in on the broadband transaction action
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/25/2021   Post a comment
Rolls, a former CTO at Cox and Charter, has joined Broadband Success Partners as senior advisor, where he'll help the firm provide tech-focused due diligence on proposed deals involving network operators.
Starlink terminal shipments pass the 100K mark
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/24/2021   Post a comment
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk notes that Starlink's satellite broadband service reaches parts of 14 countries, with license applications pending 'in many more countries.'
Infrastructure bill presents 'monumental and transformative' phase for DZS, CEO says
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/23/2021   Post a comment
While the minimum speeds supported by the broadband piece of the $1 trillion US infrastructure bill sets the bar too low, it will power a new wave of fiber-based services, Charlie Vogt says.
SpaceX sizes up more powerful 'Gen2' system for Starlink
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/20/2021   Post a comment
Elon Musk's SpaceX says the next-gen system, to be delivered into orbit via the company's Starship rocket, will substantially increase capacity and reach using a constellation of almost 30,000 satellites.
Reach of low-priced broadband plans hits record high in Q2 – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/19/2021   Post a comment
Some 87% of Americans had access to 'affordable' wired broadband in the second quarter of 2021, up from 77% in Q1 2021, according to a fresh report from BroadbandNow.
Podcast: The Divide – Virginia's Dr. Tamarah Holmes on running the country's 'OG' broadband office
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8/19/2021   Post a comment
This week: Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the Office of Broadband, Virginia, on how they've closed 50% of the state's digital divide, and plans to allocate $700 million over three years to finish the job.
SES's new 1-Terabit satellite constellation takes a step toward the launchpad
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/18/2021   Post a comment
SES showed off its new high-capacity, medium-Earth orbit satellite, which will form its 11-satellite O3b mPower constellation. SES plans to hook into Microsoft Azure to establish an aggregated, multi-orbit network.
Connectivity plans expand for 2Africa subsea cable system
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8/17/2021   Post a comment
When it goes live in late 2023, 2Africa will be the largest subsea cable project in the world.
T-Mobile, Pilot Fiber appear to connect on Manhattan fiber broadband project
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/13/2021   Post a comment
T-Mobile is conducting a small fiber-based pilot in NYC that delivers symmetrical speeds of 940 Mbit/s. T-Mobile stresses that its fixed wireless service is still its 'flagship home Internet offering.'
Podcast: The Divide – How Flume is tapping NYC's dark fiber to deliver affordable broadband
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8/12/2021   Post a comment
This week: Prashanth Vijay, CEO of Flume, discusses leveraging dark fiber in partnership with cities, and Flume's commitment to deliver broadband to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings.
CableLabs sets first wave of DOCSIS 4.0 interops
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/12/2021   Post a comment
Taking a step toward full certification and qualification testing, CableLabs has set plans to run DOCSIS 4.0 interoperability tests in October and December of 2021, and ten more in 2022.
Senate blesses $1T infrastructure bill
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/10/2021   Post a comment
Bipartisan bill, which earmarks $65 billion for broadband, now heads to the House.
Cable One: Most Emergency Broadband Benefit participants upgrade to faster speeds
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/10/2021   Post a comment
Just 10% of the customers enrolled in the FCC's EBB program, which offers temporary discounts on household Internet bills during the pandemic, are new to Cable One, says CEO Julie Laulis.
Viasat looks for new global satellite fleet to beef up bandwidth
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/9/2021   Post a comment
Residential fixed satellite broadband subs dipped in Q2 2021 but customers continue to consume capacity as they move to faster tiers.
Frontier unleashes faster fiber buildout plan
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/6/2021   Post a comment
After ending 2021 with 4 million fiber locations passed, a new 'Wave 2' plan will have Frontier deploy FTTP to another 6 million locations by the end of 2025. But the company is not yet fully funded to pull it off.
Podcast: The Divide – Amdocs' Anthony Goonetilleke on the industry's shifting priorities
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8/6/2021   Post a comment
This week: Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of media, network and technology at Amdocs, on the changing conversation around the future of connectivity, and Amdocs' digital divide work with the 5G Innovation Lab.
Adtran wrestles with supply and demand conundrum
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/5/2021   Post a comment
Orders are flowing, but ongoing supply chain constraints are applying pressure on the speed at which product can be shipped. 'It's all about supply. It's not about demand,' says Adtran CEO Tom Stanton.
Congress strives for 'digital equity' in broadband bill
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8/5/2021   Post a comment
Through the inclusion of a 'Digital Equity Act,' as well as an effort to extend, amend and reform the Emergency Broadband Benefit, the $65 billion broadband bill would take important steps toward equitable Internet access in the US.
Starlink's median download speeds start to flirt with fixed-line levels, Ookla finds
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/5/2021   Post a comment
Median download speeds for the satellite broadband service hit 97.2 Mbit/s in the US, up from 65.7 Mbit/s in Q1 2021, according to Ookla's Q2 2021 Speedtest data.
Broadband bill gets closer – here are the takeaways
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8/3/2021   Post a comment
The Senate is now scheduled to debate legislation that would set aside $65 billion for broadband in the US. Here are six takeaways from the newest version of this proposal.
DZS's record Q2 sales tempered by near-term supply chain headwinds
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/3/2021   Post a comment
But supply chain constraints won't impair company's long-term biz model and margin targets as DZS fields an influx of RFPs for fiber, mobile transport and network orchestration products, CEO Charlie Vogt says.
DOCSIS will live on in the UK
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8/2/2021   Post a comment
'We're not decommissioning our cable network,' Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries said of Virgin Media O2's big UK fiber upgrade, likening it to an 'overlay' rather than a 'replacement.'
Podcast: Gary Bolton on training the next wave of fiber techs
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8/2/2021   Post a comment
Gary Bolton, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, discusses the newly launched Optical Telecom Installation Certification (OpTIC) program, a new training and certification curriculum for fiber techs in North America.
Charter's 400K broadband adds in Q2 topple estimates
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7/30/2021   Post a comment
Charter's Q2 2021 broadband adds didn't match the incredible total from the pandemic-fueled period from a year ago, but did exceed the customers raked in during the corresponding pre-pandemic period in 2019.
Comcast sets sail for DOCSIS 4.0
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7/29/2021   Post a comment
Following a Q2 marked by another big broadband subscriber game, Comcast says it has sped up its plans for the 'next phase' of DOCSIS in a way that won't alter its capital expenditures.
Congress may ask for 100Mbit/s download speeds in 'underserved' areas
Broadband World News  
7/29/2021   Post a comment
The draft of the broadband section of the new infrastructure bill seems to show that Congress is gently moving the goalposts on what qualifies as an adequately served broadband community.
The great fiber buildout awaits
Broadband World News  
7/28/2021   Post a comment
Fiber-fed telcos and ISPs anticipate funds for big broadband buildouts, but they'll be challenged by competing technologies, incumbent dominance and an ever-widening digital divide.
New York backs off $15/month broadband
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
A newly reported settlement between the state and telecom trade associations likely puts to rest an effort to require broadband providers in New York to offer a $15 tier of service.
Govt.-backed broadband programs will drive big bucks, but take time, Calix CEO says
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/27/2021   Post a comment
Proposed infrastructure bills along with RDOF are poised to 'uplift our entire model' rather that serve as a simple 'pull forward of boxes,' Carl Russo says.
Did wireless win the battle over broadband symmetry?
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
Some lobbyists have urged policymakers to define broadband as at least 100 Mbit/s upstream and downstream. But there are indications those requirements might be loosened – paving the way for wireless.
The Broadband 50 to Watch
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
Here's the Informa Tech Broadband 50 to Watch, a list of leaders, innovators and executives we think are worth watching as the industry hustles to keep up with global broadband demand.
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Financial support for winning bids from more than a dozen smaller broadband players will be disbursed in 120 monthly payments, starting at the end of this month.
The cable operator is seeing a 'little bit of a slowdown in the net adds in the cable business' in the current quarter, but still expects 2021 growth to beat pre-COVID 2019 levels, CFO Mike Cavanagh told investors.
Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite broadband unit, counters that concerns about SpaceX's 'Gen2' plan for Starlink has nothing to do with slowing competition, but is about holding SpaceX to FCC rules.
Providing OneWeb with a big-name tenant, AT&T plans to tap into OneWeb's developing low-Earth orbit satellite broadband platform to serve businesses in remote parts of the US.
Amazon's Kuiper Systems wants the FCC to dismiss SpaceX's next-gen satellite broadband plans while SpaceX calls the complaint a delay tactic to slow competition and help Kuiper can catch up.
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