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Content posted in January 2022
For tribes, crucial broadband grants come with hurdles
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1/31/2022   Post a comment
Short application windows, exclusionary legal language and, indeed, a lack of Internet access complicate the process of getting broadband funding where it's needed most.
10G, FARMSIS and the future of cable broadband
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1/28/2022   Post a comment
Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs, joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss where the cable industry is on the path to 10G and how CableLabs is stoking interest and innovation with its 10G Challenge.
FCC moves forward with broadband nutrition labels
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1/27/2022   Post a comment
The agency is mandated by the Biden administration's infrastructure law to adopt regulations for easy-to-understand labels that allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services.
Comcast to boost footprint expansion as broadband growth slows
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1/27/2022   Post a comment
The company's updated playbook will cover edge-outs into adjacent areas and greenfield builds along with the exploration of federal, state and local funding to bring broadband to unserved and underserved areas.
Calix reports continued growth amid supply chain struggles
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1/27/2022   Post a comment
In a letter to investors, CEO Carl Russo warned that supply chain constraints in 2022 will 'challenge our ability to grow as fast as we have the past two years.'
The Divide: How FibreONE is helping bring broadband infrastructure to rural Canada
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1/26/2022   Post a comment
This week, Tim Emoff, vice president of the telecom division at Sales Outsource Solutions, joins to discuss FibreONE: a coalition of telecom companies that have partnered to help deliver fiber infrastructure across rural Canada.
Charter picks El Paso as first RDOF launch market
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1/26/2022   Post a comment
Charter, which is still grappling with pole access issues in some areas, has launched gigabit broadband, mobile, TV and voice services via FTTP to more than 1,230 homes and small businesses in rural El Paso.
Rosenworcel wants to broaden broadband choice in multi-tenant buildings
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1/25/2022   Post a comment
The FCC said the new rules are in response to ISPs engaging in 'a pattern of new practices that inhibit competition' in apartment buildings and other multi-tenant environments.
Despite being 'constantly poor,' Starry shoots for substantial growth
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1/24/2022   Post a comment
The fixed wireless startup shifted all of its manufacturing to the US last year amid global supply chain woes. 'It's turning out to be a good offensive strategy,' said CEO Chet Kanojia.
AT&T lights up multi-gig fiber speeds in dozens of US markets
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1/24/2022   Post a comment
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.
The Divide: How Astranis plans to connect Peru with small satellites
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1/21/2022   Post a comment
John Gedmark, CEO of Astranis, joins the podcast to discuss the company's small satellite technology and its upcoming deployment to deliver 4G broadband to Peru.
Ziply Fiber goes wide with 2-Gig and 5-Gig broadband tiers
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1/20/2022   Post a comment
Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.
Fiber fans focus on broadband bill legal language to push FTTH
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1/19/2022   Post a comment
While the Biden admin's $65 billion broadband bill takes a tech-neutral approach, EFF's Ernesto Falcon said it's the phrase 'easily' scalable that matters most to the fiber industry.
Italy wants to fling €3.7B of taxpayer funds at fiber
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1/19/2022   Post a comment
The government scheme may look wasteful to critics when Italy already looks on track for nationwide fiber coverage.
Starlink's daunting deployment plan 'leaves no margin for error' – analyst
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1/18/2022   Post a comment
Elon Musk's nascent broadband will need to radically accelerate the rate of satellite launches – and navigate tricky supply chain logistics – if it's going to come close to fulfilling its global ambition.
FCC sets final rules for $14.2B Affordable Connectivity Program
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1/18/2022   Post a comment
The new program aims to improve upon the Emergency Broadband Benefit program and serve as a long-term subsidy for eligible US households.
Fiber-fueled smart city project hits the streets in Angers, France
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1/17/2022   Post a comment
The city of Angers, France, has embarked on a 12-year contract with Engie Consortium to develop an 'intelligent territory' with several 'smart' initiatives that extend to street lights, waste, water and energy.
Where Internet shutdowns are contributing to the digital divide
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1/14/2022   Post a comment
Last year saw a 56% increase in global Internet disruptions, according to the Internet Society, with the largest number of shutdowns by far occurring in India.
Comcast tests 4-Gig speeds on DOCSIS 4.0 modem prototype
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1/13/2022   Post a comment
Stepping beyond recent network-side trials, Comcast's latest DOCSIS 4.0 trial featured a prototype modem powered by Broadcom silicon.
The Divide: Shirley Bloomfield on bridging the 'rural-rural' divide
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1/13/2022   Post a comment
This week: Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, on the challenges facing rural providers when it comes to network deployment and upkeep, and how federal funds from the infrastructure law can best be spent to close the digital divide in the most-underserved areas of the country.
T-Mobile and Verizon's fixed wireless aggression doesn't add up – analyst
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1/12/2022   Post a comment
MoffettNathanson questions whether mobile operators will have the network capacity and the right business metrics to back their aggressive stance and forecasts for fixed wireless home broadband.
Alan Davidson confirmed as NTIA chief
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1/11/2022   Post a comment
Davidson's confirmation comes not a moment too soon, with the federal agency he now heads responsible for $48 billion in state broadband grant funding.
Fiber builds projected to accelerate through 2025 – report
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1/11/2022   Post a comment
New report outlines the potential for record fiber growth over the next few years, but the ultimate outcome depends on how federal funds get spent.
Goodbye, Atlantic Broadband. Hello, Breezeline
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1/10/2022   Post a comment
The company did not announce any new broadband initiatives in concert with the branding change. But Breezeline estimates that 97% of its customers already have access to gigabit services.
UTOPIA Fiber adds two more cities to its open access network
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1/7/2022   Post a comment
Cedar Hills and Santa Clara are the latest cities in Utah to join UTOPIA's municipal open access fiber network, despite pushback from incumbents.
Frontier adds record 45K fiber subs in Q4
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1/6/2022   Post a comment
In the midst of an aggressive FTTP buildout plan, Frontier's fiber subscriber customer additions in the period were a 50% improvement over the prior record of 29,000 net adds in Q3 2021.
New York introduces $1B 'ConnectALL' broadband plan
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1/6/2022   Post a comment
The multi-part plan includes efforts already underway, as well as new grant programs designed to support and expedite rural broadband access.
Biden's FCC, NTIA nominees stuck in the Senate
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1/5/2022   Post a comment
Leaving the NTIA leaderless could delay progress on implementing billions in broadband funding at the state level.
Cable One and partners team up to form fiber-fueled JV
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1/4/2022   Post a comment
A new firm involving Cable One, GTCR, Stephens Capital Partners and The Pritzker Organization aims to accelerate the growth of a unit comprising Cable One's Clearwave and Hargray fiber businesses.
Viasat tells FCC Starlink is 'at odds' with RDOF framework
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1/3/2022   Post a comment
In response, SpaceX filed a letter calling Viasat's complaint a 'sideshow' and said it is working with the commission to demonstrate it 'will meet all of its RDOF obligations.'




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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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