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BBWN Bites: FCC approves $50 monthly broadband subsidy
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2/26/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: West Virginia demands documents from Frontier; hopes are high for Starlink; Nextlink to expand in 11 states; Alaska Communications gets Xtreme.
Judge clears California's net neutrality rules for takeoff
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2/24/2021   Post a comment
Ruling could embolden other states to enact their own rules amid expectations that the FCC will pursue new rules that were rolled back during the Trump administration.
Podcast: Low-latency broadband powers a Michigan music masterclass
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2/24/2021   Post a comment
The Light Reading podcast welcomes Dan Kurin, tech coordinator at Factory Two, and Brandon Corder, CEO of Beats x Beers, to discuss an upcoming experiment with low-latency broadband in Flint, Michigan.
Comcast extends data cap delay in the Northeast
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2/22/2021   Post a comment
Cable operator will wait to implement usage-based data policies in the region until 2022, altering an original plan to introduce those policies there in July 2020.
BBWN Bites: WISPA sets policy priorities
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2/19/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: DayNet fiber build starts in Dayton, Texas; new report shows millions of Americans aren't getting advertised Internet speeds; TIM 'ends' digital divide in Apulia.
Podcast The Divide: How US counties are confronting connectivity needs
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2/18/2021   Post a comment
This week: Judge JD Clark of Wise County, Texas and Councilmember Craig Rice of Montgomery County, Maryland co-chairs of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Task Force on local connectivity challenges, problems with FCC mapping and more.
FCC takes first step toward fixing broadband mapping
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2/17/2021   Post a comment
New task force will implement 'long-overdue improvements to the FCC's broadband data and mapping tools,' says the agency.
Australian broadband wholesaler NBN has nowhere to go on pricing
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2/16/2021   Post a comment
NBN Co is reviewing prices but won't make structural changes for at least two years, disappointing retail service providers.
BBWN Bites: Comcast cap inspires town to consider building own network
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2/12/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Nokia projects fiber 'leading broadband technology' in India by 2025; Truespeed rolls out in Bath; Telesat taps Thales for satellite broadband network; and more.
1-Gig and 1 terabyte users continue to climb
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2/12/2021   Post a comment
'Power users' who chew up at least 1 TB per month have doubled along a spike in the percentage of broadband subs provisioned for speeds of at least 1 Gbit/s, OpenVault finds in its Q4 2020 report.
Podcast The Divide: Dr. Nicol Turner Lee on the 'digitally invisible'
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2/11/2021   Post a comment
This week: Brookings Senior Fellow Dr. Nicol Turner Lee on what she learned on her ten-city tour investigating the digital divide in the US.
Starlink broadens its scope
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2/10/2021   Post a comment
Expanding on a more limited beta service launched last fall, satellite broadband upstart has opened up pre-orders that require prospective customers to front $99.
Pressure builds for FCC to bring back net neutrality rules
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2/9/2021   Post a comment
Network neutrality advocates want the FCC to open a proceeding to reinstate broadband as a Title II service amid a pandemic that has amplified the need for broadband connectivity, particularly for low-income households.
Starlink capacity will hit a wall, fiber and telco pressure groups claim
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2/9/2021   Post a comment
Study commissioned by The Fiber Broadband Association and NTCA finds that Starlink could fall short of its RDOF capacity commitments.
Minim debuts broadband data tracker
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2/8/2021   Post a comment
New feature for app will help consumers understand their broadband usage patterns and 'demystify' data caps, company says.
BBWN Bites: NY broadband bill dies on Cuomo's desk
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2/5/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Openreach customers cut off by arsonists; Eutelsat, TelOne to bring satellite Internet to Zimbabwe; Vodafone, Nokia tout progress on 'teleportation.'
Operators weigh next-gen network moves
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2/4/2021   Post a comment
Faced with an evolving competitive landscape, Schurz Broadband Group is debating whether to upgrade its HFC networks to next-gen DOCSIS technologies or to push ahead with FTTP.
Podcast The Divide: How Starry connects cord cutters and the underserved
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2/4/2021   Post a comment
This week: Virginia Lam Abrams, senior vice president of Government Affairs and Strategic Advancement at alternative broadband provider Starry.
Comcast postpones data cap fees in the Northeast
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2/3/2021   Post a comment
Agreement brokered with Pennsylvania's attorney general follows recent pressure by lawmakers urging Comcast to rethink timing of its new data policies for the region.
Comcast doubles download speeds for 'Internet Essentials'
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2/2/2021   Post a comment
Downstream speeds for broadband offering for low-income households rise to 50 Mbit/s, while upstream increases to 5 Mbit/s. Comcast will also accelerate rollout of Wi-Fi 'Lift Zones' for students.
Rogers posts cable, IPTV sub gains in Q4
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2/1/2021   Post a comment
Big Toronto-based cable and wireless provider continued to add more broadband and IPTV customers in Q4 to at least partly offset weaknesses in its wireless and media units.
Italy's TIM tees up co-investors for FTTH splurge
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2/1/2021   Post a comment
Telecom Italia reveals co-investment plan for the FiberCop last-mile network grid.
Charter to spend $5B on rural broadband expansion
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2/1/2021   Post a comment
Charter plans to hire 2,000 contractors and employees to facilitate the buildout, but says speed of deployment hinges on pole-permitting and other 'external factors.'




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