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Content posted in May 2022
The Divide: WeLink's John Paul Farmer on bringing affordable broadband to cities
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5/27/2022   Post a comment
John Paul Farmer, chief innovation officer at WeLink Cities, and former CTO of New York City, joins the podcast to discuss the fixed wireless technology WeLink is using to deploy broadband and the company's new $100 million Cities Challenge.
Avanti Communications, Free in Senegal sign landmark satellite deal
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5/26/2022   Post a comment
New gateway will extend satellite coverage to Senegal as well as its West African neighbors of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia and Liberia.
FWA is not a short-term play, Verizon CFO says
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5/25/2022   Post a comment
Verizon has a path to adding spectrum to fixed wireless services as the connectivity and capacity needs of residential and business customers expand and evolve, Verizon's Matt Ellis says.
Alan Davidson: Broadband is 'this generation's infrastructure project'
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5/24/2022   Post a comment
NTIA's Alan Davidson shed more light on the recently released rules for $45 billion in broadband grants, addressing potential burdens on small providers, waivers for 'Buy American' rules and more.
Frontier accelerates 2022 fiber buildout by up to 20%
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5/23/2022   Post a comment
Revised plan is to exceed its 2022 buildout target of 1 million fiber locations by an additional 100,000 to 200,000 locations. Frontier is still on track to deploy FTTP to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.
The Divide: How rural electric co-ops like Tri-Co are closing deep broadband gaps
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5/20/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Elizabeth Page, national sales director at Ribbon Communications, and Aaron Young, chief operating officer at Tri-Co Connections, a fiber broadband provider in rural Pennsylvania powered by Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative.
Altice USA ramps up for 5-Gig service
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5/19/2022   Post a comment
Under its new Optimum Fiber brand, the third-biggest cable operator in the US plans to launch symmetrical 5-Gig and 2-Gig services over fiber in the New York metro area, starting in early June.
Clearfield aims to boost fiber supply with Nestor Cables acquisition
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5/18/2022   Post a comment
Company execs said the $23 million acquisition fits into its strategy to invest in product manufacturing and supply.
Ting Internet to take on Comcast and Verizon in Alexandria
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5/17/2022   Post a comment
After securing a franchise earlier this year, Ting says construction will start this summer on the fiber network, which will eventually connect more than 90,000 homes in the area.
Consumer advocates push for ISP nutrition label to appear on monthly bills
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5/16/2022   Post a comment
Groups including Consumer Reports and Next Century Cities are calling on the FCC to add the forthcoming broadband nutrition label to customers' monthly bills for ease of access.
US government kicks off $45B in broadband funding
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5/13/2022   Post a comment
The NTIA opened its notices of funding opportunity for states and territories to apply for funding through three broadband programs worth $45 billion.
Starry posts customer growth, but waffles on some 2022 targets
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5/13/2022   Post a comment
Starry gained 8,000 fixed wireless customers during the first quarter of 2022. But the company backtracked on its EBITDA hopes for full-year 2022, as well as its plans to launch multiple new markets during the rest of 2022.
The Divide: Closing the broadband adoption gap in Charlotte, North Carolina
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5/12/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Rachel Mukai Stark, smart cities program manager for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Bruce Clark, executive director for the Center for Digital Equity at Queen's University of Charlotte. We discuss the challenge of broadband adoption in Charlotte, the city's roadmap to closing the digital divide, the importance of digital training and more.
Where does cable go from here?
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5/11/2022   Post a comment
Bulls and bears are sizing up cable's future. Analysts say the 'cable broadband growth era is over' – others see opportunities with wireless the 'next leg of growth.'
World Bank pledges $200M for Ghana's digital transformation
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5/11/2022   Post a comment
The Ghana Digital Acceleration Project gets a green light after a massive cash injection from the World Bank, which will help expand broadband access in the West African country.
WOW doubles greenfield fiber buildout commitment
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5/10/2022   Post a comment
Service developed with Reach Mobile will launch in one of WOW's southern markets in May. Meanwhile, WOW's greenfield fiber network plan has been expanded to 400,000 homes passed.
White House touts ISP commitments to increase affordable access
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5/9/2022   Post a comment
But consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that some of the broadband providers on that list are the same ones 'sabotaging President Biden's FCC.'
Net broadband subscriber adds the 'new normal' at Frontier, CEO says
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5/9/2022   Post a comment
Frontier added a record 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1 2022, more than enough to more than offset copper losses. Frontier posted a net gain of 20,000 total broadband subs for the period.
Adtran execs cheer for fiber, federal funds and 'effectively unlimited orders'
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5/6/2022   Post a comment
Adtran Q1 results were propelled by a 61% annual growth in its fiber access platforms and 'generationally significant' government investments in broadband, executives said on an earnings call.
ISPs drop fight against California's net neutrality law, will shift focus to DC
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5/5/2022   Post a comment
'Today is a historic win for Californians and the open Internet,' wrote Professor Barbara van Schewick, a supporter of the state's net neutrality guidelines.
The Divide: How UniCity's public Wi-Fi partnerships help connect communities
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5/5/2022   Post a comment
This episode features John Putnam, director of UniCity – the smart city division at Cincinnati Bell, now known as Altafiber. We discuss UniCity's 3,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots and how the division engages partners on providing connectivity, digital training services and more.
FCC unleashes $200M for RDOF as new bill would regulate how Commission vets ISPs
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5/4/2022   Post a comment
The Rural Broadband Protection Act would 'require a more thorough vetting and verification process for internet service providers seeking to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) high-cost programs.'
Altice USA CEO credits fiber buildout for its 'better competitive position'
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5/3/2022   Post a comment
Dexter Goei expects Altice USA to grow broadband subs in the second half of 2022 amid an aggressive FTTP rollout and plans to launch multi-gig services. But some analysts see FWA as an emerging rural threat.
Global network operators plot paths to next-gen broadband
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5/2/2022   Post a comment
Right now many telcos are still grappling with the early stages of 10G PON, also known as XGS PON, which can deliver multi-gigabit services.




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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.
Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.
Elon Musk's nascent broadband will need to radically accelerate the rate of satellite launches – and navigate tricky supply chain logistics – if it's going to come close to fulfilling its global ambition.
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