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World Bank pledges $200M for Ghana's digital transformation
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5/11/2022   Post a comment
The Ghana Digital Acceleration Project gets a green light after a massive cash injection from the World Bank, which will help expand broadband access in the West African country.
WOW doubles greenfield fiber buildout commitment
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5/10/2022   Post a comment
Service developed with Reach Mobile will launch in one of WOW's southern markets in May. Meanwhile, WOW's greenfield fiber network plan has been expanded to 400,000 homes passed.
White House touts ISP commitments to increase affordable access
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5/9/2022   Post a comment
But consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that some of the broadband providers on that list are the same ones 'sabotaging President Biden's FCC.'
Net broadband subscriber adds the 'new normal' at Frontier, CEO says
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5/9/2022   Post a comment
Frontier added a record 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1 2022, more than enough to more than offset copper losses. Frontier posted a net gain of 20,000 total broadband subs for the period.
Adtran execs cheer for fiber, federal funds and 'effectively unlimited orders'
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5/6/2022   Post a comment
Adtran Q1 results were propelled by a 61% annual growth in its fiber access platforms and 'generationally significant' government investments in broadband, executives said on an earnings call.
ISPs drop fight against California's net neutrality law, will shift focus to DC
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5/5/2022   Post a comment
'Today is a historic win for Californians and the open Internet,' wrote Professor Barbara van Schewick, a supporter of the state's net neutrality guidelines.
The Divide: How UniCity's public Wi-Fi partnerships help connect communities
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5/5/2022   Post a comment
This episode features John Putnam, director of UniCity – the smart city division at Cincinnati Bell, now known as Altafiber. We discuss UniCity's 3,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots and how the division engages partners on providing connectivity, digital training services and more.
FCC unleashes $200M for RDOF as new bill would regulate how Commission vets ISPs
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5/4/2022   Post a comment
The Rural Broadband Protection Act would 'require a more thorough vetting and verification process for internet service providers seeking to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) high-cost programs.'
Altice USA CEO credits fiber buildout for its 'better competitive position'
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5/3/2022   Post a comment
Dexter Goei expects Altice USA to grow broadband subs in the second half of 2022 amid an aggressive FTTP rollout and plans to launch multi-gig services. But some analysts see FWA as an emerging rural threat.
Global network operators plot paths to next-gen broadband
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5/2/2022   Post a comment
Right now many telcos are still grappling with the early stages of 10G PON, also known as XGS PON, which can deliver multi-gigabit services.
Charter starts to book RDOF revenues
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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.
Gigi Sohn 'rural' opposition may be an excuse to thwart Title II
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4/29/2022   Post a comment
Potential ties between ISPs and a new campaign to squash Gigi Sohn's nomination for FCC Commissioner suggest a lobbying effort to derail Title II regulations, says Blair Levin, who served as chief of staff to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt.
Calix services help customers become 'recession-proof,' says CEO
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4/28/2022   Post a comment
'And if our customers are recession-proof, then actually, we're recession-proof,' said Calix CEO Carl Russo on an earnings call with investors.
The Divide: How Yellowstone Fiber plans to boost broadband choice in Bozeman
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4/27/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Greg Metzger, CEO, Yellowstone Fiber, and Kim McKinley, CMO, Utopia Fiber, discussing their open access fiber partnership in Bozeman, Montana, and where the open access model works best in the US.
Cox nears launch of 2-Gig broadband
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4/26/2022   Post a comment
The cable operator has yet to announce pricing on the new multi-gigabit speed tier, but said it will make the product available in certain neighborhoods across its footprint later this month.
Former Dem senator launches campaign to squash Gigi Sohn's FCC confirmation
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4/25/2022   Post a comment
One Country Project, led by former Senator Heidi Heitkamp – a Democrat – is launching a campaign claiming that Sohn 'is the wrong choice for the FCC and rural America.'
Verizon's big fixed wireless gains mask slowing wireline broadband growth
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4/25/2022   Post a comment
Verizon added 194,000 FWA subs in Q1, handily beating analyst estimates. But wireline broadband growth is slowing. With DSL losses included, Verizon added 37,000 wireline broadband subs in Q1, down from a year-ago gain of 66,000.
Fiber gains offset legacy broadband pains at AT&T
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4/22/2022   Post a comment
The telco nabbed another 289,000 fiber subs in the first quarter of 2022, enough to wipe out a loss of 284,000 non-fiber broadband customers.
Shentel seeks to drop some RDOF commitments in Virginia
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4/22/2022   Post a comment
In a filing that highlights ongoing challenges with RDOF, Shentel asks to be relieved of commitments for eight census block groups where Virginia has awarded state funding. The state supports the petition.
Comcast touts blistering speeds, low latencies with 'hollowcore' fiber
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4/21/2022   Post a comment
Envisioning a foundation for 10G, Comcast says a 40km deployment of hollowcore fiber pumped out speeds of 10 Gbit/s to 400 Gbit/s on a single fiber.
The Divide: Render's Sam Pratt on using digital tools to close the digital divide
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4/21/2022   Post a comment
Sam Pratt, CEO of Render Networks, a provider of geospatial network construction technology, joins the podcast to discuss his company's milestone of connecting over 1 million premises to fiber and what he's learned about the digital divide in the process.
In expanding FWA, Inland Cellular remains unafraid to try new things
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4/20/2022   Post a comment
Inland Cellular rose to prominence with one of the only open RAN deployments in the US. Now the company is moving forward with a test of Meta's Terragraph technology in the 60GHz band.
Senators to Rosenworcel: Communities need clarity on RDOF
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4/19/2022   Post a comment
Senators requested updates on the FCC's efforts to default ineligible bids, how they're collaborating on broadband funding across agencies and how rejected funds will be redistributed.
Verizon, T-Mobile score bragging rights for fixed, mobile data speeds
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4/19/2022   Post a comment
Ookla's Speedtest report for Q1 2022 found that Verizon delivered the fastest and most consistent fixed broadband speeds, while T-Mobile took the top spot for mobile.
Tarana CEO Basil Alwan: Making WTF moments in FWA
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4/18/2022   Post a comment
Tarana Wireless CEO Basil Alwan shares how his company, now worth more than $1 billion, has moved beyond small cell backhaul to helping service providers provide real broadband, all over the globe.
Comcast pitches smart solutions for clever cities
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4/15/2022   Post a comment
Service providers won't stop believing in smart cities. The latest, Comcast, is keen to explain how its new business unit will monitor streetlights, people.
Consumer panel raises idea of 'consistency score' for broadband labels
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4/14/2022   Post a comment
A recent hearing on the FCC's broadband nutrition labels showed that consumers may need more context around speed and uptime in order to make informed purchasing decisions.
The Divide: ACA's Matt Polka discusses unserved Americans' need for BEAD
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4/13/2022   Post a comment
This week: Matt Polka, CEO of ACA Connects, on closing the digital divide in rural and suburban markets, and how the NTIA should write the final rules for its $42.45 billion BEAD grant program.
California taps Utopia Fiber as partner on open access network
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4/13/2022   Post a comment
Utopia Fiber's partnership with California's Golden State Connect Authority comes following the state's passage of a $6 billion broadband bill with $3.25 billion for an open access, middle mile fiber network.
FWA market to grow by 2.3M customers in 2022 – analysts
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4/12/2022   Post a comment
Broadly, the Cowen analysts predict Verizon, T-Mobile, Starry and other FWA providers will collectively add almost 2.3 million new customers during the course of 2022.
Industry groups to NTIA: Learn from RDOF and fund 'competent' providers
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4/11/2022   Post a comment
The Fiber Broadband Association and NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association encouraged NTIA to prioritize BEAD funding for fiber builds and proven providers that are 'competent' and 'financially sound.'
Google Fiber targets the rest of Des Moines
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4/8/2022   Post a comment
Expansion of 1-Gig and 2-Gig fiber services will once again amp up competition with Mediacom as the incumbent cable operator embarks on its own '10G' initiative.
The Divide: State Rep. Deb Ruggiero on fighting for broadband in Rhode Island
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4/7/2022   Post a comment
Rhode Island State Rep. Deb Ruggiero joins the podcast to discuss the state's broadband needs and why she is trying to pass a bill to establish a broadband advisory council.
French court says non to Starlink
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4/7/2022   Post a comment
Conseil d'État revokes Arcep's 2021 decision to grant frequencies to Elon Musk's Starlink.
Billionaire space race heats up with Amazon satellite launch deals
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4/6/2022   Post a comment
Amazon progressed in its effort to join the satellite broadband club with news that it has inked deals with three rocket companies for up to 83 Project Kuiper launches over five years.
Rosenworcel promises broadband map this fall
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4/5/2022   Post a comment
The FCC Chairwoman also confirmed the agency would start a challenge process following the map release to give localities, tribes, carriers and consumers the opportunity to tell the agency what it got wrong.
Starlink helps Vodafone Ukraine reconnect battle-scarred towns
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4/5/2022   Post a comment
Using Elon Musk's satellite constellation as a transport network, the operator said it restored 2G/4G services in Irpin and Romanivka.
How Dublin is working with telcos to power smart city services
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4/4/2022   Post a comment
Jamie Cudden, smart city program manager for the Dublin City Council, discusses how Dublin is applying new and emerging connectivity technologies to deliver better city services and community outcomes.
'Huge opportunity' – Shentel, TDS talk fiber builds, federal funds
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4/1/2022   Post a comment
On a panel this week, execs from the telecommunications companies discussed their network deployment and upgrade plans, which involve federal funding and a firm focus on fiber.
New York lawmakers call for 'fiber tax' repeal
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3/31/2022   Post a comment
While the governor's ConnectALL broadband plan calls for state-funded projects to be exempted from the fiber fee, lawmakers are urging a full repeal.
Starry CEO: Get ready for personalized broadband
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3/30/2022   Post a comment
Speeds and feeds are heading the hype in US broadband's multi-gig era, but Starry CEO Chet Kanojia believes a focus on 'consistent' latency and speeds more tailored to how specific customers use the Internet will help the company differentiate.
The Divide: Clearfield's Cheri Beranek on explosive fiber demand and building heterogenous networks
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3/30/2022   Post a comment
This week: Cheri Beranek, CEO of Clearfield, on the state of the fiber industry and the supply chain's impact on broadband deployments, why she supports heterogeneous networks, the company's efforts in workforce training and more.
Rural broadband gets $600M in proposed Biden budget
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3/29/2022   Post a comment
The budget proposal also includes $25 million for rural co-ops to refinance Rural Utilities Services loan debt and upgrade their networks.
Starry nears its NYSE debut
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3/28/2022   Post a comment
Fixed wireless specialist will begin trading under the 'STRY' ticker on Tuesday following SPAC deal with FirstMark Horizon. Amid an ambitious expansion plan, Starry ended 2021 with 63,230 subscribers.
FCC's third application window for Emergency Connectivity Fund comes as study shows why libraries need broadband
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3/28/2022   Post a comment
Latest ECF funding round and application window comes shortly after the publication of a new study from the American Library Association (ALA) demonstrating the crucial role libraries play in delivering broadband.
ACA Connects urges FCC to avoid 'extraneous requirements' for new broadband labels
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3/25/2022   Post a comment
Group that represents small and midsized broadband service providers suggests its constituents will need a year or more to comply with the new rules due to the operational complexities involved.
WeLink expands leadership team, plots growth
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3/25/2022   Post a comment
John Paul Farmer is one of a handful of new executives at fixed wireless startup WeLink, which hopes to expand its services to more cities using government funding.
Construction starts on open access fiber network in Montana
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3/24/2022   Post a comment
Yellowstone Fiber has started laying conduit to install underground fiber to connect Gallatin County and the city of Bozeman, Montana. The open access network is a partnership with Utah's Utopia Fiber.
Starlink surpasses 250K residential and business subscribers
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3/24/2022   Post a comment
Meanwhile, Starlink, which has supplied 'thousands' of satellite broadband kits to Ukraine, is raising prices on hardware due to surging inflation.
NBN's fixed wireless access, satellite networks get $555M boost
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3/23/2022   Post a comment
The Australian federal government says it will tip a further A$480 million into the national broadband project, with NBN Co. adding another A$270 million.
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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.
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