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Content posted in April 2022
Charter starts to book RDOF revenues
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4/29/2022   Post a comment
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.
Gigi Sohn 'rural' opposition may be an excuse to thwart Title II
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4/29/2022   Post a comment
Potential ties between ISPs and a new campaign to squash Gigi Sohn's nomination for FCC Commissioner suggest a lobbying effort to derail Title II regulations, says Blair Levin, who served as chief of staff to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt.
Calix services help customers become 'recession-proof,' says CEO
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4/28/2022   Post a comment
'And if our customers are recession-proof, then actually, we're recession-proof,' said Calix CEO Carl Russo on an earnings call with investors.
The Divide: How Yellowstone Fiber plans to boost broadband choice in Bozeman
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4/27/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Greg Metzger, CEO, Yellowstone Fiber, and Kim McKinley, CMO, Utopia Fiber, discussing their open access fiber partnership in Bozeman, Montana, and where the open access model works best in the US.
Cox nears launch of 2-Gig broadband
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4/26/2022   Post a comment
The cable operator has yet to announce pricing on the new multi-gigabit speed tier, but said it will make the product available in certain neighborhoods across its footprint later this month.
Former Dem senator launches campaign to squash Gigi Sohn's FCC confirmation
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4/25/2022   Post a comment
One Country Project, led by former Senator Heidi Heitkamp – a Democrat – is launching a campaign claiming that Sohn 'is the wrong choice for the FCC and rural America.'
Verizon's big fixed wireless gains mask slowing wireline broadband growth
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4/25/2022   Post a comment
Verizon added 194,000 FWA subs in Q1, handily beating analyst estimates. But wireline broadband growth is slowing. With DSL losses included, Verizon added 37,000 wireline broadband subs in Q1, down from a year-ago gain of 66,000.
Fiber gains offset legacy broadband pains at AT&T
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4/22/2022   Post a comment
The telco nabbed another 289,000 fiber subs in the first quarter of 2022, enough to wipe out a loss of 284,000 non-fiber broadband customers.
Shentel seeks to drop some RDOF commitments in Virginia
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4/22/2022   Post a comment
In a filing that highlights ongoing challenges with RDOF, Shentel asks to be relieved of commitments for eight census block groups where Virginia has awarded state funding. The state supports the petition.
Comcast touts blistering speeds, low latencies with 'hollowcore' fiber
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4/21/2022   Post a comment
Envisioning a foundation for 10G, Comcast says a 40km deployment of hollowcore fiber pumped out speeds of 10 Gbit/s to 400 Gbit/s on a single fiber.
The Divide: Render's Sam Pratt on using digital tools to close the digital divide
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4/21/2022   Post a comment
Sam Pratt, CEO of Render Networks, a provider of geospatial network construction technology, joins the podcast to discuss his company's milestone of connecting over 1 million premises to fiber and what he's learned about the digital divide in the process.
In expanding FWA, Inland Cellular remains unafraid to try new things
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4/20/2022   Post a comment
Inland Cellular rose to prominence with one of the only open RAN deployments in the US. Now the company is moving forward with a test of Meta's Terragraph technology in the 60GHz band.
Senators to Rosenworcel: Communities need clarity on RDOF
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4/19/2022   Post a comment
Senators requested updates on the FCC's efforts to default ineligible bids, how they're collaborating on broadband funding across agencies and how rejected funds will be redistributed.
Verizon, T-Mobile score bragging rights for fixed, mobile data speeds
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4/19/2022   Post a comment
Ookla's Speedtest report for Q1 2022 found that Verizon delivered the fastest and most consistent fixed broadband speeds, while T-Mobile took the top spot for mobile.
Tarana CEO Basil Alwan: Making WTF moments in FWA
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4/18/2022   Post a comment
Tarana Wireless CEO Basil Alwan shares how his company, now worth more than $1 billion, has moved beyond small cell backhaul to helping service providers provide real broadband, all over the globe.
Comcast pitches smart solutions for clever cities
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4/15/2022   Post a comment
Service providers won't stop believing in smart cities. The latest, Comcast, is keen to explain how its new business unit will monitor streetlights, people.
Consumer panel raises idea of 'consistency score' for broadband labels
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4/14/2022   Post a comment
A recent hearing on the FCC's broadband nutrition labels showed that consumers may need more context around speed and uptime in order to make informed purchasing decisions.
The Divide: ACA's Matt Polka discusses unserved Americans' need for BEAD
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4/13/2022   Post a comment
This week: Matt Polka, CEO of ACA Connects, on closing the digital divide in rural and suburban markets, and how the NTIA should write the final rules for its $42.45 billion BEAD grant program.
California taps Utopia Fiber as partner on open access network
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4/13/2022   Post a comment
Utopia Fiber's partnership with California's Golden State Connect Authority comes following the state's passage of a $6 billion broadband bill with $3.25 billion for an open access, middle mile fiber network.
FWA market to grow by 2.3M customers in 2022 – analysts
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4/12/2022   Post a comment
Broadly, the Cowen analysts predict Verizon, T-Mobile, Starry and other FWA providers will collectively add almost 2.3 million new customers during the course of 2022.
Industry groups to NTIA: Learn from RDOF and fund 'competent' providers
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4/11/2022   Post a comment
The Fiber Broadband Association and NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association encouraged NTIA to prioritize BEAD funding for fiber builds and proven providers that are 'competent' and 'financially sound.'
Google Fiber targets the rest of Des Moines
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4/8/2022   Post a comment
Expansion of 1-Gig and 2-Gig fiber services will once again amp up competition with Mediacom as the incumbent cable operator embarks on its own '10G' initiative.
The Divide: State Rep. Deb Ruggiero on fighting for broadband in Rhode Island
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4/7/2022   Post a comment
Rhode Island State Rep. Deb Ruggiero joins the podcast to discuss the state's broadband needs and why she is trying to pass a bill to establish a broadband advisory council.
French court says non to Starlink
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4/7/2022   Post a comment
Conseil d'État revokes Arcep's 2021 decision to grant frequencies to Elon Musk's Starlink.
Billionaire space race heats up with Amazon satellite launch deals
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4/6/2022   Post a comment
Amazon progressed in its effort to join the satellite broadband club with news that it has inked deals with three rocket companies for up to 83 Project Kuiper launches over five years.
Rosenworcel promises broadband map this fall
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4/5/2022   Post a comment
The FCC Chairwoman also confirmed the agency would start a challenge process following the map release to give localities, tribes, carriers and consumers the opportunity to tell the agency what it got wrong.
Starlink helps Vodafone Ukraine reconnect battle-scarred towns
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4/5/2022   Post a comment
Using Elon Musk's satellite constellation as a transport network, the operator said it restored 2G/4G services in Irpin and Romanivka.
How Dublin is working with telcos to power smart city services
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4/4/2022   Post a comment
Jamie Cudden, smart city program manager for the Dublin City Council, discusses how Dublin is applying new and emerging connectivity technologies to deliver better city services and community outcomes.
'Huge opportunity' – Shentel, TDS talk fiber builds, federal funds
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4/1/2022   Post a comment
On a panel this week, execs from the telecommunications companies discussed their network deployment and upgrade plans, which involve federal funding and a firm focus on fiber.




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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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