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FCC authorizes batch of RDOF funding amid action to 'clean up' program
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
FCC sends letters to almost 200 winning phase I auction winners that offers a chance to pull funding requests from areas that are already served by broadband or viewed as possibly wasteful.
Cities increasingly view broadband as 'critical infrastructure'
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7/23/2021   Post a comment
A survey of local and regional government executives and managers found 80% listed broadband as 'critical infrastructure.'
Comcast redeploys ROADM analyzers to check health of expanding fiber access network
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7/23/2021   Post a comment
Venk Mutalik, a Comcast engineer, spearheaded 'XMF,' a new monitoring platform that greatly accelerates the operator's ability to keep tabs on its fiber access network and pinpoint fiber cuts.
Rogers gears up for multi-Gig service
Alan Breznick  
7/22/2021   Post a comment
Big Toronto-based cable, wireless and media company has started offering 1.5-Gig service as it deploys GPON-based fiber in 'strategic areas' and preps for DOCSIS 4.0 over its legacy HFC network.
Podcast: The Divide – Hughes' Paul Gaske on upping speeds with a 'massive new satellite'
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7/22/2021   Post a comment
This week: Paul Gaske, EVP and GM of North America at Hughes, on how the company is meeting demand for faster broadband with a new $600 million satellite, why he disagrees that fiber is "future proofed" and more.
CommScope builds out Low Latency DOCSIS platform
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7/22/2021   Post a comment
'From a technology point of view, it's baked,' CommScope exec Kevin Wirick says of new multi-faceted platform that brings low-latency capabilities to DOCSIS 3.1 networks and CPE.
New California law reserves $3.25B for a state-run, open access network
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7/21/2021   Post a comment
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $6 billion broadband bill that prioritizes funding for municipal and local solutions, rather than national ISPs.
Groups lobby for last-minute input on broadband bill
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7/20/2021   Post a comment
Fiber and fixed-wireless orgs seek to have their say over speed mandates in bipartisan broadband bill.
How riots have disrupted connectivity across South Africa
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7/16/2021   Post a comment
At least 113 mobile towers were destroyed in the unrest, prompting ICASA to call it a 'direct attack on the constitutional right of individuals and communities to access news and information.'
Podcast: The Divide – How Kajeet keeps kids and communities connected
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7/15/2021   Post a comment
This week: Dominic Marcellino, director of strategy and business development at Kajeet, on the company's new connectivity pilot program in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the ins and outs of providing wireless services to students and communities.
Adtran confirms Combo PON progress
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7/14/2021   Post a comment
Broadband access vendor says more than 100 service providers globally have now adopted its Combo PON technology for fiber networks since the product's June 2020 launch.
GAO says FCC's speed standard likely too slow for small businesses
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7/13/2021   Post a comment
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the latest to tell the FCC to revisit its outdated broadband speed standard.
Chipmakers want cable ops to put more skin in the game for DOCSIS 4.0
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7/9/2021   Post a comment
Broadcom is trying to sign stringent joint development agreements with top cable ops along with high-volume commitment. MaxLinear says it's taking a less controversial path focused on 'collaboration.'
OneWeb completes 'Five to 50' mission
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7/8/2021   Post a comment
Also in this satellite roundup: Hughes joins Emergency Broadband Benefit program; Eutelsat partners on vaccines; India makes it easier for telcos to use satellite capacity.
Details on bipartisan broadband bill to be finalized this week
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7/7/2021   Post a comment
A bipartisan group of US Senators is expected to finalize broadband provisions for the infrastructure package by the end of this week.
Facebook, Liquid team on fiber project in Democratic Republic of Congo
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7/7/2021   Post a comment
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Facebook are partnering on a long-haul and metro fiber network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
FCC: 3M+ emergency broadband sign ups prove need for long-term benefit
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7/6/2021   Post a comment
Over 3.3 million homes have now enrolled in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, according to the latest data released by the federal agency.
Mississippi only state in US with no broadband office, agency or fund
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7/1/2021   Post a comment
A new tool from Pew Charitable Trusts shows over half of all states have established dedicated broadband funds.
Podcast: The Divide – CORI's Matt Dunne on closing the rural opportunity gap
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7/1/2021   Post a comment
This week, Matt Dunne, executive director of the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), joins the podcast to discuss how the nonprofit action tank is helping communities expand broadband services and close the rural opportunity gap.
The yin and yang of DAA
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6/29/2021   Post a comment
Employing a distributed access architecture for HFC networks presents cable ops with a mιlange of challenges and benefits, network operators and vendors say.
Survey examines three 'fundamental connectivity divides'
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6/28/2021   Post a comment
Recent Amdocs survey shows 62% of Americans experienced connectivity issues this year, and 48% struggled to afford Internet service.
Broadband Bites: State officials say 25/3 broadband definition must die
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6/25/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Virginia counties and co-ops team on rural fiber; Broadband Equity Partnership launches affordable housing broadband initiative; Nigeria's broadband penetration up 91.7%.
Cable's speedier upstream will need to tune out the network noise
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6/24/2021   Post a comment
The use of more efficient OFDMA upstream channels on DOCSIS 3.1 networks will require cable operators to maintain a clean plant and tamp down the noise mitigation, especially in lower frequencies.
Podcast: The Divide – UTOPIA Fiber's Roger Timmerman on serving Utah with open access muni broadband
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6/24/2021   Post a comment
This week: Roger Timmerman, CEO of UTOPIA Fiber, on running an open access, municipal fiber network in Utah, why the model works and what other communities should know as they embark on building broadband.
Safaricom launches M-Pesa 'super app'
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6/23/2021   Post a comment
One notable feature of the new M-Pesa super app is 'offline mode,' which allows customers to complete transactions without data bundles.
Lawmakers ramp up attacks on muni broadband
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6/22/2021   Post a comment
But public network proponents and broadband advocates warn that such criticism is unfounded and monopoly-driven.
MTN commits $1.5B to Nigerian broadband
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6/22/2021   Post a comment
MTN has pledged to invest $1.5 billion over the next three years to expand broadband access in Nigeria.
Broadband Bites: NTIA map paints clearer picture of digital divide
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6/18/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Cisco launches rural broadband center; standalone broadband service grows in US; Senators introduce BRIDGE Act.
Podcast: The Divide – Internet Society Foundation aims to bolster broadband with global grants
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6/17/2021   Post a comment
This week: Sarah Armstrong, executive director of the Internet Society Foundation, on the organization's mission to support Internet access for everyone and its current work to award grants for community-led efforts in Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal.
How a real estate company is trying to fix broadband mapping
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6/15/2021   Post a comment
LightBox, a commercial real estate information and technology platform, believes it has the data and tools necessary to correctly map the US digital divide.
GCI touts solid take rate for 1-Gig
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/15/2021   Post a comment
Alaska operator says nearly 41% of its broadband subs are getting speeds of 1 Gbit/s, or four times the national adoption rate uncovered by a recent study from OpenVault.
Small WISP gets government cash to cover Apple's HQ with broadband
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6/14/2021   Post a comment
About $8,000 in RDOF funding is going to LTD Broadband to provide 1-Gig service in areas surrounding Apple's massive $5 billion headquarters. That's drawn a complaint from the Competitive Carriers Association.
Study sizes up price tags to help bridge the broadband gap
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/14/2021   Post a comment
A budget of $61 billion to $118 billion would enable the US to bring 1-Gig to all locations that get less than 100/20 Mbit/s service that aren't tied to RDOF phase I, ACA Connects/Cartesian study finds.
Broadband Bites: Starry and Microsoft team up in Detroit
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6/11/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: the latest on broadband bipartisanship in DC; new laws in Vermont and Virginia; broadband equipment spending is up, says Dell'Oro.
Wi-Fi 6E set to open new doors for service providers
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6/11/2021   Post a comment
Wi-Fi 6 equipped with 6MHz spectrum will establish a 'VIP lane' for service providers, enabling them to match the speed and latency performance of their access networks and the customer's in-home network.
Podcast: The Divide – INDATEL and Connected2Fiber on monetizing 'fiber to the farmhouse'
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6/10/2021   Post a comment
This week: Ben Edmond, founder and CEO of Connected2Fiber, and Mel Wagner, CEO of INDATEL, on the economic challenges of rural broadband and how Connected2Fiber is helping operators plan and monetize their networks.
Starlink flirts with in-flight broadband market
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6/10/2021   Post a comment
Satellite-powered broadband service provider is in talks with 'several' airlines about providing connectivity for in-flight W-Fi services.
CNG Europe Preview: From Dodgy to DOCSIS
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6/10/2021   Post a comment
Alan Breznick and Tien Fu share bad British humor as they prep for LR's upcoming Cable Next-Gen Europe digital symposium on June 22 and 24.
Cable ops sizing up upstream 'sweet spot' for DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/9/2021   Post a comment
As operators mull plans for future DOCSIS 4.0 deployments, many are considering expanding the upstream to 396MHz, a move that would deliver upstream speeds of about 3 Gbit/s, CommScope exec says.
FCC releases state-by-state breakdown of EBB signups
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6/8/2021   Post a comment
The FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit program has signed up 2.3 million households and 1,000 providers.
First ViaSat-3 satellite takes a step toward launch
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/7/2021   Post a comment
Set for launch in early 2022, ViaSat-3 will cover the Americas and represent the first in a set of new satellites that will eventually deliver global coverage.
Fiber push in UK might bode ill for BT
Iain Morris  
6/7/2021   Post a comment
The UK is bustling with companies eager to build the next generation of broadband networks in what looks like a potentially nasty development for BT.
The myriad reasons some people don't have broadband
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6/4/2021   Post a comment
A large chunk of Pew Research Center survey respondents who don't have home broadband aren't really that interested in getting it in the future. And 11% without home broadband 'do not need it.'
Broadband Bites: White House frees $1B for broadband on tribal land
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6/4/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: 34% low-income homes struggle to pay Internet bills in US; Michigan creates broadband office; CenturyLink updates FCC on CAF; Germany may subsidize Starlink.
US cable operators face rising fiber threat
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6/3/2021   Post a comment
Cable One, Comcast, Charter and Altice USA will all see a significant rise in competitive FTTH overlaps by 2025, according to a new forecast from MoffettNathanson.
Pandemic spurs higher sales of select connected devices
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6/3/2021   Post a comment
Sales of sports and fitness devices, gaming consoles, e-readers, VR headsets and smart alarm systems all surged in North America during the pandemic-induced lockdowns last year, according to a new Cujo AI study.
Podcast: The Divide – How Project Nandi is addressing Internet inequity in the Twin Cities
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6/3/2021   Post a comment
On this episode: Ini Augustine, founder of Project Nandi, on her efforts to prevent Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian students in Minnesota's Twin Cities from being left behind by remote learning.
OpenVault: Higher broadband use emerging as new normal
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6/2/2021   Post a comment
While seasonal broadband usage patterns appear to have returned in Q1, usage is still notably higher than pre-pandemic levels and seems likely to remain so.
Podcast: The Divide – Rep. Drew Hansen on passing Washington's Public Broadband Act
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6/1/2021   Post a comment
On this episode: Representative Drew Hansen on passing a law in Washington to reverse the state's ban on municipal broadband and what comes next.
Broadband Bites: OneWeb developing a 'beam-hopping' satellite
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5/28/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: India adopts rules to advance satellite Internet; US Treasury urged to fund more underserved areas; FCC Commissioner wants big tech to pay for broadband.
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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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