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Gigabit market on pace for continued growth in 2021 – report
Broadband World News  
12/23/2020   1 comment
A new report from Omdia projects growth for the global gigabit market next year but warns providers to prioritize reliable service over ultra-high speeds.
Broadband gets $7B in new COVID-19 relief bill
Broadband World News  
12/21/2020   1 comment
The funding includes a $3.2 billion emergency broadband benefit for anyone laid off or furloughed during the pandemic.
BBWN Bites: OneWeb constellation grows to 110
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12/18/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Ofcom reports on UK fiber growth; Virgin Media says November was busiest month for data; Openreach creates jobs to 'build back better.'
US ISPs add 1.32M subs in Q3 2020
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable once again led growth in the quarter, but a top industry analyst expects the rate of broadband sub growth to slow in 2021.
CommScope launches cable network upstream booster
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12/14/2020   Post a comment
New transmitter and receiver support 'high-split' upgrades that raise the HFC network's upstream capacity to 204MHz, setting a path for cable operators to deliver symmetrical 1-Gig on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.
Mediacom sues West Des Moines over Google Fiber deal
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/11/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator alleges that the city council improperly used taxpayer-backed bonds to build a multi-million conduit network for the exclusive use of Google Fiber.
BBWN Bites: Zen Internet warns gamers may ruin your holiday
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12/11/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: West Virginia braces for disappointment; Openreach rolls on in Scotland; Welsh commission pushes mobile broadband.
Verizon and CFU lead as Frontier and AT&T lag the field in online gaming
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/10/2020   2 comments
New PCMag study shows which ISPs – both big and small – are tops in latency and jitter performance.
RDOF round one: Winners and losers
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/8/2020   Post a comment
Auction results were 'quite bad' for incumbent telcos as Charter and SpaceX cleaned up, analyst says.
Comcast extends COVID-19 commitments through June 2021
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/7/2020   Post a comment
Cable op will continue to provide 60 days of free access to new Internet Essentials customers, along with free access to 1.5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots through mid-2021.
BBWN Bites: FTTH Council Europe cheers fiber growth
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12/4/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: CityFibre adds four more ISPs to its network; Openreach weans Salisbury off copper; West Virginia gets 'first-of-its-kind' broadband map.
Chattanooga, San Jose join Global Smart Cities Alliance
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12/3/2020   Post a comment
Chattanooga, Tennessee, and San Jose, California, join the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, a global effort of three dozen cities piloting the adoption of new tech.
Cable access market bounces back in Q3
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12/2/2020   Post a comment
Pickup in the cable access network segment helped to drive total broadband access equipment spending to $3.1 billion in the period, according to Dell'Oro Group.
NYC's Verizon settlement furthers the 'Master Plan'
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12/1/2020   Post a comment
A settlement requiring Verizon to connect 500,000 homes will help New York City further universal broadband goals outlined early this year in an 'Internet Master Plan.'




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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.
Webinars
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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