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Who should pay for the bridge across the digital divide?
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9/17/2021   Post a comment
Two new studies conclude that the US government's Universal Service Fund (USF) is in need of change. But they differ on whether ISPs or Big Tech should fix the situation.
FCC stamps another 466 winning RDOF bids
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/17/2021   Post a comment
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.
ISPs suffer losses and make plans in face of climate crisis
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9/16/2021   Post a comment
A worsening climate crisis that has exacted a toll on cables, fiber lines and wireless towers is making clear how vulnerable that critical infrastructure is.
The Divide: How Uprise Fiber seeks to solve what you hate about your ISP
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9/16/2021   Post a comment
This week: Sam Sanders, CEO of Uprise Fiber, on how the company sets itself apart from traditional ISPs and seeks to build digital equity into broadband deployments.
North Africa has world's slowest broadband speed
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9/15/2021   Post a comment
New data from Cable.co.uk shows North Africa has the world's slowest broadband speed. But average Internet speeds also continue to rise globally.
The Divide: New map shows 60M Americans lack Internet
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9/9/2021   Post a comment
This week: Eric Frank, CEO of LightBox, discusses the company's new nationwide Internet connectivity map which reveals that nearly one in six Americans is not connected.
AT&T's Katibeh on bridging the digital divide
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9/9/2021   Post a comment
Mo Katibeh speaks to AT&T's efforts to close the digital divide and what's next for the operator's future fiber and 5G network buildouts.
Amazon, SpaceX wage war over Starlink's 'Gen2' system
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/3/2021   Post a comment
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.
The Divide: MTA's Wanda Tankersley on Alaska's middle-mile problem
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9/2/2021   Post a comment
This week: Wanda Tankersley, COO at MTA, a telecom co-op in Alaska, talks about the state's unique middle-mile challenges, the company's AlCan ONE fiber project, and more.
Mediacom sheds light on new 'Bolt'-branded, CBRS-powered fixed wireless service
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/1/2021   Post a comment
Currently offered in parts of Alabama, Iowa and Florida, Mediacom Bolt features three speed tiers and is underpinned by 4G and 5G RAN products from Ericsson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congress may ask for 100Mbit/s download speeds in 'underserved' areas
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7/29/2021   Post a comment
The draft of the broadband section of the new infrastructure bill seems to show that Congress is gently moving the goalposts on what qualifies as an adequately served broadband community.
The great fiber buildout awaits
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7/28/2021   Post a comment
Fiber-fed telcos and ISPs anticipate funds for big broadband buildouts, but they'll be challenged by competing technologies, incumbent dominance and an ever-widening digital divide.
New York backs off $15/month broadband
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
A newly reported settlement between the state and telecom trade associations likely puts to rest an effort to require broadband providers in New York to offer a $15 tier of service.
Did wireless win the battle over broadband symmetry?
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
Some lobbyists have urged policymakers to define broadband as at least 100 Mbit/s upstream and downstream. But there are indications those requirements might be loosened paving the way for wireless.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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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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