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Charter starts to book RDOF revenues
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/29/2022   Post a comment
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/30/2021   Post a comment
Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical co-op don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.
FCC clears another $554M for RDOF, led by Windstream approvals
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/21/2021   Post a comment
The Commission's latest round of RDOF authorizations, its largest so far from a dollar standpoint, pushes total approvals of funding past $1 billion.
FCC releases another $163M for RDOF as 'clean up' continues
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/8/2021   Post a comment
RDOF bids spanning another 42 providers across 21 states were included in a second wave of funding authorization tied to phase I of the FCC's program.
The future of broadband and fiber as infrastructure
Fiber Broadband Association  
9/29/2021   Post a comment
Since the 1970s, the idea that the telecommunications network would one day serve as an information superhighway has been part of our culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Study sizes up price tags to help bridge the broadband gap
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/14/2021   Post a comment
A budget of $61 billion to $118 billion would enable the US to bring 1-Gig to all locations that get less than 100/20 Mbit/s service that aren't tied to RDOF phase I, ACA Connects/Cartesian study finds.
DZS ready to play 'long ball' on network convergence
Jeff Baumgartner  
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.
Canada plots Quebec broadband stimulus
Alan Breznick  
4/2/2021   Post a comment
Federal and provincial governments plan to spend C$826.3 million to extend broadband to nearly 150,000 unserved Quebec households by September 2022.




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Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.
Webinars
Thursday, August 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

The digital divide in North America is leaving millions without adequate broadband. Incumbents operate in “islands” of connectivity, serving densely populated areas and, at a national scale, perpetuating the digital divide in the gaps in between their service footprints. Regional ISPs have a clear role in closing that gap.

These regional ISPs operate in a highly fragmented landscape, including smaller wireless and FTTH incumbents, satellite ISPs, electric co-ops, tribal communities, and municipalities in public/private partnerships. These regional ISPs face the same cyber threats and operational challenges as their Tier 1 counterparts, but with far fewer resources and revenue-generating population density. As a result, many regional ISPs have developed highly innovated business models for access and core technology, partnerships, financing and services.

The discussion will cover:

  • Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
  • Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
  • How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
  • Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management

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