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The Buildout: Charter, Windstream win in North Carolina, Comcast gets $10M in Baltimore, Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s
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8/5/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter and Windstream win in North Carolina; Comcast gets $10 million in Maryland; Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s; Internet Society awards EPIC grants. Plus construction and launches from Fidium Fiber, Brightspeed, Metronet and more.
Fueled by fiber, Adtran forecasts a 'very bright future'
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8/5/2022   Post a comment
Adtran reported a strong Q2, fueled by fiber investments in the US and Europe. But supply chain constraints 'have negatively impacted our profitability,' said CEO Tom Stanton.
The Divide: WISPs are the digital divide's 'first responders,' says new WISPA CEO
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8/4/2022   Post a comment
David Zumwalt, CEO of WISPA, joins the podcast to discuss how fixed wireless providers are tackling the digital divide. We also get into WISPA's take on federal funding rules, unlicensed spectrum and why Zumwalt calls the FCC's broadband mapping effort 'an area of great concern.'
Consolidated breaks fiber records, makes recession jokes
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8/3/2022   Post a comment
Consolidated Communications achieved net-positive broadband connections for the first time in seven years and disclosed a $490 million plan to sell its stake in five wireless partnerships to fund its fiber build.
SpaceX rebuts Viasat's 'misguided campaign' against Starlink's RDOF wins
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8/2/2022   Post a comment
SpaceX and Viasat both cited speed test data in their latest opposing arguments to the FCC on whether Starlink's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund bids should be approved.
Yellowstone Fiber sees no 'rational ROI' in rural Montana without federal funds
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8/1/2022   Post a comment
As Yellowstone Fiber builds out its open access network in Gallatin County, Montana, the company is now looking to ARPA and BEAD grants to reach the most unserved parts of the region.
Charter CEO Rutledge: We're a wireless company
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7/29/2022   Post a comment
The cable operator beat earnings and revenue estimates and talked up its mobile potential while its broadband numbers failed to impress.
Comcast CEO Roberts: We're in a fabulous place
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7/29/2022   Post a comment
The largest US cable company didn't gain broadband subscribers during the quarter. That's never happened before. But Comcast's management said the big picture looks good and it doesn't plan to 'chase pricing to the bottom.'
The Buildout: Charter nets millions in Louisiana, Consolidated goes to Washington, and more
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7/28/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Starry goes to Vegas; USDA doles out $401M; Florida co-op enlists Conexon; AT&T, Comcast, Charter get GUMBO grants; Consolidated's construction in Ellensburg, Washington; Metronet declares Greencastle a 'gigabit city'; Brightspeed's plans for Pennsylvania.
Comcast's Broderick Johnson on Internet access and the pursuit of 'digital equity'
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7/28/2022   Post a comment
In this podcast, Broderick Johnson, EVP for public policy and EVP for digital equity at Comcast, offers a brief history lesson on 'digital equity' and why identifying and lowering barriers to Internet adoption are critical.
BEAD's high-cost threshold 'key area' of concern for fiber advocates
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7/27/2022   Post a comment
While NTIA's notice of funding opportunity prioritizes fiber builds for those applying for BEAD grants, a 'high-cost threshold' exception has been a point of concern for fiber advocates.
Calix goes all in on 'significant opportunity' in US
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7/26/2022   Post a comment
Calix reported 20% annual revenue growth and a 33% increase in US revenue, driven by 'significant opportunity ahead.' Still, said execs, the supply chain remains 'a war every day.'
FCC proposes $2.3M fine for LTD's defaulted RDOF bids
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7/25/2022   Post a comment
The FCC proposed over $4 million in fines against defaulted RDOF applicants, with $2.3 million of those fines for the auction's largest bidder, LTD Broadband.
Mediacom adds Samsung to the fixed wireless mix
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7/22/2022   Post a comment
After deals with Ericsson and Casa Systems, Mediacom selects Samsung to help power an expanding CBRS network used to provide broadband in rural locations.
LTD Broadband may lose RDOF funding in Minnesota
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7/21/2022   Post a comment
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered an investigation into LTD's status as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), putting more of its RDOF dollars at risk.
FCC to consider pilot program to boost ACP enrollment
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7/20/2022   Post a comment
In a draft order, the FCC outlined an initiative called 'Your Home, Your Internet' aimed at increasing participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among those receiving federal housing assistance.
The Build Out: Mercury Broadband gets $62M through RDOF for Midwest build
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7/19/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Mercury Broadband's RDOF plans; Spectrum live in Dona Ana; SiFi, Google Fiber to build Mesa open access network; Fidium live in Concord; Brightspeed's Missouri build.
Starry adds record subs in Q2 as total nears 81,000
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7/18/2022   Post a comment
CEO Chet Kanojia says the fixed wireless broadband specialist is close to announcing a new expansion market that will come online later this year.
Microsoft tries to fill big gaps in broadband maps
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7/15/2022   Post a comment
FCC critic Microsoft says its 'Digital Equity Data Dashboard,' a tool that aggregates data from multiple sources, is an accurate, neighborhood-by-neighborhood view of broadband availability and 'digital equity.'
The Divide: Ji Soo Song on the Department of Education's role in achieving digital equity
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7/14/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Ji Soo Song, broadband advisor at the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET). We discuss the department's Digital Equity Education Roundtables initiative and how educational institutions can use infrastructure funding to help close the digital divide for students.
US pay-TV losses stayed ugly in Q1
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7/13/2022   Post a comment
Led by a record decline in cable, traditional pay-TV providers lost 1.86 million in Q1, and virtual MVPDs shed about 201,000 subs, according to MoffettNathanson's latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor.'
No relief in sight for sluggish cable broadband subscriber growth
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7/11/2022   Post a comment
Housing move activity, a key ingredient for cable broadband subscriber growth, remains in a weakened state, with few signs that it will reverse course any time soon.
ISPs, consumer advocates disagree on 'digital discrimination'
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7/11/2022   Post a comment
In public comments filed to the FCC, ISPs and consumer advocates disagreed over how to address 'digital discrimination' and whether or not it exists.
The Divide: Vistabeam's Matt Larsen on the reliability of wireless and pitfalls of federal funding
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7/8/2022   Post a comment
Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam, joins the podcast to discuss the role of fixed wireless in reaching unserved populations and how more federal funding to close the digital divide could have the opposite impact.
FCC invites input on interagency broadband agreement
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7/7/2022   Post a comment
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice seeking comment on the interagency agreement between the FCC, USDA and NTIA on broadband coordination.
'Completely backwards.' Skeptics fret over federal broadband map
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7/6/2022   Post a comment
The FCC opened its broadband data collection system to service providers. But some are worried the lengthy mapping process will leave behind those who need service the most.
Playlist: 'The Divide' on the Light Reading Podcast
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7/5/2022   Post a comment
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.
Google Fiber to tangle with Cox and Lumen in Arizona
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7/5/2022   Post a comment
Once a deal is approved by the city council, Mesa will become the first city in Arizona to welcome Google Fiber. Network construction could start by early 2023.
The Divide: Connected Nation's Heather Gate on maps, grants and the 'future-proof' fallacy
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7/1/2022   Post a comment
Heather Gate, vice president of digital inclusion at Connected Nation, joins the podcast to discuss collaborating with states on broadband maps and grant requests, and why she dislikes the phrase 'future proof.'
AT&T partners with Amarillo to upgrade city's network
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6/30/2022   Post a comment
Following similar public/private fiber upgrade projects in rural areas, AT&T is targeting more than 22,000 customer locations via a three-year, multi-million agreement with the Texas panhandle city.
Here are seven questions dogging the FCC's broadband 'nutrition labels'
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6/29/2022   Post a comment
The FCC wants broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. But creating broadband labels isn't straightforward.
New York broadband map reveals disparities
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6/28/2022   Post a comment
A broadband map commissioned by New York shows 97.4% of the state is considered 'served,' but it also exposes regional gaps and economic disparities.
Biden's net neutrality strategy looks doomed
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6/27/2022   Post a comment
It's been around 250 days since President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn as the fifth FCC commissioner. Now, it looks increasingly likely that she will never be approved into the agency.
'Robust' broadband choice squashes need for regulation, says trade group
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6/23/2022   Post a comment
Study from ACA Connects argues that the case for new regulations has 'vanished' amid 'robust' broadband growth and competition.
The Divide: Ready's Scott Woods on what NTIA got right and wrong with BEAD
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6/23/2022   Post a comment
Scott Woods, VP of community engagement at Ready, and a former NTIA official, joins the podcast to discuss the federal government's broadband grants and how Ready is helping ISPs prepare for funding opportunities.
LTD bails on RDOF buildout in California
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6/22/2022   Post a comment
LTD was the big winner in the FCC's RDOF program. But 18 months later, the company still has not received any money through the effort. Now, it is exiting the California market.
Broadband administration jobs abound across US
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6/22/2022   Post a comment
Federal, state and local offices are hiring for a range of positions to manage billions of dollars in broadband grants.
Utility operators see a future in fiber broadband
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6/21/2022   Post a comment
Panelists from utility providers joined the Fiber Broadband Association to discuss benefits of deploying fiber and where they see their role in closing the digital divide.
ConnectMaine's Peggy Schaffer on the challenges with federal funding
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6/20/2022   Post a comment
Peggy Schaffer, executive director of ConnectMaine, discusses the work her team has done to tackle Maine's digital divide, and the pressure ramping up on state offices as they prepare to apply for billions in federal broadband grants.
WISPs freak over guidelines that may exclude FWA in unlicensed spectrum
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6/20/2022   Post a comment
'Unlicensed spectrum remains a critical tool for closing the digital divide. Removing it from the proverbial toolkit will mean fewer providers at the table,' argued wireless Internet provider Nextlink.
Craighead Electric's Jeremiah Sloan on lighting up Arkansas with fiber
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6/17/2022   Post a comment
Jeremiah Sloan, CEO, Craighead Electric, discusses the co-op's work in rural Arkansas and a new partnership with electric co-ops across the state to deliver a wholesale fiber network.
Omdia's Julie Kunstler on how fiber is challenging the cable industry
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6/17/2022   Post a comment
Julie Kunstler, senior principal analyst at Omdia, discusses new broadband deployment strategies and the challenges facing the cable industry as fiber competition ramps up in the US.
FBA's Deborah Kish on the economic, social and safety benefits of building fiber
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6/16/2022   Post a comment
Deborah Kish, VP of research and workforce development at the Fiber Broadband Association, discusses the organization's research on how fiber deployments are improving communities and shares updates about OpTIC: the FBA's new fiber optic technician training program.
CostQuest counts 23-25M homes, businesses unserved or underserved by broadband
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6/15/2022   Post a comment
James Stegeman, CEO of CostQuest, discusses his company's work with the FCC on a forthcoming federal broadband map that will determine how billions in broadband grant funding gets divided amongst US states and territories.
EPB's Katie Espeseth on delivering the 'world's fastest Internet' in Chattanooga
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6/15/2022   Post a comment
Katie Espeseth, vice president at EPB, discusses progress the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has made with fiber delivery, how it's paved the way for economic growth and more.
Virginia's broadband director on using BEAD funding to close the digital divide
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the office of broadband for the state of Virginia, discusses how the state has ramped up broadband infrastructure investments over the years, its work on broadband mapping and how forthcoming BEAD funding can help the state expand its efforts to close the digital divide.
Netly Fiber gets terabit ready in California
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
Netly Fiber, an open access network founded in 2017, announced the completion of a two-year fiber build of its terabit-ready network in Solana Beach, California.
DZS CEO talks M&A, fiber funding and the need for 1-Gig broadband
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
DZS CEO Charlie Vogt talks about the influx of federal broadband funding and how his company is cutting costs for service providers by giving them more visibility into their customer networks.
Four forces driving 1-Gig as 'new global standard' – report
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6/13/2022   Post a comment
Consumer demand, operator technology upgrades, marketing and high levels of investment are all contributing to 1-Gig growth globally, says analyst firm Omdia.
NTIA chief defends broadband rules in Senate hearing
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6/10/2022   Post a comment
Broadband rules also drew criticism from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) which called NTIA's fiber focus 'contrary to Congress' tech-neutral design' of the infrastructure law.
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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.
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