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Content posted in June 2022
AT&T partners with Amarillo to upgrade city's network
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6/30/2022   Post a comment
Following similar public/private fiber upgrade projects in rural areas, AT&T is targeting more than 22,000 customer locations via a three-year, multi-million agreement with the Texas panhandle city.
Here are seven questions dogging the FCC's broadband 'nutrition labels'
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6/29/2022   Post a comment
The FCC wants broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. But creating broadband labels isn't straightforward.
New York broadband map reveals disparities
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6/28/2022   Post a comment
A broadband map commissioned by New York shows 97.4% of the state is considered 'served,' but it also exposes regional gaps and economic disparities.
Biden's net neutrality strategy looks doomed
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6/27/2022   Post a comment
It's been around 250 days since President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn as the fifth FCC commissioner. Now, it looks increasingly likely that she will never be approved into the agency.
'Robust' broadband choice squashes need for regulation, says trade group
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6/23/2022   Post a comment
Study from ACA Connects argues that the case for new regulations has 'vanished' amid 'robust' broadband growth and competition.
The Divide: Ready's Scott Woods on what NTIA got right and wrong with BEAD
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6/23/2022   Post a comment
Scott Woods, VP of community engagement at Ready, and a former NTIA official, joins the podcast to discuss the federal government's broadband grants and how Ready is helping ISPs prepare for funding opportunities.
LTD bails on RDOF buildout in California
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6/22/2022   Post a comment
LTD was the big winner in the FCC's RDOF program. But 18 months later, the company still has not received any money through the effort. Now, it is exiting the California market.
Broadband administration jobs abound across US
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6/22/2022   Post a comment
Federal, state and local offices are hiring for a range of positions to manage billions of dollars in broadband grants.
Utility operators see a future in fiber broadband
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6/21/2022   Post a comment
Panelists from utility providers joined the Fiber Broadband Association to discuss benefits of deploying fiber and where they see their role in closing the digital divide.
ConnectMaine's Peggy Schaffer on the challenges with federal funding
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6/20/2022   Post a comment
Peggy Schaffer, executive director of ConnectMaine, discusses the work her team has done to tackle Maine's digital divide, and the pressure ramping up on state offices as they prepare to apply for billions in federal broadband grants.
WISPs freak over guidelines that may exclude FWA in unlicensed spectrum
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6/20/2022   Post a comment
'Unlicensed spectrum remains a critical tool for closing the digital divide. Removing it from the proverbial toolkit will mean fewer providers at the table,' argued wireless Internet provider Nextlink.
Craighead Electric's Jeremiah Sloan on lighting up Arkansas with fiber
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6/17/2022   Post a comment
Jeremiah Sloan, CEO, Craighead Electric, discusses the co-op's work in rural Arkansas and a new partnership with electric co-ops across the state to deliver a wholesale fiber network.
Omdia's Julie Kunstler on how fiber is challenging the cable industry
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6/17/2022   Post a comment
Julie Kunstler, senior principal analyst at Omdia, discusses new broadband deployment strategies and the challenges facing the cable industry as fiber competition ramps up in the US.
FBA's Deborah Kish on the economic, social and safety benefits of building fiber
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6/16/2022   Post a comment
Deborah Kish, VP of research and workforce development at the Fiber Broadband Association, discusses the organization's research on how fiber deployments are improving communities and shares updates about OpTIC: the FBA's new fiber optic technician training program.
CostQuest counts 23-25M homes, businesses unserved or underserved by broadband
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6/15/2022   Post a comment
James Stegeman, CEO of CostQuest, discusses his company's work with the FCC on a forthcoming federal broadband map that will determine how billions in broadband grant funding gets divided amongst US states and territories.
EPB's Katie Espeseth on delivering the 'world's fastest Internet' in Chattanooga
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6/15/2022   Post a comment
Katie Espeseth, vice president at EPB, discusses progress the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has made with fiber delivery, how it's paved the way for economic growth and more.
Virginia's broadband director on using BEAD funding to close the digital divide
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the office of broadband for the state of Virginia, discusses how the state has ramped up broadband infrastructure investments over the years, its work on broadband mapping and how forthcoming BEAD funding can help the state expand its efforts to close the digital divide.
Netly Fiber gets terabit ready in California
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
Netly Fiber, an open access network founded in 2017, announced the completion of a two-year fiber build of its terabit-ready network in Solana Beach, California.
DZS CEO talks M&A, fiber funding and the need for 1-Gig broadband
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
DZS CEO Charlie Vogt talks about the influx of federal broadband funding and how his company is cutting costs for service providers by giving them more visibility into their customer networks.
Four forces driving 1-Gig as 'new global standard' – report
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6/13/2022   Post a comment
Consumer demand, operator technology upgrades, marketing and high levels of investment are all contributing to 1-Gig growth globally, says analyst firm Omdia.
NTIA chief defends broadband rules in Senate hearing
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6/10/2022   Post a comment
Broadband rules also drew criticism from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) which called NTIA's fiber focus 'contrary to Congress' tech-neutral design' of the infrastructure law.
Reliability paramount in home broadband, former Comcast CTO says
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6/9/2022   Post a comment
Multi-gigabit speeds to the home is on trend, but 'massive reliability' across every link in the local area network is critical, says Plume board appointee Tony Werner.
The Divide: Why Dryden, New York, chose municipal fiber
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6/9/2022   Post a comment
Jason Leifer, Dryden Town Supervisor; Ryan Garrison, director of technology at HUNT Engineers, Architects & Surveyors; and Gina Nienaber, director of portfolio marketing at Ciena, join the podcast to discuss Dryden Fiber: a new municipal fiber network being deployed in Tompkins County, New York.
Arkansas electric co-ops band together for bandwidth
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6/8/2022   Post a comment
Diamond State Networks, a collective of 13 electric cooperatives, hopes to become 'one of the biggest bandwidth aggregators in the country,' says Doug Maglothin, DSN's director of operations.
Hughes tries to bridge the digital divide in Mexico
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6/7/2022   Post a comment
Hughes Network Systems is teaming with a handful of partners to bring satellite broadband connectivity to more than 7,200 sites in rural, underserved parts of Mexico.
Cox to invest $400M in network to reach underserved areas
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6/6/2022   Post a comment
Network expansion has become the name of the game in an industry that's been grappling with a slowing pace of broadband subscriber growth.
GAO: US needs a national broadband strategy
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6/3/2022   Post a comment
A new study counts over 100 broadband programs administered by 15 agencies and calls the federal approach to closing the digital divide 'fragmented and overlapping.'
How broadband funds can help students and the US workforce
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6/2/2022   Post a comment
During an event hosted by SIIA, broadband and policy experts discussed how funds and programs in the infrastructure law can close the digital divide for students and workers. Watch the panel here, moderated by Broadband World News site editor Nicole Ferraro.
ViaSat-3 satellite service launch slips to early 2023
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6/1/2022   Post a comment
A delay on the first of three new high-capacity satellites poised to provide global coverage will briefly push out Viasat's plan to add critical capacity to its residential satellite broadband service.




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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.
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.
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