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Content posted in March 2018
Fiber Is Key to Becoming 5G Ready
Fiber Broadband Association 3/28/2018 Post a comment
In the debut monthly column from Fiber Broadband Association executives and members, President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold shares the tangible value fiber plays to cities as they prepare for 5G.
To 400G & Beyond
Adrian Pennington 3/28/2018 1 comment
The 400G era has arrived, allowing network operators to squeeze yet more bits from their network assets.
Operators Unlock Millennials' Smart Homes
Alison Diana 3/28/2018 46 comments
Millennials are, unsurprisingly, enthusiastic about smart home technologies, but devices' interoperability could derail IoT popularity unless service providers send the right marketing message.
Shaw SVP: Imitate Competitors to Win
Alison Diana 3/27/2018 21 comments
At Cable Next-Gen, Shaw Communications' SVP of Product Development & Strategic Programs Dennis Stevens discussed how cable operators must become more agile to compete in an IP-based, OTT world.
Q&A: Broadband Law Group Partner Talks FCC, M&As & ROI
Alison Diana 3/26/2018 2 comments
At the Broadband Law Group, former NTIA attorney Cynthia Schultz spearheads federal regulatory compliance, broadband, appeals and audits, as well as grants management and public-private partnerships, plus FCC and Rural Utilities Services federal technology programs.
How Home-Tech Waiting Game Costs Providers
Alison Diana 3/23/2018 9 comments
Debut J.D. Power study on subscribers' perceptions of installation and post-installation service for residential wireline services demonstrates clear reasons why providers' customer experience, full-home WiFi and scheduling investments are critical for success.
For Cablecos, IoT Is the Place to Be
Alison Diana 3/22/2018 38 comments
The Internet of Things provides cable operators with a treasure trove of opportunities across an array of vertical and horizontal markets, Cable Next-Gen panelists such as Dale Turner of Shaw Communications (left) and Doug Blue of Calix (right) agreed.
Gigabit Speeds: The Lamborghini of Broadband
Alison Diana 3/21/2018 7 comments
Between 10% and 20% of new Mediacom subscribers choose the operator's gigabit service, despite any clear-cut use cases. And that's okay with consumers, says Mediacom CTO and SVP JR Walden during a Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies panel in Denver.
Britain Drops £95M Into Fiber Deficit
Alison Diana 3/14/2018 6 comments
The UK government unveiled the first 13 recipients of half the £190 million allotted for fiber-to-the-premise projects designed to deliver gigabit speeds around the country.
CenturyLink CEO Switch Moves Up 7 Months
Broadband World News 3/12/2018 9 comments
Originally scheduled to retire at the end of 2018, CEO Glen Post now says he'll step down on the day of the company's annual shareholder meeting in May to make room for Jeff Storey to take over the large service provider's reins.
Gfast Munches Up DSL Sales
Alison Diana 3/9/2018 2 comments
Even though Gfast Amendment 3 solutions are not widely available, the promise of symmetric gigabit Gfast is tempting service providers away from DSL and into Gfast testing and trials, a recent Dell'Oro Group report finds.
Can Feds Finally Get 'Dig Once' Done?
Alison Diana 3/8/2018 7 comments
The US is expected to finally approve a Dig Once policy that would incorporate fiber conduits in federally funded highway construction projects, simplifying and accelerating broadband deployment across the country.
AT&T's Donovan: Tax Cut Funds Fiber Feast
Alison Diana 3/2/2018 8 comments
AT&T will spend a large chunk of its tax-cut windfall on fiber that'll go toward serving 3 million homes this year and the service provider's 5G infrastructure, CEO John Donovan told Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference attendees this week.
IPTV Benefits From Broadband Investments
Alison Diana 3/1/2018 12 comments
Over the last 18 months, white-box IPTV vendor MobiTV sees uptick in sales and interest from cablecos, municipalities and utilities, as operators compete head-on with OTT providers and look to enhance customer experience.
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.
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