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Content posted in July 2020
BBWN Bites: Amazon approved for 'Project Kuiper'
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7/31/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Zayo doubles Tennessee fiber; Eutelsat eats up Bigblu's satellite activities; and Ofcom calls out UK operators.
Verizon sees Fios slowdown because of COVID-19
Alan Breznick  
7/29/2020   Post a comment
Big US telco picks up fewer Fios broadband subscribers and sheds more Fios video customers in Q2 because of the spread of the coronavirus.
Openreach building to 3.2M premises in UK 'final third'
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7/29/2020   Post a comment
Over 3 million hard-to-reach premises in the UK will benefit from FTTP, according to new plans from Openreach.
MaxLinear nears finish line on Intel buy
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/28/2020   Post a comment
Anticipating a strong Q3 driven by cable data 'tailwinds,' the chipmaker also expects to wrap up its acquisition of Intel's home gateway biz in the period.
BBWN Bites: Speed standard 'useless, harmful,' says EFF to FCC
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7/24/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Earnings from AT&T, TalkTalk; Orange to bring satellite Internet to France; fast Internet gets to rural Alaskans; Openreach expands.
AT&T sees another decline in broadband subs
Alan Breznick  
7/23/2020   Post a comment
AT&T reports loss of more than 100,000 broadband customers in second quarter despite big subscriber gains for its fiber network.
Rogers ekes out broadband sub gains despite pandemic
Alan Breznick  
7/22/2020   Post a comment
In an otherwise dreary quarter, Canada's largest cable and wireless provider still manages to add broadband and IPTV subscribers.
Smart Parking in Ohio may help with COVID-19 tracking
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7/21/2020   Post a comment
Announcing the launch of a Smart Parking pilot application in Dublin, Ohio, Fujitsu said the solution brought an unanticipated benefit of helping track quarantine efforts.
Verizon signals fiber future with successful 800G test
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7/20/2020   Post a comment
Verizon confirmed that it successfully tested an 800Gbit/s connection with vendor Infinera.
BBWN Bites: Fiber goes west
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7/17/2020   Post a comment
In this roundup: Regions of the UK and western US see new fiber rollouts and network launches, spearheaded by CityFibre, Openreach, Crosslake Fibre, Google and TDS.
Full fiber to roll deeper into rural Northern Ireland
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7/16/2020   Post a comment
Openreach announced an additional 94 rural towns where it will expand full FTTP in the next two years, pushing connectivity as essential to Northern Ireland's COVID-19 recovery.
Frontier forks over $750K to settle complaint with Minnesota AG
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/14/2020   Post a comment
Frontier, now in the middle of a bankruptcy reorganization, has also agreed to reform sales and ad practices and invest $10 million in broadband network improvements in the state.
Crosslake Fibre gets set to dive into English Channel
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7/14/2020   Post a comment
The fiber-optic subsea cable connecting the UK and France, dubbed CrossChannel Fibre, will reportedly be ready for service in late 2021.
Shaw loses broadband subs due to COVID
Alan Breznick  
7/13/2020   Post a comment
Big Canadian cable and wireless operator reports loss of broadband subscribers in its fiscal third quarter even as it boosts speeds.
Charter's RDOF plan could target 2.5M homes
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/13/2020   Post a comment
By participating in the RDOF auction, the cable op is poised to broaden its footprint to adjacent rural areas and apply pressure on telcos such as CenturyLink and Frontier.
Frontier pays for probe into hidden fees, 'misrepresentation' of Internet speeds
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/10/2020   Post a comment
Already in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the telco will fork over $900,000 to resolve an investigation by the Washington state Attorney General's office.
BBWN Bites: The return of Google Fiber
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7/10/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: New report explores broadband business models; California nonprofit calls for 'one gigabit or bust'; KCOM, ADVA go full steam for full fiber in Hull; Internet balloons go live over Kenya.
Loon goes live in Kenya
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7/8/2020   Post a comment
Loon is now providing Internet service to Telkom Kenya subscribers, representing the first application of balloon-powered Internet in Africa.
MTN is fastest South African network during lockdown – report
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7/8/2020   Post a comment
A new report from MyBroadband Insights rates MTN as South Africa's best network during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Openreach goes live for 80K premises in Edinburgh
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7/7/2020   Post a comment
Openreach announced that FTTP service is officially available for 80,000 homes and businesses in Edinburgh, with further work restarting in areas where COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have eased.
Podcast: What’s the story with mobile data in Africa?
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7/3/2020   Post a comment
Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert joins Light Reading's 'What's the Story?' podcast to discuss the latest news around mobile data and broadband subscriptions in South and Sub-Saharan Africa.
BBWN Bites: RIP to FCC pledge to Keep Americans Connected
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7/3/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Virgin Media launches gigabit services in Edinburgh and Liverpool; rural Mississippi gets the 'equivalent of the initial delivery of electricity' with broadband legislation; and the Georgia Broadband Availability Map reveals huge disparities.
Podcast: US Ignite touts brave new broadband business models
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7/1/2020   Post a comment
US Ignite's Mari Silbey talks about how cities and companies can provide broadband to residents in underserved areas with hybrid network business models.
LR's Cable Next-Gen event is going virtual
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7/1/2020   Post a comment
Instead of staging our usual in-person conference in Denver, we will now conduct a free, digital event over two full days in late August.




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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.
Webinars
Thursday, August 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

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.

The discussion will cover:

  • Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
  • Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
  • How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
  • Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management

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