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Comcast to go national with broadband cap
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/23/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator is bringing its usage-based residential broadband data policies and unlimited data option to the northeast, where it grapples with Verizon's cap-free Fios service in certain markets.
BBWN Bites: Q3 saw most broadband gains since 2009 – report
Broadband World News  
11/20/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Viasat bets on European broadband; Nokia intros 25G PON; signs of broadband boost under President-elect Biden.
Want fast Internet and affordable living? Study says move to Delaware
Broadband World News  
11/18/2020   1 comment
Internet speeds in New York lag 25% behind Delaware, Virginia and Massachusetts, according to new speed-and-housing data from financial comparison site Money.co.uk.
Podcast: What's the story with satellite broadband?
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11/17/2020   Post a comment
This week: Jeff Baumgartner on the state of satellite broadband and what differentiates existing competitors.
Subs on 1-Gig speed tiers spike in Q3 – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/16/2020   Post a comment
Power users – those who chew up at least 1 terabyte per month – are also on the rise.
BBWN Bites: Microsoft, ODI intro digital divide challenge
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11/13/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: TIM reaches 3,000 with ultrabroadband; CityFibre and Openreach make fiber progress; AT&T teams with Connected Nation to connect students.
NCTC, Adtran strike FTTP deal for indie cable ops and telcos
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/12/2020   Post a comment
Partnership gives Adtran additional exposure to small and midsized cable operators and telcos as they tap FTTP for network upgrades, greenfield buildouts and, potentially, RDOF-related projects.
Community broadband gets a boost on the ballot
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11/10/2020   Post a comment
Voters in two major US cities were in favor of municipal broadband programs, opening the door to more local competition for ISPs.
Shaw unleashes 1.5 Gig on HFC
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/9/2020   Post a comment
Canadian cable op says new 'Fibre+ Gig 1.5' tier is geared for content creators and 'super streamers' that are also looking to connect a bunch of devices in the home.
Viasat: Lower-latencies nice, but not 'decisive' driver for satellite broadband
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/6/2020   Post a comment
Viasat execs see no surprises in Starlink's small-scale beta test and believe the satellite broadband company is well positioned to compete on speed, capacity and price.
Starlink speeds blow by Hughes and Viasat – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/4/2020   Post a comment
As Starlink inches towards commercial launch, recent speed tests from Ookla show that the emerging satellite broadband service is averaging 79.5 Mbit/s down and 13.8 Mbit/s up.
Shaw suffers broadband sub loss again
Alan Breznick  
11/2/2020   Post a comment
Unlike most other large North American service providers, Shaw shed high-speed data subs for the second straight quarter as it struggled to compete with Telus and other rivals.




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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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Thursday, August 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

The digital divide in North America is leaving millions without adequate broadband. Incumbents operate in “islands” of connectivity, serving densely populated areas and, at a national scale, perpetuating the digital divide in the gaps in between their service footprints. Regional ISPs have a clear role in closing that gap.

These regional ISPs operate in a highly fragmented landscape, including smaller wireless and FTTH incumbents, satellite ISPs, electric co-ops, tribal communities, and municipalities in public/private partnerships. These regional ISPs face the same cyber threats and operational challenges as their Tier 1 counterparts, but with far fewer resources and revenue-generating population density. As a result, many regional ISPs have developed highly innovated business models for access and core technology, partnerships, financing and services.

The discussion will cover:

  • Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
  • Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
  • How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
  • Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management

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