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Content posted in October 2022
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10/25/2022   Post a comment
The Broadband World News website will remain active and its archive accessible, but our team's broadband policy and tech coverage is now found at Light Reading Broadband.
AT&T's fiber sub base surpasses its 'non-fiber' base
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10/21/2022   Post a comment
AT&T added 338,000 fiber subs in Q3 for a total of 6.93 million, nudging it past its 6.86 million 'non-fiber' subs. Meanwhile, CEO John Stankey is mum on a reported fiber JV in the works, but says he's 'open to new ideas.'
Starry halts FWA buildout, lays off 500 employees
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10/20/2022   Post a comment
Fixed wireless access (FWA) provider Starry said it will lay off 500 employees in order to 'curtail our cash burn while we pursue strategic options,' according to CEO Chet Kanojia.
The Divide: How Presidio collaborates with the public sector on connectivity
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10/20/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Cyndi Barrera, sales vice president of SLED West at Presidio. We discuss a project Presidio worked on with Fort Worth, Texas, to bring Wi-Fi to all residents and other ways the company is working with municipalities to deliver connectivity.
Comcast ad campaign takes aim at T-Mobile FWA
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10/19/2022   Post a comment
Starting with a 'Vampires' ad and a dedicated web site, Comcast is poking holes in the performance and capabilities of T-Mobile's 5G home broadband service. 'T-Mobile is 10-30x slower,' Comcast proclaims.
Comcast boosting downstream speeds across all markets
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10/18/2022   Post a comment
Comcast is unleashing a wave of downstream speed increases ahead of a plan to make faster upload speeds available to customers on its 'xFi Complete' package.
FiberLight CEO's vision extends beyond core connectivity
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10/18/2022   Post a comment
Chris Rabii, a former exec with Cablevision Lightpath and Altice Business, explains how FiberLight aims to blend core connectivity more tightly with services and how the middle-mile could be its path into rural broadband funding projects.
US DoD 'in communication' with SpaceX about funding Starlink in Ukraine
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10/17/2022   Post a comment
Regarding SpaceX's requests that the US fund Starlink in Ukraine, a DoD official said they've 'identified the need for a SATCOM capability' and are exploring 'all options.'
Price is main driver of broadband provider choice – report
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10/14/2022   Post a comment
New JD Power survey demonstrates importance of cost and reliability and reveals above average customer satisfaction scores for Verizon and AT&T, but below average scores for Cox, Frontier and Spectrum.
Google Fiber to launch 5-Gig and 8-Gig speed tiers in early 2023
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10/14/2022   Post a comment
Google Fiber will test its new, symmetrical multi-gig tiers in a set of markets next month. Its new 5-Gig will sell for $125 per month, and the 8-Gig option will go for $150 per month.
The Divide: Where and why local voices are missing from FCC broadband policymaking
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10/13/2022   Post a comment
This week: Next Century Cities' Ryan Johnston joins the show to discuss his new report on the need for local insights in federal broadband policies and how the FCC's proceedings make it hard for those voices to be heard.
Starry to default on all RDOF bids – FCC
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10/13/2022   Post a comment
In a public notice Wednesday, the FCC said that fixed wireless startup Starry had 'planned to default on all its winning bids.'
Analysts peg DOCSIS 4.0 network upgrade costs at $180 per home passed
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10/12/2022   Post a comment
DOCSIS 4.0 is poised to be 'fully competitive with fiber,' and the dynamics related to D4.0 upgrades are 'more favorable than we expected, in some cases dramatically so,' Credit Suisse claims in a report.
SpaceX to FCC: Starlink 'not required to show' it meets RDOF speed needs yet
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10/11/2022   Post a comment
Viasat urged the FCC to deny Starlink's effort to appeal the commission's rejection of its RDOF awards, noting a 'steep decline' in performance. But Starlink says it will meet speed needs later.
Pivotal Commware CEO Brian Deutsch: Speeding up FWA
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10/10/2022   Post a comment
Pivotal Commware CEO Brian Deutsch discusses the company's new as-a-service offering, Pivotal Turnkey Services, which aims to speed up deployments of fixed wireless access (FWA) networks that use mmWave technology.
The Buildout: AT&T live in rural Indiana, Treasury awards $435M for broadband
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10/7/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: AT&T live in rural Indiana; Treasury awards $435 million to three states; FastBridge, Metronet, Magellan break ground; Alabama co-ops get millions for middle mile; more GREAT grants for Spectrum.
Verizon extends free FWA services to qualifying households
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10/7/2022   Post a comment
Following a similar Fios program, the new 'Verizon Forward' initiative brings free 5G Home and LTE-based Internet services to households that qualify for the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program.
Louisiana rejects Sparklight protest of Conexon's broadband grant
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10/6/2022   Post a comment
'Sparklight has not satisfied its burden of proof to establish that it provides reliable service to the applied-for areas,' said Veneeth Iyengar, executive director of Louisiana's broadband office.
The Divide: LiveOak's Steve Smith on getting fiber-ready in Florida and Georgia
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10/6/2022   Post a comment
This week: LiveOak Fiber's Steve Smith joins the show to discuss the company's plans to build out fiber to 80,000 homes and businesses on the Emerald Coast of Florida and the Golden Isles of Georgia.
NTIA receives $5.5B in grant requests for $1B middle mile fund
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10/5/2022   Post a comment
NTIA said it received over 235 applications worth $5.5 billion for the $1 billion middle mile fund and will issue grants 'no earlier' than March 2023.
FWA advocates 'greatly disappointed' in Newsom veto on broadband bill
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10/5/2022   Post a comment
California's governor vetoed a bill that would have helped wireless providers get broadband grants. But WISPA is seeking clarification on funding rules for FWA.
Mississippi's ACE Power to offer fiber technician training program
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10/4/2022   Post a comment
ACE Power will offer the Fiber Broadband Association's OpTIC Path course later this year to train new and existing employees for a fiber expansion project.
US-made products for middle mile builds 'not available' – NTIA
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10/3/2022   Post a comment
NTIA proposed a limited waiver on 'Build America, Buy America' rules for middle mile broadband grants. Comments on the proposal are due October 3.




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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.
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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