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Content posted in May 2020
BBWN Bites: Wireless providers reject House broadband bill with a loud WISPA
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5/29/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: GSMA shares impact of broadband surges on power usage; AT&T intros WFH service plan; Texas group taps Adtran for fiber build in 14 rural counties; and analysts say FTTH still trails cable in market share.
US cable still 'punching above its weight' against FTTH competition – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/28/2020   Post a comment
Cable ops continued to gain ground against broadband rivals in Q1 2020 amid the early stages of the pandemic and a recent surge in new household formation.
Kids drove up broadband demand in April – report
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5/27/2020   Post a comment
New research from The Diffusion Group (TDG) shows that US broadband appetite increased in April relative to the number of children at home.
BBWN Bites: FCC knocks Elon Musk back down to Earth
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5/22/2020   Post a comment
Also in today's roundup: Openreach taps non-Chinese equipment vendors to build out its network; the Swiss to get a $3.1B helping of fiber through a new JV; and SiFi Networks secures more capital from Smart City Infrastructure Fund to pursue FiberCity builds in the US.
Comcast confirms commitment to Full Duplex DOCSIS
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/21/2020   Post a comment
The pandemic has caused the operator to redeploy some of its network engineering resources, but Comcast says it remains bullish on its FDX initiative.
Openreach's fiber plans a business boon for vendors, but not Huawei
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5/21/2020   Post a comment
Restrictions on Huawei have led Openreach to tap non-Chinese vendors Nokia and Adtran for its ambitious fiber expansion, with a stated goal of 20 million UK homes passed by mid-to-late 2020s.
'NextGen TV' poised to become a new broadband pipe
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/20/2020   Post a comment
FCC's Brendan Carr is proposing to remove regulatory overhangs that will help establish ATSC 3.0 as a 'Broadcast Internet' platform that can beam out 25 Mbit/s data streams.
How broadband networks could make room for 8K video
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/19/2020   Post a comment
Video engineers are already noodling on tools and encoding techniques that can lessen the strain on networks when pixel-packed 8K video comes on the scene in a much bigger way.
Podcast: US ramps up efforts to keep tech out of Huawei's hands
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5/19/2020   Post a comment
The US government has moved to block Huawei's access, not only to US technology but to any technology made with US expertise. Light Reading's Iain Morris and Phil Harvey discuss this latest move and wonder at what point does the Chinese government retaliate against other, unrelated companies and industries as a way of challenging the Trump administration.
Sunrise and Salt partner to expand fiber to 1.5M Swiss homes
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5/19/2020   Post a comment
The Swiss operators will build a $3.1B fiber-to-the-home network covering up to 1.5M households over the next five to seven years.
BBWN Bites: AT&T suggests stronger appetite for fiber
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5/15/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: New subsea cable network will span Africa, the Middle East and Europe; Adtran, Openreach partner to expand full fiber across UK; Ofcom shares its glimpse into pandemic-level broadband activity; and US ISPs turn to Congress to pay the broadband bills.
C Spire's rural broadband initiative casts its eyes on the skies
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/14/2020   Post a comment
Telesat has joined C Spire's initiative as it prepares to launch a network of hundreds of low Earth orbit satellites designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency broadband service.
LR plans new digital Cable Next-Gen Europe event
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5/13/2020   Post a comment
Rather than produce a live conference in London next month, Light Reading will now stage a free, digital event over two afternoons in mid-June because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cable One gets a fix on wireless
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/12/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator says it has invested in two wireless ISPs to help it beam broadband service beyond the reach of its wired networks.
BBWN Bites: UK could go Cuckoo for faster Internet
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5/8/2020   Post a comment
Also in today's roundup: OpenVault reports COVID-19 Internet usage numbers; US House Democrats propose $86 billion broadband bill; ExteNet, Nokia help Cal.net reach rural Californians; and Google bails on Toronto smart city project.
Liberty Global sees upstream traffic surge over 50%
Alan Breznick  
5/7/2020   Post a comment
Europe's largest cable operator reports that both upstream and downstream traffic have jumped since the COVID-19 pandemic hit its markets, with the upstream traffic surging 50% and the downstream up over 20%.
The 'Agile Titan' – an Advanced Supplier Model to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Networks
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5/7/2020   Post a comment
The need to stay ahead of the technology curve is integral to developing networks that can meet or exceed the bandwidth demand of consumers.
WCTEL ramps up remote assistance to keep homes fiber-fed
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5/7/2020   Post a comment
As COVID-19 creates a rising demand for reliable broadband, rural service providers like WCTEL are increasingly reliant on remote network access and insights.
Liberty Latin America sees steady broadband gains
Alan Breznick  
5/6/2020   Post a comment
While it hasn't enjoyed the same surge in broadband subs as its North American cable counterparts, the big Latin American MSO still saw healthy sub increase in first quarter.
Comcast, Charter and Altice USA enjoy virus-fueled broadband bonanza
Alan Breznick  
5/5/2020   Post a comment
With tens of millions of people now sheltering at home throughout the nation, the three biggest publicly traded US MSOs all reported substantially higher broadband subscriber gains in the first quarter.
Broadband usage surged 47% in Q1 to 402.5 GB per user – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/4/2020   Post a comment
Data collected from ISPs during the pandemic also shows an exponential rise in power users that consume at least 1 terabyte per month.
BBWN Bites: Broadband outages reach record highs
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5/1/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Nextgenaccess and Bluebird complete fiber builds; Comcast forecasts a Q2 COVID-19 hit; state lawmakers plea for broadband bucks in US; and New Zealand commits millions to rural broadband.




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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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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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  • Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management

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