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Content posted in August 2021
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
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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
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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.




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