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Content posted in December 2021
What we learned about the digital divide this year
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12/30/2021   Post a comment
Key takeaways on industry infighting, muni networks, maps and more from 42 episodes of The Divide podcast.
The year in DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/29/2021   Post a comment
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.
Gigabit subscriptions set for 'big increase' next year – Omdia
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12/28/2021   Post a comment
Led by China, analysts expect global gigabit subscriptions to reach 50 million in 2022, up from 24 million at the end of 2020.
NYC housing developments get people-powered broadband
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12/27/2021   Post a comment
Through the de Blasio administration's Internet Master Plan, local firms BlocPower and People's Choice Communications (PCC) are delivering low-cost broadband by and for the people of New York.
Rural broadband report talks up fiber, funding and supply constraints
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12/23/2021   Post a comment
Here are five of the most interesting things from the NTCA's recent survey and report on broadband availability in rural America.
From the digital divide to 6G, top regulatory trends to watch in 2022 – Omdia
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12/22/2021   Post a comment
The analyst firm points to trends it says will be 'at the heart of regulatory activity' next year, including spectrum licensing, the digital divide and – yes – 6G.
The Divide: Craig Settles on broadband funding and the need for accountability
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12/21/2021   Post a comment
Broadband and telehealth consultant Craig Settles joins the podcast to discuss the details of the $65 billion broadband bill and why getting the rules around implementation right is crucial.
LightBox aims at states with new broadband location fabric
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12/20/2021   Post a comment
The company says its enhanced nationwide location fabric provides more accurate broadband location data for states seeking to create their own maps. 'Every state is a potential customer,' said CEO Eric Frank.
Verizon's mmWave 5G deployment continues to polarize
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12/17/2021   Post a comment
Verizon's mmWave 5G network, part of its home broadband strategy, is either meeting its 'intended purpose' or faces 'low success' in achieving significant profitability, depending on which study you read.
The 'full fiber' vs. 'tech neutral' debate heats up in US
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12/16/2021   Post a comment
Industry groups and policy advocates alike are sharpening their arguments for which technologies should be involved in closing the US digital divide.
Here's what the industry wants from the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program
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12/15/2021   Post a comment
In public FCC filings, industry groups and ISPs provided input for how the new affordability subsidy, funded through the infrastructure bill, should be implemented and structured.
Research from Pew examines state broadband grant programs
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12/14/2021   Post a comment
New studies from Pew Charitable Trusts look at how states have been funding broadband through their own grant programs, and how prepared they are to spend billions more in federal funds.
Liberty Global's helloFiber gets going in Germany
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12/13/2021   Post a comment
Touting a wide range of broadband products delivering up to 1-Gig, along with phone, mobile and TV add-ons, Liberty Networks Germany is initially targeting more than 7,000 homes and businesses in Brandenburg.
The Divide: FBA's Gary Bolton on taking fiber advocacy to the states
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12/10/2021   Post a comment
This week: Gary Bolton, president of the Fiber Broadband Association, returns to the podcast to discuss how the fiber industry's advocacy efforts are changing as the US implements its $65 billion broadband bill. We also discuss FBA's forthcoming fiber optic technician training program.
New research explores flaws with FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit program
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12/9/2021   Post a comment
BroadbandNow finds that the vast majority of eligible households have not signed up for the $50 broadband subsidy.
ECC Technologies hits the streets to map New York's broadband
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12/8/2021   Post a comment
The project, mandated through the state's Comprehensive Broadband Connectivity Act, will result in a detailed Internet access map to be published in May 2022.
Altice USA chief sets sights on renewed growth
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12/8/2021   Post a comment
Speaking virtually at the UBS Global TMT Virtual Conference on Tuesday, Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei said the large MSO's revamped growth strategy should start paying dividends sometime in the new year.
Jessica Rosenworcel confirmed for another FCC term
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12/7/2021   Post a comment
Rosenworcel's official designation as chair (a position she's held in an acting capacity) makes her the first woman to helm the federal agency.
Virgin Media O2 completes gigabit upgrade
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12/7/2021   Post a comment
The gigabit upgrade comes courtesy of DOCSIS 3.1, but VMO2 also has plans to build out full fiber by 2028.
Consumer groups, states join in support of New York's $15 broadband mandate
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12/3/2021   Post a comment
A district court prevented the Affordable Broadband Act (ABA) from taking effect pending litigation brought by ISPs. Now states and advocacy groups are siding with New York on its appeal.
Frontier quietly looks to expand CBRS fixed wireless biz
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12/2/2021   Post a comment
'In some cases, we use fixed wireless technology to deliver broadband to a small portion of our customer base in rural communities,' the company acknowledged in response to questions.
Senators press Sohn, Davidson on how they'll implement broadband bill
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12/1/2021   Post a comment
With few legislative days left on the calendar, the US Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for President Biden's nominees for NTIA head, Alan Davidson, and FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn.
The Divide: Digging into Pennsylvania's broadband map
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12/1/2021   Post a comment
This week: Penn State Extension's Harry Crissy and Tom Beresnyak discuss how and why they created a broadband map for the state of Pennsylvania and how it's being used to address the digital divide.




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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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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.

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  • Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management

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