News & Views
Content posted in March 2017
SpaceX Launch Blasts Into 'Space Internet'
Alison Diana  
3/31/2017   20 comments
With Thursday's successful launch of a reused Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX begins the long journey to a galactic Internet that will deliver ultra-broadband to users millions of miles away.
India Gets 1Gbps Broadband
Alison Diana  
3/30/2017   13 comments
ACT Fibernet uses fiber optic and FTTH to deliver 1Gbps service to Hyderbad, with 10 other cities set to follow this year.
Orange's Bellego: Bullish on Spanish Broadband
Alison Diana  
3/29/2017   8 comments
During the next three years, Orange Spain will invest more than $3 billion in the European nation's infrastructure. Company Director Yves Bellego discusses where and how that money is spent in this UBB2020 interview.
Meet the Broadband Forum Fockers
Alison Diana  
3/29/2017   11 comments
The Broadband Forum's Circle of Excellence was a lot more welcoming to innovative members than Robert DeNiro's 'circle of trust' in Meet the Parents.
Broadband Privacy Rules Set to Change Today
Alison Diana  
3/28/2017   25 comments
The House is expected to repeal the FCC's 2016 broadband privacy rules today, a move widely criticized by consumer advocates and hailed by service providers.
Get 'Dig Once' Out of Its Rut
Alison Diana  
3/27/2017   20 comments
Bandied around for more than a decade, a federal 'Dig Once' law places conduits in all new and repaired roads, sidewalks and other construction, cutting the cost of fiber installation by up to 90%.
TIM Shrouds Italy in Ultra-Broadband
Alison Diana  
3/24/2017   19 comments
As part of its ambitious plan to provide ultra-broadband to 99% of Italy's population, TIM is transforming Turin into a 5G city.
CenturyLink VP: CORD Benefits Exceed Expectations
Alison Diana  
3/23/2017   21 comments
Adam Dunstan, vice president of SDN/NFV engineering at CenturyLink, discusses the fixed-line operator's new ability to deliver broadband DSL over a CORD network and its goal of virtualizing its access network and central offices.
Households Disconnected From Connected Homes
Alison Diana  
3/22/2017   56 comments
Despite efficiencies and cost-savings offered by connected thermostats, alarms and other systems, only 10% of households have plugged in to connected homes, Gartner finds.
CSPs Use Virtualization to Improve Customer Satisfaction
Alison Diana  
3/21/2017   26 comments
As they transform their networks, service providers discover the beneficial impact virtualization has on customer experience, said Oracle executives such as CEO Mark Hurd during the company's annual Connect event in Orlando.
Six Slices of Pai: FCC Chair Details Broadband Vision
Alison Diana  
3/20/2017   20 comments
In his first formal speech as FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai shares his vision of the agency and its role in bringing broadband to all Americans.
Cable Cos Dominate New UBB Subs
Alison Diana  
3/17/2017   14 comments
As a group, top cable companies in the US saw broadband subscriptions rise 122% in 2016 vs. 2015.
Forum Works to Give Small Cells an Even More Powerful Punch
Alison Diana  
3/16/2017   10 comments
Small Cell Forum CEO David Orloff of AT&T discusses the organization's recent open source, partnering and standardization initiatives, and the opportunities small cells deliver to enterprises and service providers.
Next Generation Network Insights: Why Sri Lanka Telecom is Building Networks for the Future
Broadband World News  
3/16/2017   1 comment
Rajiv Weragama from Sri Lanka Telecom talks about the operator's next generation network deployments.
Colt Exec: Over-Provision Broadband Today for Customer Satisfaction, Growth
Alison Diana  
3/15/2017   11 comments
Peter Coppens, director of network portfolio at Colt, discusses the service provider's broadband over-provisioning, on-demand and international strategies.
ADTRAN Hits 10M DSL Vectoring Milestone
Alison Diana  
3/14/2017   11 comments
ADTRAN says it has passed the 10-million mark in shipments of its DSL and VDSL vectoring solutions, designed to accelerate operators' existing infrastructure's bandwidth speeds.
Broadband Speed, Adoption Up for Most , Not All
Alison Diana  
3/13/2017   18 comments
Although the average worldwide broadband speed is now 7 Mbit/s and adoption is growing, some regions saw usage drop over the last quarter, finds Akamai's State of the Internet report.
FTE Adds Construction to Its Fiber Diet
Alison Diana  
3/10/2017   17 comments
FTE Networks acquired construction management services firm Benchmark Builders in order to provide service provider and cable operator customers with one source for fiber, networks and new buildings.
European Cable Operators' Broadband Investments Pay Off: Report
Alison Diana  
3/9/2017   39 comments
Even as they roll out DOCSIS 3.1 trials, European cable companies see early broadband deployments reap new customers and revenue.
Liberty Global Bases Growth on Speed, Content
Alison Diana  
3/8/2017   15 comments
Speaking at the Deutsche Bank 2017 Media & Telecom Conference, SVP Rick Westerman outlines MSO's differentiators in several European countries.
How to Use G.fast to Create a Gigabit Society
Alison Diana  
3/7/2017   9 comments
Upcoming webinar will discuss G.fast, including the opportunities and challenges associated with its deployment.
Broadband Forum Creates Advisory Council
Alison Diana  
3/6/2017   6 comments
New council will focus on software, open source and how the industry can connect through the Forum's 20/20 initiative.
Multiple Choices Answer Broadband Question: AT&T's Fuetsch
Alison Diana  
3/6/2017   12 comments
AT&T leverages an array of technologies and standards to deliver ultra-broadband to customers ranging from households to multiple dwelling units to enterprises and government, says Andre Fuetsch, AT&T Labs president.
ADTRAN: CORD, SD-Access Transform Operator Networks
Alison Diana  
3/3/2017   5 comments
Open, programmable and scalable access network and Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter bring next-generation capabilities today, says ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub.
Mobile Broadband Connections to Dominate Globe – GSMA
Broadband World News  
3/2/2017   8 comments
GSMA's Mobile Economy 2017 report forecasts the global economic impact of the growth of mobile technologies, services and subscribers.
Hong Kong Blazes an Ultra-Broadband Trail
Elliot Richards  
3/1/2017   11 comments
Gary McLaren, CTO and co-owner of Hong Kong Broadband Network, talks to us about why Hong Kong is more forward-thinking than other cities and what others can learn if they want to lead a smarter future.




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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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