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Content posted in June 2019
Bill Targets Rural Broadband With $5B in Matching Grants
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/28/2019   14 comments
Two US Senators introduce the American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019, targeting 'unserved' areas and aimed at protecting against overbuilds in areas where sufficient broadband already exists.
BBWN Bites: Virgin Media Trials Microwave Backhaul
Broadband World News  
6/27/2019   17 comments
Also in this roundup: Calix chosen for Oklahoma rollout; German altnet hits fiber milestone; Broadcom under the EC spotlight; the road to DOCSIS 4.0; and a 5G/FTTH home gateway.
All Fiber: Build It & They Might Come
Iain Morris  
6/26/2019   17 comments
There is no point in building an all-fiber network if it remains empty, says BT. And yet much of it still is.
Orange Adopts Controversial Approach to 10G PON
Ray Le Maistre  
6/25/2019   11 comments
Driven by economics, the French giant is planning to follow the Chinese model of 'combo cards' for the deployment of 10G PON.
DOCSIS Is Go for '4.0'
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/24/2019   15 comments
New specs will repack recent additions of DOCSIS 3.1 and tack on new capabilities, including support of services up to 1.8GHz.
BBWN Bites: Low-Latency DOCSIS With Just a Software Upgrade
Broadband World News  
6/21/2019   18 comments
CableLabs added the capability earlier this year and MSO Cox is already testing a low-latency, higher price tier for online gamers.
Cable Access Network Shift Underway
Broadband World News  
6/19/2019   6 comments
Harmonic's software focus and new strategy seem to be getting Wall Street's attention.
BBWN Bites: Starry Spreads FWA Sunshine to Rural Broadband
Broadband World News  
6/19/2019   23 comments
Having won big in the FCC spectrum auction, Starry expects to use fixed wireless access to deliver high-speed broadband to another 25 million potential US customers, including those in low-populated areas.
BBWN Bites: Altice Founder Bids, Buys Sotheby's Auction House
Broadband World News  
6/18/2019   40 comments
French entrepreneur Patrick Drahi shells out $3.7 billion for high-end auction house, a price tag that means he plans to sell up to $400 million worth of Altice USA.
Artificial Intelligence: Expanding Beyond Networks
Broadband World News  
6/18/2019   8 comments
An investment in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence must enhance quality of service, speed and performance, Craig Fenton, Google UK Director, tells Broadband World Forum in a video interview.
Better Broadband Gets Better Scores for USDA Funding
Alison Diana  
6/17/2019   15 comments
The US Department of Agriculture gives high points to those operators providing symmetric, high-speed infrastructure when considering loan and grant applicants.
BBWN Bites: Verizon Shoots, Scores With NBA Fiber Network Deal
Broadband World News  
6/17/2019   8 comments
Verizon will deploy a high-speed video network that connects 29 National Basketball Association arenas.
BBWN Bites: PON, 5G to Propel Corning
Broadband World News  
6/14/2019   5 comments
Corning predicts sales growth of up to 8% between 2020 and 2023, thanks to 5G buildouts and smartphone growth.
BBWN Bites: CenturyLink Says 'Hola' to Miami, LatAm
Broadband World News  
6/13/2019   24 comments
New Miami facility will include network gateway and data center, slated to serve Florida and Latin American enterprises.
Broadband Access Added Up to $2.9B Market in Q1 – Dell'Oro
Broadband World News  
6/12/2019   5 comments
In total, sales of equipment including XG-PON, XGS-PON, NG-PON2 OLT ports, D3.1, CPE and CCAP dropped 2%, but not all these categories declined.
BBWN Bites: $3 Billion Pours Into US Broadband – Report
Broadband World News  
6/11/2019   3 comments
Operators invested $3 billion in broadband in 2018, a result of light touch regulation, USTelecom declared in a preliminary report.
Three Preps 5G FWA Launch in London
Ray Le Maistre  
6/10/2019   8 comments
UK mobile operator will use its 5G spectrum to launch a fixed wireless access (FWA) service in London in August and plans to have that offer, plus mobile 5G services, in 25 UK cities by the end of this year.
FCC Lets Loose Another Wave of Rural Broadband Funding
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/10/2019   10 comments
Authorization of $166.8 million over next decade earmarked for 60,850 unserved rural homes and businesses across 22 states.
BBWN Bites: Comcast 'Pet Finity' Lens Discloses Secret Life of Furry Friends
Broadband World News  
6/6/2019   11 comments
Operator simplifies pet-owners' ability to see pets from afar – because calling them (and getting a responsible answer) is very difficult.
NG-PON2 Tunable Optics Prices Too High for Nokia
Alison Diana  
6/5/2019   7 comments
Tunable optics components add up to about $1,000, says Nokia's Stefaan Vanhastel, too high an admission cost for the $26-plus billion corporation in a market estimated at $204 million in 2022.
BBWN Bites: High-Speed Broadband May Help Cut Unemployment – Report
Broadband World News  
6/5/2019   17 comments
Also in today's roundup: Telecom Italia sheds assets and Telefónica fights fires with drones in Spain.
BBWN Bites: Apple's Smart Move Into Smart Homes
Broadband World News  
6/4/2019   38 comments
Also in the news today: Telstra has more layoffs, Frontier's western division to stay unchanged through year-end and BT's new logo to debut.
BBWN Bites: Senator Schumer Tells FCC to Check NY's 'Horrible Internet'
Broadband World News  
6/3/2019   4 comments
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) finds Microsoft's estimate of almost 163 million Americans without high-speed broadband more credible than the FCC's figures.
CenturyLink Enterprise: Shining a Light on Network Opportunities
Alison Diana  
6/3/2019   11 comments
As enterprises adopt public networking, their adoption of dark fiber for high-security uses grows, said Ed Morche, president of enterprise and government markets at CenturyLink.




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