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FCC OKs Frontier's Chapter 11 restructuring plan
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/15/2021   Post a comment
Frontier expects to emerge from Chapter 11 in early 2021.
ISPs catch heat about data caps, price increases
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/13/2021   Post a comment
Democratic lawmakers in the House Energy & Commerce committee are pressing the likes of Comcast, Altice USA, Charter, Cox and T-Mobile to detail their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hitron's DOCSIS sensor designed to streamline self-installs, cut capex
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/8/2021   Post a comment
Vendor says low-cost coax testing device enables customers to verify a coax outlet before calling tech support and should help operators reduce unnecessary truck rolls and service calls.
Viasat seeks review of Starlink
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/7/2021   Post a comment
Viasat urges FCC to take a close look at the potential environmental impact posed by Starlink's plans to deploy thousands of broadband satellites.
Verizon expands reach of low-cost Internet program
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1/4/2021   Post a comment
Starting at $19.99 per month, Fios Forward provides uncapped broadband service to new and existing qualified, low-income households.
US ISPs add 1.32M subs in Q3 2020
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable once again led growth in the quarter, but a top industry analyst expects the rate of broadband sub growth to slow in 2021.
CommScope launches cable network upstream booster
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/14/2020   Post a comment
New transmitter and receiver support 'high-split' upgrades that raise the HFC network's upstream capacity to 204MHz, setting a path for cable operators to deliver symmetrical 1-Gig on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.
Mediacom sues West Des Moines over Google Fiber deal
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/11/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator alleges that the city council improperly used taxpayer-backed bonds to build a multi-million conduit network for the exclusive use of Google Fiber.
Verizon and CFU lead as Frontier and AT&T lag the field in online gaming
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/10/2020   2 comments
New PCMag study shows which ISPs – both big and small – are tops in latency and jitter performance.
RDOF round one: Winners and losers
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/8/2020   Post a comment
Auction results were 'quite bad' for incumbent telcos as Charter and SpaceX cleaned up, analyst says.
Comcast extends COVID-19 commitments through June 2021
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/7/2020   Post a comment
Cable op will continue to provide 60 days of free access to new Internet Essentials customers, along with free access to 1.5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots through mid-2021.
Cable access market bounces back in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/2/2020   Post a comment
Pickup in the cable access network segment helped to drive total broadband access equipment spending to $3.1 billion in the period, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Comcast to go national with broadband cap
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/23/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator is bringing its usage-based residential broadband data policies and unlimited data option to the northeast, where it grapples with Verizon's cap-free Fios service in certain markets.
Subs on 1-Gig speed tiers spike in Q3 – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/16/2020   Post a comment
Power users – those who chew up at least 1 terabyte per month – are also on the rise.
NCTC, Adtran strike FTTP deal for indie cable ops and telcos
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/12/2020   Post a comment
Partnership gives Adtran additional exposure to small and midsized cable operators and telcos as they tap FTTP for network upgrades, greenfield buildouts and, potentially, RDOF-related projects.
Shaw unleashes 1.5 Gig on HFC
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11/9/2020   Post a comment
Canadian cable op says new 'Fibre+ Gig 1.5' tier is geared for content creators and 'super streamers' that are also looking to connect a bunch of devices in the home.
Viasat: Lower-latencies nice, but not 'decisive' driver for satellite broadband
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/6/2020   Post a comment
Viasat execs see no surprises in Starlink's small-scale beta test and believe the satellite broadband company is well positioned to compete on speed, capacity and price.
Starlink speeds blow by Hughes and Viasat – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/4/2020   Post a comment
As Starlink inches towards commercial launch, recent speed tests from Ookla show that the emerging satellite broadband service is averaging 79.5 Mbit/s down and 13.8 Mbit/s up.
Fiber fuels AT&T's broadband growth in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/23/2020   Post a comment
Additions of 357,000 FTTP subs offset DSL and IP 'non-fiber' losses in the period.
Azure's cloud rolls into space
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/20/2020   Post a comment
SpaceX's Starlink and SES are two key partners for Azure Space, a new, globally focused, integrated cloud platform that taps into both satellite and ground-based connections.
DZS gets amped for RDOF
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/15/2020   Post a comment
Meanwhile, Starlink, Hughes and Viasat, along with a batch of cable operators, have come through as qualified bidders for the RDOF sweepstakes.
Hitting the DOCSIS 'sweet spot'
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/14/2020   Post a comment
Cisco's John Chapman analyzes the options available to cable operators as they consider how to proceed with DOCSIS 3.1 today and, later, with DOCSIS 4.0.
AT&T looks to lure fiber subs with new pricing, unlimited data
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/2/2020   1 comment
Updated pricing on unbundled AT&T Fiber service also bakes in unlimited data and enters the picture after top exec proclaims there's an 'easy path' for AT&T to consider expanding its fiber footprint.
Cox commits millions to help bridge online education gap
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable op launches 'Cox CARES Act Solution for Education' along with pledge to spend $60 million over the next year to support digital learning.
Rogers tries to sweeten its play for Cogeco
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/28/2020   Post a comment
Canadian operator intends to keep the Cogeco brand as it proposes multi-year plan to invest $3B n Quebec focused on accelerated 5G rollouts, network investments and rural broadband expansions.
Comcast rolls free Wi-Fi to low-income students
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/21/2020   Post a comment
In conjunction with nonprofits, Comcast has launched a multiyear initiative to deploy more than 1,000 Wi-Fi 'Lift Zones' in local community centers.
Global broadband access equipment revenues rebound in Q2
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/18/2020   1 comment
PON sales remain strong, particularly in Europe, while cable access purchases slipped 8%, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Google Fiber's 2-Gig move pressures cable to upgrade upstream
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/15/2020   Post a comment
Google Fiber is testing a $100 per month, 2Gbit/s service in two markets next month, with plans to offer it more broadly in early 2021.
Flurry of factors fuels cable's broadband surge
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/10/2020   Post a comment
General consumer demand during the pandemic, accelerating footprint expansions and a spike in new household formation are all contributing, analyst says.
Altice USA stays on the hunt for Cogeco
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9/10/2020   Post a comment
Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei will continue to seek an 'end game' resulting in the acquisition of Cogeco's US subsidiary, Atlantic Broadband.
Altice USA, Rogers try to divvy up Cogeco
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9/2/2020   Post a comment
Under a $7.8 billion deal, Altice USA makes a play to acquire Cogeco's US-based Atlantic Broadband division, and then sell Cogeco's Canadian assets to Toronto-based Rogers Communications.
DOCSIS 4.0 gets ready to roll
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/28/2020   Post a comment
Operators and suppliers start to prep the network for the new, speedier platform as the modems and other key pieces of the DOCSIS 4.0 product ecosystem are in development.
Dasan Zhone becomes DZS, outlines plan under new CEO
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/19/2020   Post a comment
As DZS, company aims to unify recent acquisitions and focus its pursuit of markets such as 5G transport, next-gen fiber access, passive optical LAN and the connected home/business.
Broadband competition MIA for millions of US homes – study
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8/13/2020   Post a comment
Almost 50 million people in the US are in areas with only one choice of a true broadband service, the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) finds.
Data demands drop but stay ahead of pre-pandemic levels
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/11/2020   Post a comment
Upstream consumption climbed 5.3% even as overall usage dropped by 5.5%, according to OpenVault.
Broadband access equipment to dip 7% in 2020 – Dell'Oro
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/3/2020   Post a comment
While cable can expect a topsy-turvy year, the road ahead for the global PON market should be much smoother.
MaxLinear nears finish line on Intel buy
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/28/2020   Post a comment
Anticipating a strong Q3 driven by cable data 'tailwinds,' the chipmaker also expects to wrap up its acquisition of Intel's home gateway biz in the period.
Frontier forks over $750K to settle complaint with Minnesota AG
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/14/2020   Post a comment
Frontier, now in the middle of a bankruptcy reorganization, has also agreed to reform sales and ad practices and invest $10 million in broadband network improvements in the state.
Charter's RDOF plan could target 2.5M homes
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/13/2020   Post a comment
By participating in the RDOF auction, the cable op is poised to broaden its footprint to adjacent rural areas and apply pressure on telcos such as CenturyLink and Frontier.
Frontier pays for probe into hidden fees, 'misrepresentation' of Internet speeds
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/10/2020   Post a comment
Already in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the telco will fork over $900,000 to resolve an investigation by the Washington state Attorney General's office.
Emergency Broadband Connections Act enters frame as pandemic drags on
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/30/2020   Post a comment
New bill arrives as FCC Chairman's voluntary connectivity pledge with ISPs reaches its expiration date.
Comcast uses AI smarts to boost cable network performance
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6/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator has accelerated the rollout of an AI-powered system called 'Octave' to improve the efficiency of its access network.
Cox Business rises to the remote workforce challenge
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6/24/2020   Post a comment
Like Comcast and AT&T, Cox's business services unit has tailored its commercial offerings to suit customers that have been forced to support a growing remote workforce during the pandemic.
Cable's upstream still getting a workout during pandemic
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Overall peak usage on US cable networks continues to flatten out and even decline slightly, but sustained higher levels of usage on the upstream path have persisted, according to the latest data from the NCTA.
Cable to blaze a long trail to its DAA future
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6/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable adoption of a distributed access architecture has slowed during the pandemic, but execs believe DAA fits well with the long-term success of the HFC networks.
Global broadband access market takes a dive in Q1
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/9/2020   Post a comment
Revenues for the total sector dropped 15% in the pandemic-impacted period, coupled with a 22% decline in cable access 'concentrator' revenues, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Starry secures foothold in US broadband market
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6/2/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless startup is taking a slow path to success, but Starry's base is growing by 10% per month and is poised to end 2020 with about 100,000 subs, an industry analyst says.
Viasat tees up LEO satellite broadband plan to reach rural US
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
It faces an uphill climb, but Viasat is exploring a plan to build 300 low-earth orbit satellites that could deliver low-latency broadband service and qualify for the US Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.
US cable still 'punching above its weight' against FTTH competition – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/28/2020   Post a comment
Cable ops continued to gain ground against broadband rivals in Q1 2020 amid the early stages of the pandemic and a recent surge in new household formation.
Comcast confirms commitment to Full Duplex DOCSIS
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/21/2020   Post a comment
The pandemic has caused the operator to redeploy some of its network engineering resources, but Comcast says it remains bullish on its FDX initiative.
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