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Content posted in February 2022
Starlink services go live in Ukraine but could bring additional risk
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2/28/2022   Post a comment
Elon Musk confirmed deployment of SpaceX's Starlink satellite Internet service in Ukraine this weekend – but security experts warn the uplink transmissions may increase the risk of airstrikes.
FCC starts process to stop digital redlining
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2/25/2022   Post a comment
According to a draft notice of inquiry, the federal agency will soon invite public comments on how to write its rules in order to eliminate and regulate digital discrimination.
Frontier keeps supply-chain constraints in check as fiber build broadens
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2/24/2022   Post a comment
CEO Nick Jeffery says Frontier has 'good supply resilience' as the company reiterates a plan to expand its FTTP footprint by 1 million locations in 2022, and to cover about 10 million locations by 2025.
FCC sets September 1 deadline for broadband data collection
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2/23/2022   Post a comment
In a public notice on Tuesday, the federal agency set data collection dates for its long-anticipated broadband map.
What Black communities need from federal broadband programs
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2/22/2022   Post a comment
Government leaders from across the US joined an event hosted by the FCC to discuss how funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law can be used to close the digital divide in Black communities.
Virgin Media O2's big fiber upgrade plan 'has checked out,' Liberty Global CEO says
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2/21/2022   Post a comment
Following the completion of a 50,000-home FTTP trial, 'we remain confident about the technology, our suppliers and the estimated cost of the project,' said Liberty Global Chief Mike Fries.
'Harder than it looks.' Utopia Fiber model grows beyond Utah
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2/18/2022   Post a comment
The open access muni network may be unloved by incumbents, but its 2021 growth numbers show continued momentum in Utah and beyond.
Smartphones top Comcast's Wi-Fi consumption list
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2/17/2022   Post a comment
Study suggests Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service could offload a significant amount of traffic on Wi-Fi and sidestep MVNO fees paid to Verizon.
The Divide: STL's Ankit Agarwal on what's prolonging the digital divide globally
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2/16/2022   Post a comment
Ankit Agarwal, managing director at STL (aka, Sterlite Technologies Limited), joins the podcast to discuss STL's perspective on the digital divide based on its work delivering network solutions in over 100 countries, including what the ongoing connectivity challenges are worldwide and where government plans are making a difference.
Here's what's changed for ISPs under new FCC rules for apartments
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2/15/2022   Post a comment
The new rules ban revenue-sharing agreements for ISPs and multi-tenant environments, require disclosure of exclusive marketing arrangements and close loopholes with indoor cable wiring regulations.
T-Mobile's fixed wireless service reach holds edge over Verizon – study
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2/15/2022   Post a comment
Cable and fiber broadband hold clear performance advantages, but fixed wireless is expected to make up 45% of broadband adds in 2022, and up to 55% thereafter, ISI Evercore predicts.
10M US households signed up for monthly broadband subsidy
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2/14/2022   Post a comment
The FCC has signed up roughly 1 million households since the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) launched in January. That's in addition to the 9 million households enrolled in the program's predecessor, the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) which ended on December 31, 2021.
Costs, COVID and crummy infrastructure slowing Ireland's fiber rollout
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2/11/2022   Post a comment
A €3 billion plan to deliver fiber broadband across Ireland has been met with delays, but officials with National Broadband Ireland (NBI) say it's still on track to meet its 2026 target.
Verizon lights up perk-fueled 2-Gig Fios tier in New York
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2/10/2022   Post a comment
Verizon is putting cable rivals on notice with the launch of a symmetrical 2-Gig service that starts at $119.99 per month and is being paired with a free year of Disney+ and AMC+ along with several other perks.
Cable Next-Gen event goes online again
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2/10/2022   Post a comment
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.
Fiber advocates, WISPs take their case for broadband funds to the NTIA
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2/9/2022   Post a comment
In comments on the NTIA's $42.45 billion BEAD grant program, fiber and fixed wireless industry advocates pitched their interpretation of how best to use the funding to reach the infrastructure law's goals.
SpaceX steps into Tonga Internet breach
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2/8/2022   Post a comment
Engineers at work on building a temporary Starlink ground station on Fiji to act as an Internet gateway for Tonga.
The Divide: Where fiber broadband deployment is (and isn't) progressing worldwide
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2/7/2022   Post a comment
Michael Philpott, research director at Omdia, joins the podcast to discuss Omdia's 2021 Global Fiber Development Index, including where fiber is being deployed the fastest and why speed inequalities are growing as countries work toward closing their connectivity divides.
Cable edge-outs, fresh fiber builds pose bigger threat than FWA, Viasat says
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2/4/2022   Post a comment
Meanwhile, the launch of the first satellite in the company's globally focused ViaSat-3 constellation has slipped to late summer 2022 because of supply chain issues.
Adtran sees record Q4 bookings but growth slowed by supply chain
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2/3/2022   Post a comment
Execs say they expect to see 'minor incremental improvement' over the next few quarters.
Starlink trots out faster 'Premium' tier fetching $500 per month
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2/2/2022   Post a comment
With business users among its new targets, Starlink's Premium satellite broadband tier touts speeds up to 500 Mbit/s, but customers will need to front $2,500 for the router and a new, higher-capacity antenna.
Senators probe Raimondo on broadband maps she doesn't oversee
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2/2/2022   Post a comment
At a hearing on Tuesday, senators pressed Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on the department's prep work to distribute tens of billions of dollars in broadband grants, and when the FCC will finish the national broadband map needed to get the process started.
Montana's broadband map will be 'vastly different' from FCC's
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2/1/2022   Post a comment
Montana has tapped LightBox for its broadband map, to be published 'very soon,' according to Chad Rupe, the state's broadband program manager.




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Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.
Elon Musk's nascent broadband will need to radically accelerate the rate of satellite launches – and navigate tricky supply chain logistics – if it's going to come close to fulfilling its global ambition.
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