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Content posted in March 2022
New York lawmakers call for 'fiber tax' repeal
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3/31/2022   Post a comment
While the governor's ConnectALL broadband plan calls for state-funded projects to be exempted from the fiber fee, lawmakers are urging a full repeal.
Starry CEO: Get ready for personalized broadband
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3/30/2022   Post a comment
Speeds and feeds are heading the hype in US broadband's multi-gig era, but Starry CEO Chet Kanojia believes a focus on 'consistent' latency and speeds more tailored to how specific customers use the Internet will help the company differentiate.
The Divide: Clearfield's Cheri Beranek on explosive fiber demand and building heterogenous networks
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3/30/2022   Post a comment
This week: Cheri Beranek, CEO of Clearfield, on the state of the fiber industry and the supply chain's impact on broadband deployments, why she supports heterogeneous networks, the company's efforts in workforce training and more.
Rural broadband gets $600M in proposed Biden budget
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3/29/2022   Post a comment
The budget proposal also includes $25 million for rural co-ops to refinance Rural Utilities Services loan debt and upgrade their networks.
Starry nears its NYSE debut
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3/28/2022   Post a comment
Fixed wireless specialist will begin trading under the 'STRY' ticker on Tuesday following SPAC deal with FirstMark Horizon. Amid an ambitious expansion plan, Starry ended 2021 with 63,230 subscribers.
FCC's third application window for Emergency Connectivity Fund comes as study shows why libraries need broadband
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3/28/2022   Post a comment
Latest ECF funding round and application window comes shortly after the publication of a new study from the American Library Association (ALA) demonstrating the crucial role libraries play in delivering broadband.
ACA Connects urges FCC to avoid 'extraneous requirements' for new broadband labels
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3/25/2022   Post a comment
Group that represents small and midsized broadband service providers suggests its constituents will need a year or more to comply with the new rules due to the operational complexities involved.
WeLink expands leadership team, plots growth
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3/25/2022   Post a comment
John Paul Farmer is one of a handful of new executives at fixed wireless startup WeLink, which hopes to expand its services to more cities using government funding.
Construction starts on open access fiber network in Montana
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3/24/2022   Post a comment
Yellowstone Fiber has started laying conduit to install underground fiber to connect Gallatin County and the city of Bozeman, Montana. The open access network is a partnership with Utah's Utopia Fiber.
Starlink surpasses 250K residential and business subscribers
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3/24/2022   Post a comment
Meanwhile, Starlink, which has supplied 'thousands' of satellite broadband kits to Ukraine, is raising prices on hardware due to surging inflation.
NBN's fixed wireless access, satellite networks get $555M boost
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3/23/2022   Post a comment
The Australian federal government says it will tip a further A$480 million into the national broadband project, with NBN Co. adding another A$270 million.
House Dems outline 5 broadband priorities for NTIA
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3/23/2022   Post a comment
In a letter this week, US House Democrats urged NTIA Chief Alan Davidson to focus new broadband grant programs on affordability, digital inclusion, high-capacity networks, competition and community engagement.
Cox investment prompts Rhode Island reps to push for broadband council
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3/22/2022   Post a comment
Rhode Island lawmakers called a multi-million-dollar Cox investment 'an effort to catch up on years of neglect' and renewed their push for a dedicated advisory council to plan out the state's broadband future.
Global broadband prices rose during pandemic – study
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3/21/2022   Post a comment
A new policy brief shows fixed broadband prices rose to 3.5% of gross national income (GNI) per capita in 2021, up from 2.9% in 2020. Mobile broadband prices increased to 2% of GNI in 2021, up from 1.9% in 2020.
FBI, CISA warn of 'possible threats' to satellite networks
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3/18/2022   Post a comment
Due to 'the current geopolitical situation,' the advisory instructs satellite network operators to immediately strengthen their defenses and 'significantly lower their threshold for reporting and sharing indications of malicious cyber activity.'
With $67M in state grants, Ritter will bring fiber to underserved Arkansans
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3/17/2022   Post a comment
The local phone company founded in 1906 first started building fiber in 2010 and today is delivering high-speed broadband to regions of the mid-South left behind by incumbents.
The Divide: How Philadelphia is pursuing digital equity
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3/16/2022   Post a comment
This week: Juliet Fink Yates, digital inclusion manager for the city of Philadelphia, joins the show to discuss Philly's new Digital Equity Plan.
Industry weighs in on FCC broadband nutrition labels
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3/15/2022   Post a comment
With the public comment period on the FCC's broadband nutrition label rules wrapped up, here are some takeaways from the industry's input on how they may be written.
'Not even in the conversation' – Louisiana sees fiber as economic necessity
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3/14/2022   Post a comment
With $21 million in federal funding, LUS Fiber will bring high-speed broadband to several rural Louisiana towns where officials say fiber infrastructure is key to retaining the region's culture and population.
Orange, UN Women support digital inclusion in West Africa
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3/11/2022   Post a comment
Orange and UN Women have come together to support digital inclusion and economic empowerment for rural women in Liberia and Mali.
Google Fiber gets down to business with 2-Gig broadband
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3/11/2022   Post a comment
New offering, priced at $250 per month, matches the cost of Google Fiber's original 1-Gig service for businesses, which has been lowered to $100 per month.
The Divide: Sacred Wind's John Badal on bringing broadband to Navajo Nation
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3/10/2022   Post a comment
This week: John Badal, founder and CEO of Sacred Wind Communications, on how his company is closing the digital divide on Navajo lands in rural New Mexico.
New playbook guides states on getting grants and funding fiber
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3/9/2022   Post a comment
The playbook offers states a guide to navigating broadband funding opportunities in the Biden administration's infrastructure bill – and stresses the need to spend funds on future-proof technology.
Telstra, OneWeb cue LEOsat partnership for Australia and Pacific
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3/8/2022   Post a comment
The companies say they are exploring new solutions for connectivity in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
Viasat outage due to targeted cyberattack in 'connection to the Ukraine conflict' – report
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3/7/2022   Post a comment
Plus, Internet outages in and around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant are raising alarm about the inability to monitor and publish radiation levels.
FWA nabbed 38% of broadband share in Q4 as possible 'fiber bubble' forms
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3/7/2022   Post a comment
Recent fixed wireless subscriber growth from T-Mobile and Verizon has grabbed the broadband spotlight, but MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett wonders if an influx of fiber projects will end up paying off.
After 'unfortunate delay,' CostQuest will make US broadband map
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3/4/2022   Post a comment
The GAO denied a protest brought by LightBox, permitting the FCC to move forward with CostQuest as the US broadband map maker. But LightBox's CEO said a 'key element' of its protest wasn't considered and the company may pursue further legal paths.
Comcast says network traffic still rising, but shifting to pre-pandemic patterns
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3/3/2022   Post a comment
Cable op says 2021 peak downstream traffic rose 11% and upstream traffic increased 5% from 2020 levels, while peak traffic has returned to later parts in the day as students headed back to school and some workers returned to offices.
Internet connectivity in Ukraine: Here's the latest
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3/2/2022   Post a comment
Regional service blackouts and uncertainty for the path ahead are cause for concern about how long telecommunications services will stay active.
The Divide: What Starry has learned about connecting low-income communities
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3/2/2022   Post a comment
This week: Virginia Lam Abrams, co-founder and SVP of government affairs and strategic advancement at Starry, returns to the podcast to discuss updates on the fixed wireless provider's Starry Connect program for affordable and public housing developments, and how federal subsidies are helping some Starry customers get broadband at no cost.
Average data consumption eclipses half a terabyte per month – OpenVault
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3/1/2022   Post a comment
Latest data usage milestone enters the frame as broadband service operators continue to unleash and expand the reach of multi-gigabit speed tiers.




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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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