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Content posted in November 2021
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
Jeff Baumgartner  
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
Jeff Baumgartner  
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.




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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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