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Content posted in May 2021
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.
Swiss Salt looks ahead to a converged future
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5/27/2021   Post a comment
Swiss operator in more confident mood following its FTTH partnership with Swisscom.
Will universal broadband be sacrificed for 'bipartisanship'?
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5/26/2021   Post a comment
President Biden offers to shave $35 billion off of his broadband proposal in the name of bipartisanship, but it's unclear if that's enough to win Republicans over.
Fixed wireless emerging as attractive alternative to DSL, AT&T CEO says
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5/25/2021   Post a comment
Fixed wireless presents a 'nice replacement' in DSL service areas that will likely not be targeted for FTTP upgrades, AT&T CEO John Stankey says.
Podcast: The Divide Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek on preparing for the 'fiber bubble'
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5/25/2021   Post a comment
This week: Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield, on addressing fiber deployment challenges in rural areas and how to prepare for an influx of demand for fiber broadband builds amidst supply shortages.
Telkom South Africa's mobile broadband subs surpass 10M
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5/24/2021   Post a comment
Telkom South Africa's mobile broadband traffic increased 53.2% during the year, while COVID-19 impacted its fixed line revenues.
Redzone rejects $500,000 in RDOF money over mapping snafu
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5/24/2021   Post a comment
Fixed wireless provider Redzone told the FCC it would deploy 50Mbit/s services to the town of Town of Islesboro, Maine. The only problem? The town already operates a 1Gbit/s fiber network.
BBWN Bites: Civil rights groups, ISPs form broadband equity coalition
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5/21/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Internet access and vaccination rates; NTIA to dole out $288 million in grants; states allocate broadband funds; Zzoomm makes progress in UK.
GCI going big with 2-Gig in 2022
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5/21/2021   Post a comment
Cable and mobile operator says it will deploy 2-Gig broadband to 77% of Alaskans next year, and has put 10-Gig speeds on its five-year roadmap.
FCC cheers 1M EBB signups as ISPs reportedly take advantage
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5/20/2021   Post a comment
The FCC asserts that over 900 broadband providers have signed up to participate in the program, but some customers seeking the subsidy say that ISPs are trying to push them into higher-priced packages.
Here's where states are making broadband progress
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5/20/2021   Post a comment
And why cable companies are 'terrified' of municipally provided broadband expansion.
Velocity in Kansas offers digital divide blueprint
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5/19/2021   Post a comment
Velocity, a fixed wireless provider launched by a utility co-op, built a network with stimulus money that could serve as a template for future broadband spending.
Podcast: The Divide How 'Project Overcome' is tackling access in Clinton County, Missouri
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5/18/2021   Post a comment
This week: US Ignite's Mari Silbey as well as Alex Wyglinski and Casey Canfield, co-leads on an Internet deployment project in Clinton County, Missouri join the podcast to discuss 'Project Overcome,' a $2.7 million effort to tackle the digital divide with novel broadband solutions.
Charter says a small portion of its RDOF wins don't pass the test
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5/18/2021   Post a comment
Cable operator tells the FCC that a deeper analysis finds that a few areas in four states are already served by broadband or are recipients of broadband-related funding.
Liberty Global starts to pave a path to 10G
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5/17/2021   Post a comment
Liberty Global will tap gear from Vector Technologies and Vecima Networks to help build a distributed access architecture that will take its access network to 1-Gig and beyond.
BBWN Bites: 183M European premises are fiber fed, says FTTH Council
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5/14/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Rural UK homes paying more for less; Cox coughs up 25 additional Mbit/s; SpaceX, Google partnership; FCC declares 'help has arrived.'
DZS ready to play 'long ball' on network convergence
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5/13/2021   Post a comment
With integrations and recent acquisitions now behind it, DZS outlines a vision touching mobile transport, broadband access and network virtualization.
Altice USA gears up for 10-Gig speeds
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5/13/2021   Post a comment
Fourth-largest US cable operator aims to be '10-gig-ready' in the next 18 months, thanks to its aggressive FTTP upgrade strategy.
BT ups fiber target to 25M UK premises by 2026
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5/13/2021   Post a comment
The company said it will explore joint ventures to fund the additional 5 million premises.
US broadband gap is three times larger than FCC says study
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5/12/2021   Post a comment
As the Emergency Broadband Benefit program opens for enrollment today, a new report out this week says the federal agency is drastically under-representing the digital divide.
Biden: 25Mbit/s broadband is fine, I guess
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5/11/2021   Post a comment
Although President Biden has hinted at a broadband future with 1Gbit/s speeds, new rules from his administration suggest speeds of 100 Mbit/s. And they acknowledge speeds of just 25 Mbit/s.
New York taps Starry, Flume and others for its Master Plan
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5/11/2021   Post a comment
The five providers, chosen through a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) from the city issued last year, will deliver high-speed Internet for up to 30,000 NYCHA residents.
BBWN Bites: House divided on municipal broadband
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5/7/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Atlantic Broadband gets $4.2 million grant from Virginia; Alabama passes broadband bill; BT launches service for low-income households; Eutelsat and Facebook to expand broadband in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Podcast: The Divide Next Century Cities' Francella Ochillo on documenting local perspectives in broadband policy
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5/6/2021   Post a comment
This week: Francella Ochillo, executive director of Next Century Cities, on the challenges local communities face in having their voices represented in broadband policy making and deployment.
Starlink claims 500K pre-orders as fiber players fret satellite hype
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5/5/2021   Post a comment
SpaceX launched an additional batch of 60 low-Earth orbit Starlink satellites into the sky on Tuesday, while announcing that the company's forthcoming Internet service has received 500,000 pre-orders.
CommScope says DAA is ready to roll
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5/5/2021   Post a comment
Cable tech supplier says new edge device that supports both remote PHY and remote MACPHY operation is set for field deployments as operators start to mull over network moves ahead of the DOCSIS 4.0 transition.
Mobile broadband is still unaffordable in African countries report
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5/5/2021   Post a comment
Looking at the cost of data-only mobile broadband as a percentage of average income, in 2020 eight out of the ten most expensive countries in the world for 1GB of mobile data were in Africa.
Nextlink walks away from RDOF obligations in New Mexico
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5/4/2021   Post a comment
Nextlink won't build Internet connections to 265 locations in New Mexico. The company said that's just 0.1% of its RDOF coverage area, but critics are beginning to sound the alarm.
Frontier fixates on fiber amid plan to build FTTP to 495K locations in 2021
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5/4/2021   Post a comment
But exploring an MVNO deal that would enable Frontier to add mobile to the mix is 'an interesting idea' as the company moves ahead with its post-bankruptcy plan, executive board chairman John Stratton says.
Funding programs have shrunk US digital divide by less than 1% report
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5/3/2021   Post a comment
Part of that is due to the 'changing definition of broadband,' says Deloitte. But the report warns against mandating 'too high a threshold' for minimally acceptable speeds.




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AT&T CEO John Stankey has challenged his execs to explore what it would take to expand AT&T's plan to build FTTP to 30 million locations by 2025. 'Execution and performance' is all that stands in the way, he says.
SCTE, the cable industry's standards-setting organization, has approved standards for enclosures and modules for Generic Access Platform (GAP) nodes designed to support DOCSIS, PON and wireless access technologies.
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.
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