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Content posted in March 2021
Biden's big infrastructure plan bills broadband as 'the new electricity'
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3/31/2021   Post a comment
Broadband piece of the proposed $2 trillion plan also puts high-speed Internet subsidy programs on notice.
ADTRAN's compact fiber cabinet targets RDOF bonanza
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/31/2021   Post a comment
Vendor says it already has commitments for the Total Access 5004 Micro-Cabinet, a product with big rural broadband ambitions.
US Ignite, NSF name 7 'Project Overcome' winners to take on the digital divide
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3/30/2021   Post a comment
US Ignite and the NSF announced winning projects of Project Overcome, a $2.7 million effort to accelerate broadband delivery to underserved communities using novel solutions.
BBWN Bites: Path to gigabit not 'one-size-fits-all,' says WISPA
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3/26/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: MTA, ICA want FCC to reject LTD; Cincinnati Bell signs fiber deal with Boone County, Kentucky; OneWeb launches 36 satellites; Virgin Media, Openreach announce fiber accomplishments.
Podcast – The Divide: Blair Levin and Clint Odom on digital equity and inclusion
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3/25/2021   Post a comment
This week, Blair Levin, former FCC official, and Clint Odom, SVP of policy and advocacy at the National Urban League, join the show to discuss the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion.
Comcast earmarks $1B in bid to narrow the digital divide
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/24/2021   Post a comment
Comcast's new ten-year investment plan to reach 50 million low-income households through community Wi-Fi projects, equipment donations and grants arrives on the ten-year anniversary of its Internet Essentials program.
ATX starts to pick up where Cisco left off
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/23/2021   Post a comment
In wake of amplifier licensing deal with Cisco, vendor has notched deals with Midco and Portugal's NOS – two operators in pursuit of 1.2GHz network capacity upgrades.
The FCC wants to know how bad your broadband is
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3/23/2021   Post a comment
The FCC announced it will start collecting 'first-hand accounts on broadband availability and service quality directly from consumers.'
Debate heats up over the role of wireless in a universal broadband future
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3/22/2021   Post a comment
Should the government funnel billions of dollars into wireless technologies that could be affected by vagaries like foliage? A policy debate is unfolding.
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.
BBWN Bites: UK gov launches £5B 'Project Gigabit'
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3/19/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Virginia allocates $20 million for broadband projects; Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) intros Broadband Justice Act; global Wi-Fi market projected for growth; WISPA offers Congress seven steps to end the digital divide.
US broadband providers could see stimulus checks, too
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3/18/2021   Post a comment
Already Congress has earmarked roughly $20 billion in broadband-related spending. But that might just be the beginning. 'There's never been anything like this,' wrote the MoffettNathanson analysts.
BT to build fiber 'like fury' after Ofcom ruling
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3/18/2021   Post a comment
The former UK incumbent says Ofcom's new regulation plan will enable it to earn a fair return on its planned £12 billion FTTP investment.
Podcast – The Divide: Ribbon's Bruce McClelland on economics and politics of rural broadband
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3/18/2021   Post a comment
Bruce McClelland, CEO of Ribbon Communications, joins the show to discuss the challenging economics around building out broadband in hard-to-reach areas, and takeaways from his recent conversations with lawmakers on rural broadband policy.
This tiny carrier is using 5G and CARES Act cash to smash the digital divide
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3/17/2021   Post a comment
Data Stream Broadband hopes to use Ericsson's equipment, CBRS spectrum and CARES Act funding to build a 5G fixed wireless Internet offering in rural parts of Virginia.
Cable operator upstream capacity spending spiked in Q4 – Dell'Oro
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3/12/2021   Post a comment
'Mid-split' and 'high-split' upgrades aren't going gangbusters yet, but spending levels on the upstream are a 'clear sign' of increased activity, analyst Jeff Heynen says.
BBWN Bites: DC Dems propose $94B broadband bill
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3/12/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Community Broadband Act would bolster municipal Internet projects; Web inventor calls for getting young people online; CityFibre identifies remaining cities and towns for fiber rollout.
Comcast starts to ratchet up downstream speeds on select tiers
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3/11/2021   Post a comment
Upgrades, initially focused on MSO's Central division, will boost former 1-Gig service to 1.2 Gbit/s downstream, and raise speeds nationwide for its Internet Essentials and prepaid Internet products.
Podcast – The Divide: Upstream's Kostas Kastanis on offering 'free' Internet in Africa
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3/11/2021   Post a comment
This week, Kostas Kastanis, deputy CEO of Upstream, joins the show to discuss the digital divide in Africa and Upstream's ad-supported service Zero-D, which enables free Internet access for millions of mobile users in emerging markets.
Starry set to put 24GHz spectrum to work
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3/10/2021   Post a comment
Fixed wireless company shelled out $48 million for 24GHz licenses in 2019 and is now teaming with T-Mobile on tests that will pave way to 'final certification and deployment.'
Starlink moves on mobile connectivity
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3/9/2021   Post a comment
SpaceX is pursuing a plan to connect Starlink satellites to trucks, planes, ships and other kinds of moving vehicles. Meanwhile, SpaceX is engaged in regulatory battles with Viasat and Dish Network.
BBWN Bites: US senators call for 100Mbit/s speed standard
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3/5/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: CED releases broadband policy proposals; 2020 saw record growth for service providers; report shows 21% of US adults lack Internet; France sees 'unparalleled' FTTH progress, says Arcep.
Podcast – The Divide: WISPA's Claude Aiken on tech-neutral solutions
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3/4/2021   Post a comment
This week, Claude Aiken, president and CEO of WISPA, on the role of small providers in closing the digital divide and why solutions and policies need to be tech neutral.
Video streaming accounted for 71% of Comcast's downstream traffic in 2020
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3/3/2021   Post a comment
Cable operator used a mix of tools, including AI and machine learning, to optimize the access network during a pandemic that sparked a surge in data usage.
15 million US households using mobile-only Internet – report
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3/3/2021   Post a comment
High costs and poor service has driven 12 million US households to cut the cord on their home broadband and go full mobile, says Parks Associates.
Operators in Australia and New Zealand get glimpse of post-pandemic broadband
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3/2/2021   Post a comment
Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.




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Upstream consumption climbed 63% last year as peak usage shifted to business hours and away from a pre-pandemic surge typically seen during prime time. The nature of upstream usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says.
Vendor says it already has commitments for the Total Access 5004 Micro-Cabinet, a product with big rural broadband ambitions.
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