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Content posted in July 2021
Charter's 400K broadband adds in Q2 topple estimates
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7/30/2021   Post a comment
Charter's Q2 2021 broadband adds didn't match the incredible total from the pandemic-fueled period from a year ago, but did exceed the customers raked in during the corresponding pre-pandemic period in 2019.
Comcast sets sail for DOCSIS 4.0
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7/29/2021   Post a comment
Following a Q2 marked by another big broadband subscriber game, Comcast says it has sped up its plans for the 'next phase' of DOCSIS in a way that won't alter its capital expenditures.
Congress may ask for 100Mbit/s download speeds in 'underserved' areas
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7/29/2021   Post a comment
The draft of the broadband section of the new infrastructure bill seems to show that Congress is gently moving the goalposts on what qualifies as an adequately served broadband community.
The great fiber buildout awaits
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7/28/2021   Post a comment
Fiber-fed telcos and ISPs anticipate funds for big broadband buildouts, but they'll be challenged by competing technologies, incumbent dominance and an ever-widening digital divide.
New York backs off $15/month broadband
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
A newly reported settlement between the state and telecom trade associations likely puts to rest an effort to require broadband providers in New York to offer a $15 tier of service.
Govt.-backed broadband programs will drive big bucks, but take time, Calix CEO says
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/27/2021   Post a comment
Proposed infrastructure bills along with RDOF are poised to 'uplift our entire model' rather that serve as a simple 'pull forward of boxes,' Carl Russo says.
Did wireless win the battle over broadband symmetry?
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
Some lobbyists have urged policymakers to define broadband as at least 100 Mbit/s upstream and downstream. But there are indications those requirements might be loosened – paving the way for wireless.
The Broadband 50 to Watch
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
Here's the Informa Tech Broadband 50 to Watch, a list of leaders, innovators and executives we think are worth watching as the industry hustles to keep up with global broadband demand.
FCC authorizes batch of RDOF funding amid action to 'clean up' program
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7/27/2021   Post a comment
FCC sends letters to almost 200 winning phase I auction winners that offers a chance to pull funding requests from areas that are already served by broadband or viewed as possibly wasteful.
Cities increasingly view broadband as 'critical infrastructure'
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7/23/2021   Post a comment
A survey of local and regional government executives and managers found 80% listed broadband as 'critical infrastructure.'
Comcast redeploys ROADM analyzers to check health of expanding fiber access network
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7/23/2021   Post a comment
Venk Mutalik, a Comcast engineer, spearheaded 'XMF,' a new monitoring platform that greatly accelerates the operator's ability to keep tabs on its fiber access network and pinpoint fiber cuts.
Rogers gears up for multi-Gig service
Alan Breznick  
7/22/2021   Post a comment
Big Toronto-based cable, wireless and media company has started offering 1.5-Gig service as it deploys GPON-based fiber in 'strategic areas' and preps for DOCSIS 4.0 over its legacy HFC network.
The Divide: Hughes' Paul Gaske on upping speeds with a 'massive new satellite'
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7/22/2021   Post a comment
This week: Paul Gaske, EVP and GM of North America at Hughes, on how the company is meeting demand for faster broadband with a new $600 million satellite, why he disagrees that fiber is "future proofed" and more.
CommScope builds out Low Latency DOCSIS platform
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7/22/2021   Post a comment
'From a technology point of view, it's baked,' CommScope exec Kevin Wirick says of new multi-faceted platform that brings low-latency capabilities to DOCSIS 3.1 networks and CPE.
New California law reserves $3.25B for a state-run, open access network
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7/21/2021   Post a comment
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $6 billion broadband bill that prioritizes funding for municipal and local solutions, rather than national ISPs.
Groups lobby for last-minute input on broadband bill
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7/20/2021   Post a comment
Fiber and fixed-wireless orgs seek to have their say over speed mandates in bipartisan broadband bill.
How riots have disrupted connectivity across South Africa
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7/16/2021   Post a comment
At least 113 mobile towers were destroyed in the unrest, prompting ICASA to call it a 'direct attack on the constitutional right of individuals and communities to access news and information.'
Podcast: The Divide – How Kajeet keeps kids and communities connected
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7/15/2021   Post a comment
This week: Dominic Marcellino, director of strategy and business development at Kajeet, on the company's new connectivity pilot program in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the ins and outs of providing wireless services to students and communities.
Adtran confirms Combo PON progress
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7/14/2021   Post a comment
Broadband access vendor says more than 100 service providers globally have now adopted its Combo PON technology for fiber networks since the product's June 2020 launch.
GAO says FCC's speed standard likely too slow for small businesses
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7/13/2021   Post a comment
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the latest to tell the FCC to revisit its outdated broadband speed standard.
Chipmakers want cable ops to put more skin in the game for DOCSIS 4.0
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7/9/2021   Post a comment
Broadcom is trying to sign stringent joint development agreements with top cable ops along with high-volume commitment. MaxLinear says it's taking a less controversial path focused on 'collaboration.'
OneWeb completes 'Five to 50' mission
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7/8/2021   Post a comment
Also in this satellite roundup: Hughes joins Emergency Broadband Benefit program; Eutelsat partners on vaccines; India makes it easier for telcos to use satellite capacity.
Details on bipartisan broadband bill to be finalized this week
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7/7/2021   Post a comment
A bipartisan group of US Senators is expected to finalize broadband provisions for the infrastructure package by the end of this week.
Facebook, Liquid team on fiber project in Democratic Republic of Congo
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7/7/2021   Post a comment
Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Facebook are partnering on a long-haul and metro fiber network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
FCC: 3M+ emergency broadband sign ups prove need for long-term benefit
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7/6/2021   Post a comment
Over 3.3 million homes have now enrolled in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, according to the latest data released by the federal agency.
Mississippi only state in US with no broadband office, agency or fund
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7/1/2021   Post a comment
A new tool from Pew Charitable Trusts shows over half of all states have established dedicated broadband funds.
The Divide: CORI's Matt Dunne on closing the rural opportunity gap
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7/1/2021   Post a comment
This week, Matt Dunne, executive director of the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), joins the podcast to discuss how the nonprofit action tank is helping communities expand broadband services and close the rural opportunity gap.




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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.
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