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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
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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
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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'
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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.
Adtran's Ronan Kelly: PON's potential paves way for progress
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10/13/2021   Post a comment
Ronan Kelly, Adtran's CTO for its EMEA & APAC regions, discusses the future of GPON as so many other PON variants are battling for the hearts, minds and wallets of network operators around the world.
Digital gender gap has cost low-income countries $1T in GDP – report
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10/12/2021   Post a comment
Barriers preventing women from accessing the Internet have cost low- and lower-middle income countries $1 trillion in GDP in the last ten years, according to new research from the World Wide Web Foundation and the Alliance for Affordable Internet.
Comcast touts progress on DOCSIS 4.0
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10/12/2021   Post a comment
With a near-term focus on integration, Comcast engineering exec Rob Howald says the operator's virtual CMTS now 'speaks' DOCSIS 4.0 as the company pushes ahead with deployments of a distributed access architecture.
TIM launches satellite service for underserved parts of Italy
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10/11/2021   Post a comment
New service is based on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite, but solving the digital divide remains a challenge.
FCC releases another $163M for RDOF as 'clean up' continues
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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 Divide: What Viasat's Evan Dixon wants DC to know about satellite broadband
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10/7/2021   Post a comment
This week: Evan Dixon, president of global fixed broadband at Viasat, discusses the company's role in tackling the digital divide in the US and abroad, and he pushes back on arguments from the fiber industry that satellite isn't 'future proof.'
Facebook touts advancements in connectivity
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10/7/2021   Post a comment
Facebook Connectivity provided updates on a set of projects, including the deployment of subsea cables, its 'Bombyx' fiber-building robot and Terragraph, a fixed wireless system that uses unlicensed millimeter wave spectrum.
38% of Black residents in rural south have no home broadband – report
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10/7/2021   Post a comment
New Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report offers key recommendations for policymakers to expand broadband in Black communities across the rural south.
Expensive 4G devices are keeping Africans offline
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10/6/2021   Post a comment
The cost of 4G smartphones is still a major factor keeping Africa's 2G usage high, according to a new report from Vodacom, Vodafone and Safaricom.
Frontier, Ziply Fiber secure more funds for fiber buildouts
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10/4/2021   Post a comment
Frontier announced plans to offer $1 billion in notes to back its ambitious fiber build just days after Ziply Fiber raised $350 million in debt funding to do pretty much the same.
The Divide: How broadband impacts public health
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10/1/2021   Post a comment
This week, digital health equity consultant and President of Public Health Innovators Dr. Amy Sheon joins the podcast to discuss the impact of the digital divide, digital redlining on public health and how health policy and broadband policy need to intersect.




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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.
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.
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.
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.
With early lab trials, a first wave of interoperability testing and collaborations between key suppliers, DOCSIS 4.0 made significant progress in 2021, even as deployments remain well out on the horizon.
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