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Content posted in June 2020
Emergency Broadband Connections Act enters frame as pandemic drags on
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/30/2020   Post a comment
New bill arrives as FCC Chairman's voluntary connectivity pledge with ISPs reaches its expiration date.
Comcast uses AI smarts to boost cable network performance
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator has accelerated the rollout of an AI-powered system called 'Octave' to improve the efficiency of its access network.
BBWN Bites: Nokia named MVP of NBP
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6/26/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Ofcom breaks down UK Internet activity during pandemic; some ISPs extend some of their COVID-19 measures; and the EFF urges US lawmakers to pass a universal fiber plan.
Virgin Media sees a day of downtime, delays and hiccups
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6/25/2020   Post a comment
Two separate service outages in Virgin Media's network left thousands of homes in the UK without TV and Internet services for hours on Thursday.
Cox Business rises to the remote workforce challenge
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/24/2020   Post a comment
Like Comcast and AT&T, Cox's business services unit has tailored its commercial offerings to suit customers that have been forced to support a growing remote workforce during the pandemic.
Female representation in fiber must improve
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6/22/2020   Post a comment
Despite relative gains, STEM fields have much more to do to welcome, encourage and increase female representation and leadership in the fiber industry.
BBWN Bites: Civil rights leaders call out US 'broadband emergency'
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6/19/2020   Post a comment
Also in today's roundup: High-speed projects get rolling in Leicester and Wells; fiber drives telecom investment in France; global broadband market sees significant growth; and cable's upstream is still working overtime in the COVID-19 era.
Cable's upstream still getting a workout during pandemic
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Overall peak usage on US cable networks continues to flatten out and even decline slightly, but sustained higher levels of usage on the upstream path have persisted, according to the latest data from the NCTA.
Cable to blaze a long trail to its DAA future
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable adoption of a distributed access architecture has slowed during the pandemic, but execs believe DAA fits well with the long-term success of the HFC networks.
BBWN Bites: BT eyes bucks from backup bandwidth
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6/12/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Starlink satellites meet minimum standards; CityFibre plans hiring spree for network expansion; FTTH Council Europe sets its priorities; and survey says US broadband is too expensive and slow.
TalkTalk posts solid fiscal year, helped by fiber growth
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6/11/2020   Post a comment
Strong fiber growth and cost savings helped UK broadband provider TalkTalk post robust results for fiscal 2020.
Global broadband access market takes a dive in Q1
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/9/2020   Post a comment
Revenues for the total sector dropped 15% in the pandemic-impacted period, coupled with a 22% decline in cable access 'concentrator' revenues, according to Dell'Oro Group.
BBWN Bites: The Iliad and the Italy
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6/5/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Starry secures a place in the US broadband market; fixed-line subscriptions decrease in South Africa; and FCC commissioner calls out inequities in broadband and media ownership in wake of protests.
Starry secures foothold in US broadband market
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless startup is taking a slow path to success, but Starry's base is growing by 10% per month and is poised to end 2020 with about 100,000 subs, an industry analyst says.
Viasat tees up LEO satellite broadband plan to reach rural US
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
It faces an uphill climb, but Viasat is exploring a plan to build 300 low-earth orbit satellites that could deliver low-latency broadband service and qualify for the US Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.




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