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The Divide: Digging into Pennsylvania's broadband map
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12/1/2021   Post a comment
This week: Penn State Extension's Harry Crissy and Tom Beresnyak discuss how and why they created a broadband map for the state of Pennsylvania and how it's being used to address the digital divide.
Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
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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.
Telcos to nearly double fiber footprint by 2027 – report
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11/29/2021   Post a comment
Wall Street firm projects that telcos will pass nearly twice as many homes with fiber lines over the next five years, while the number of telco FTTH subs will more than double to 35 million.
What's the story? The $22 billion Andromeda spectrum auction
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11/29/2021   Post a comment
On this episode, we talk with Light Reading's Mike Dano about all things spectrum auctions, including the 'Andromeda' auction, which just wrapped up with $22 billion in bids. We also get into broadband mapping and how spectrum could be used to tackle the digital divide.
South Africa's digital migration on track for March 2022
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11/26/2021   Post a comment
South Africa's Communications Minister has committed to completing the country's digital migration by the end of March 2022.
How Render uses geospatial data to get fiber builds up to speed
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11/24/2021   Post a comment
The startup hopes its work on a fiber build for an Arkansas co-op, completed almost two years ahead of schedule, will make the case that these networks can be built more efficiently with the right tools.
Wireless industry report says 5G FWA could connect 43% of rural US
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11/23/2021   Post a comment
A new industry report from Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association, makes the case for serving the rural US with fixed wireless, noting that with billions available for broadband, it's 'key to acknowledge that 5G FWA is a future-proof technology.'
Fixed wireless, LEO satellite broadband best suited for unserved and underserved areas – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/22/2021   Post a comment
Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.
What's the Story with Altice USA's fiber strategy?
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11/22/2021   Post a comment
On this episode of the What's the Story? podcast, Light Reading's Alan Breznick explains why Altice USA did a 180 on its broadband growth strategy.
Broadband Bites: California picks first projects for open-access network
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11/19/2021   Post a comment
Also in today's roundup: US broadband growth back to pre-pandemic levels; Nokia, Earthlink building broadband backbone in Iraq; Openreach passes 6 million with fiber; FCC proposes spectrum-sharing incentive program.
Bouygues Telecom nears 50% FTTH customer milestone
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11/19/2021   Post a comment
French operator says it is on track to meet targets set out under Ambition 2026 strategy.
Multiple forces fueling broadband's 'Great Deceleration' – analyst
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11/18/2021   Post a comment
Competition, depressed household formation, government stimulus dollars and the saturation of broadband penetration are all affecting the rate of broadband subscriber growth, says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.
The Divide: Internet Society's Mark Buell on what's 'very good' and 'less good' in the broadband bill
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11/18/2021   Post a comment
This week: Mark Buell, regional vice president for North America at the Internet Society, joins the podcast to discuss the impact the Biden administration's $65 billion broadband legislation will have on the digital divide in the US.
Rosenworcel fields questions on FCC's broadband map in Senate hearing
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11/17/2021   Post a comment
In a confirmation hearing before the US Senate today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel discussed the agency's crucial work on broadband mapping and said it has selected a bidder for the national broadband serviceable location fabric.
Fiber Broadband Association makes case for symmetrical speeds in new report
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11/16/2021   Post a comment
The study, conducted by market research firm RVA, hints at talking points for fiber providers as federal and state agencies prepare to distribute funds for new broadband networks.
Broadband Bites: Biden signs infrastructure bill with historic broadband investment
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11/15/2021   Post a comment
Also in today's broadband roundup: UK plans infrastructure assessment; Vodafone and CityFibre take the next step; US Senate schedules Rosenworcel hearing.
Consolidated boots up 'Fidium Fiber' brand as network upgrades expand
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11/15/2021   Post a comment
Launched in parts of northern New England, the new brand offering features symmetrical 1-Gig service starting at $70 per year paired with a whole-home Wi-Fi platform powered by Plume.
Conexon Connect gets $435M in latest RDOF round to serve fiber through rural co-ops
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11/12/2021   Post a comment
In the FCC's largest round of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) yet, which saw electric cooperatives as the walkaway winners, over $435 million was designated for Conexon Connect, a fiber ISP providing service through local co-ops.
The Divide: James Clark on preserving Native American culture with broadband
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11/11/2021   Post a comment
This week on the podcast, we hear from James Clark, a fellow with the American Connection Corps (ACC), who is working with Mille Lacs Band tribal leadership to preserve his ancestors' Ojibwe language. We discuss that effort, along with the causes of the digital divide at Mille Lacs and what they and other Indigenous tribes need from policymakers.
WeLink expands FWA in Las Vegas and Phoenix
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11/10/2021   Post a comment
Company leaders wouldn't reveal current subscriber numbers but said that they are pleased with WeLink's performance so far.
Commerce Sec promises Fed oversight on state broadband plans
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11/9/2021   Post a comment
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at a White House press briefing that closing the digital divide will be a 'massive undertaking' and shared details on oversight plans and requirements for state funding.
Altice USA touts big gigabit subscriber gains
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11/9/2021   Post a comment
Big US cable provider reports that 13.3% of customers who can get it now take 1-Gig service, with 46% of new high-speed data subs signing up for it in Q3. Those numbers translate to 580,000 gig customers.
BT CEO predicts UK fiber victory but still unsure of final score
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11/9/2021   Post a comment
The UK's broadband market is suddenly awash with fiber investors and a loss of share could be extremely damaging to the incumbent.
US House passes Biden's infrastructure bill with $65B for broadband
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11/8/2021   Post a comment
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contains the federal government's largest investment in broadband, as well as key provisions around affordability and digital equity.
Altice USA plans aggressive fiber build to boost growth
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11/5/2021   Post a comment
Big US MSO unveils more aggressive fiber upgrade, edge-out and mobile strategy after losing broadband subs and seeing mobile sub growth slow to a crawl in Q3.
Broadband advocates push for broader spectrum use
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11/5/2021   Post a comment
Public interest groups argue that spectrum in the 12GHz band and beyond should be put to broader use to solve the digital divide, despite arguments to the contrary from incumbents like SpaceX.
Frontier's fiber build ramps to a record, but revenues fall short in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/3/2021   Post a comment
Frontier added a record 185,000 new fiber locations in Q3. The company's stock rose despite a revenue miss, illustrating the weight investors are putting into Frontier's aggressive FTTP buildout strategy.
FCC sets priorities for new Communications Equity and Diversity Council
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11/3/2021   Post a comment
The Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) is reborn as the Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC), with new working groups and expanded priorities to end digital redlining and other inequitable industry practices.
BT and OneWeb sign satellite broadband deal
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11/3/2021   Post a comment
OneWeb has inked a deal with BT to provide low-Earth orbit satellite connectivity across BT Group, with the first live trials due to start early 2022.
Adtran CEO reports 'mixed' results and mixed feelings on supply issues
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11/2/2021   Post a comment
Adtran reported a GAAP net loss of $10.4 million for Q3 2021, owing largely to supply chain issues. But CEO Tom Stanton tried to project a sunny outlook for 2022 while also admitting it's the company's biggest problem.
Comcast bumps 'Gigabit Pro' to 3-Gig
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11/1/2021   Post a comment
Comcast confirmed it will soon upgrade all Gigabit Pro subs to symmetrical speeds of 3 Gbit/s. Gigabit Pro, an FTTP service for residential customers, originally offered symmetrical speeds of 2-Gig.
Shentel halts fixed wireless buildout in favor of fiber
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11/1/2021   Post a comment
Earlier this year, Shentel disclosed plans to cover up to 215,000 households with its Beam-branded fixed wireless Internet service. Now it's halting those plans and will instead build out fiber.
Verizon, Amazon to integrate LEO satellites with 5G
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10/29/2021   Post a comment
The first offering from the new partnership will backhaul Verizon's cell sites through Amazon's LEO satellites, allowing Verizon to offer fixed wireless Internet services in unconnected rural areas.
Where Biden's FCC pick Gigi Sohn stands on broadband
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10/29/2021   Post a comment
If confirmed, Biden's pick for FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn, will bring a strong voice for open, affordable Internet and public networks, just as the administration prepares for the largest federal broadband investment in history.
The Divide: Dr. Dominique Harrison on achieving digital equity in the Black Rural South
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10/28/2021   Post a comment
This week: Dr. Dominique Harrison, director of the Technology Policy Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, joins to discuss her recent research into the digital divide in the Black Rural South.
Airband secures £100M to boost UK rural fiber
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10/27/2021   Post a comment
UK-based broadband provider plans to cover 600,000 premises by 2025.
Biden finally moves on vacant FCC and NTIA posts
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10/26/2021   Post a comment
Following much public hand-wringing over the fate of the FCC, President Biden today announced he will nominate Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn as commissioners, with Rosenworcel designated as Chair.
Calix reports strong Q3 but projects supply chain issues for 'entirety of 2022'
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10/26/2021   Post a comment
Speaking to shareholders, Calix CEO Carl Russo was optimistic about the company's ongoing success with small ISPs. But he notes Calix is experiencing the 'direct effects' of low global vaccination rates.
CommScope explores new option for DOCSIS 4.0
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10/22/2021   Post a comment
Key cable supplier has teamed up with two tech partners to develop silicon and a network architecture for DOCSIS 4.0. The move aims to expand the ecosystem for vendors and operators, but should also keep Broadcom in check.
The Divide: How LUS Fiber makes the muni model work in Lafayette, Louisiana
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10/21/2021   Post a comment
This week: Ryan Meche, director of LUS Fiber, a municipal fiber provider in Lafayette, Louisiana, on why the city chose a municipal broadband model, how it's funded and how it works and the company's plans for a potential NTIA grant.
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.
Google Fiber rolls 2-Gig broadband to San Antonio
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/20/2021   Post a comment
Expansion in that market makes the $100 per month offering available to all of Google Fiber's FTTP markets. Google Fiber's fixed wireless 'Webpass' markets still max out at 1 Gbit/s.
Telefónica freed from fiber regulations in more areas
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10/19/2021   Post a comment
Spanish competition regulator CNMC approves changes that give telco greater freedom to compete on fiber throughout the nation.
Vecima first out of the chute with standardized 'GAP' node
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10/18/2021   Post a comment
The Entra EN9000, a node based on SCTE standards for the Generic Access Platform, will be ready for lab tests in 1H 2022. GAP nodes will enable MSOs to snap in service modules for HFC, PON and wireless access services.
Omdia's Julie Kunstler on what's going on with PON
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10/15/2021   Post a comment
Julie Kunstler discusses developments in passive optical networks and why operators are turning to PON to reduce 5G small cell transport costs, and to support their own 'green' initiatives.
Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on the changing broadband landscape
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10/14/2021   Post a comment
Jaimie Lenderman discusses the growth of alt-nets, the entrance of new vendors, the evolution of PON and why the industry is poised for 'exponential' growth.
GlobalData's Emir Halilovic: How PON, SD-WAN have changed the enterprise market
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10/14/2021   Post a comment
GlobalData Principal Analyst Emir Halilovic discusses the changes in enterprise PON connectivity that have been unlocked by SD-WAN.
FCC vacancies threaten to derail US broadband plans
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10/14/2021   Post a comment
Without a permanent chair or adequate staff, and at risk of losing its Democratic majority, the FCC will fail to make meaningful progress on crucial broadband programs, a former agency official warns.
Comcast takes another step toward DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G'
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/14/2021   Post a comment
Comcast says it has tested a 'network to modem' connection of DOCSIS 4.0 technology that had its virtual CMTS speaking to a DOCSIS cable modem configured to operate in the Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) band.
Omdia's Dario Talmesio: Funding the fiber frenzy
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10/13/2021   Post a comment
Omdia's Dario Talmesio talks about how fiber infrastructure is attracting more investors these days, and why they see value in something other than retail telecoms services.
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