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Content posted in August 2022
UK to bus in 'thousands' of foreign workers for fiber – report
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8/31/2022   Post a comment
Home secretary Priti Patel willing to fast track skilled workers through the immigration system to speed up deployment of 'gigabit-capable' networks.
Navajo Nation urges FCC to approve Sacred Wind sale to ATN
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8/30/2022   Post a comment
Navajo representatives told the FCC that ATN's acquisition of Sacred Wind will 'greatly benefit the Navajo People' and accelerate broadband expansion to unserved regions.
Corning, AT&T to build a new plant for fiber optical cable
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8/30/2022   Post a comment
With financial help from AT&T, Corning's plant near Phoenix is expected to open in 2024, support about 250 jobs and add critical capacity amid record demand for fiber.
The Buildout: Charter, Comcast get millions in Alabama, NTIA awards $280M to tribes, Vexus in Texas
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8/29/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter, Comcast get millions in Alabama; NTIA awards $280 million for tribal networks; TDS construction in Idaho; Brightspeed's plans for Illinois and Michigan; and more.
Google Fiber's expansion plan hits speed bump as Vermont deal crumbles
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8/29/2022   Post a comment
Google Fiber has halted negotiations on a proposed project after determining that one of its partners could not execute on a plan to build fiber to a minimum of 42,000 homes in northwestern Vermont.
Meter wants to be the AWS of commercial connectivity
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8/26/2022   Post a comment
'We just think spaces should come with Internet infrastructure,' said Anil Varanasi, CEO of Meter, a startup with $50 million in funding to change how commercial spaces get connected.
EPB unleashes 25-Gig service... for $1,500 per month
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8/26/2022   Post a comment
The municipal fiber provider's new 25-Gig speed tier more than doubles the speed of its high-end tier. While the residential offering fetches $1,500 per month, the commercial version goes for $12,500.
Study highlights impact of 'digital redlining'
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8/25/2022   Post a comment
The research, which focuses on broadband access in Philadelphia, comes as the FCC is considering policy recommendations and rules changes to eliminate 'digital discrimination.'
Magenta Telekom forms €1B fiber JV with Meridiam
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8/24/2022   Post a comment
The Austrian and French partners plan to pass 650,000 premises with a new FTTH network in Austria.
The Divide: How private wireless can help close connectivity gaps
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8/24/2022   Post a comment
Guests from Celona and the Purdue Research Foundation join the podcast to discuss the role of CBRS technology and private networking in closing the digital divide.
Investor interest in fiber hot as 'open access networks' come into focus
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8/22/2022   Post a comment
Jay Rolls and David Strauss of Broadband Success Partners talk industry M&A, 'open access networks,' cable's various network upgrade paths and fixed wireless access.
Ad watchdog shoots down T-Mobile's home Internet price claims
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8/19/2022   Post a comment
Following a complaint lodged by Charter, T-Mobile will discontinue claims that its fixed wireless access service allows consumers to 'save up to 50% vs. the National FCC Broadband Rate Benchmark.'
Rural ISPs struggling to meet FCC mapping deadline
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8/18/2022   Post a comment
Small ISPs are scrambling to meet a September 1 deadline to submit coverage data to the FCC, or risk being locked out of the $42.5 billion BEAD program.
The Buildout: Kinetic in Kentucky, Meta's Cleveland collab, Charter completes $3M CARES Act build
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8/17/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter goes live with RDOF and CARES Act builds; Meta supports DigitalC's fixed-wireless service; Cisco gets in on Neighborhood Wi-Fi; Kinetic and Conexon build in Kentucky; Brightspeed in Arkansas; Glo Fiber in Pennsylvania.
Nigerian broadband penetration increases to 44.5%
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8/16/2022   Post a comment
The Nigerian Communications Commission said the country is on its way to reach its 70% broadband penetration target by 2025, after a 4% increase from February to July.
Starry kicks off personalized broadband effort with 'Upload Boost' trial
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8/16/2022   Post a comment
Starry COO Alex Moulle-Berteaux says the initial trial, focused on the company's 200-Meg/100-Meg speed tier, will eventually be expanded to bring symmetrical speeds to Starry's premium broadband plans.
US cable broadband thrown for a loss, for the first time, in Q2
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8/15/2022   Post a comment
Top US cable operators swung to a first-ever loss of broadband subs in Q2 2022. Alongside that loss of 60,000 subs, fixed wireless providers gained more than 800,000 customers in the period, according to LRG.
The Divide: How a co-op is solving 'the broadband problem' in rural Georgia
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8/12/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Conexon's Jonathan Chambers and Central Georgia EMC's Herschel Arant. We discuss their work delivering fiber broadband in Georgia, why rural customers are taking gig speeds and why co-ops are well placed to deliver on federal funding.
FCC commissioner 'surprised' to learn of Starlink RDOF rejection
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8/11/2022   Post a comment
The FCC denied RDOF awards for Starlink and LTD, prompting cheers from the fiber industry and jeers from a fellow FCC commissioner, who said he learned the news while 'on a work trip.'
Starry seeks paths to bridge its funding gap
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8/10/2022   Post a comment
Starry, a fixed wireless operator that expects to end 2022 with over 100,000 subscribers, is 'exploring a combination of debt, equity and other financing vehicles' to get to break-even, CEO Chet Kanojia says.
Frontier keeps supply chain constraints at bay, sets another fiber buildout record
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8/9/2022   Post a comment
With fiber subscriber adds holding steady at 50,000, Frontier said it passed a record 281,000 new locations with fiber in Q2 2022. The telco also has raised its original 2022 build target by as much as 20%.
WOW keeps early mobile results close to the vest
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8/9/2022   Post a comment
WOW reported solid broadband subscriber gains in the second quarter of the year, but lowered its broadband subscriber forecast for full 2022. The company did not provide firm figures on its recent mobile launch.
'Buy America' rules have broadband industry on edge
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8/8/2022   Post a comment
Many in the industry have been raising concerns about the federal government's 'Buy America' rules for subsidized broadband builds. But some also see an opportunity.
The Buildout: Charter, Windstream win in North Carolina, Comcast gets $10M in Baltimore, Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s
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8/5/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter and Windstream win in North Carolina; Comcast gets $10 million in Maryland; Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s; Internet Society awards EPIC grants. Plus construction and launches from Fidium Fiber, Brightspeed, Metronet and more.
Fueled by fiber, Adtran forecasts a 'very bright future'
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8/5/2022   Post a comment
Adtran reported a strong Q2, fueled by fiber investments in the US and Europe. But supply chain constraints 'have negatively impacted our profitability,' said CEO Tom Stanton.
The Divide: WISPs are the digital divide's 'first responders,' says new WISPA CEO
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8/4/2022   Post a comment
David Zumwalt, CEO of WISPA, joins the podcast to discuss how fixed wireless providers are tackling the digital divide. We also get into WISPA's take on federal funding rules, unlicensed spectrum and why Zumwalt calls the FCC's broadband mapping effort 'an area of great concern.'
Consolidated breaks fiber records, makes recession jokes
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8/3/2022   Post a comment
Consolidated Communications achieved net-positive broadband connections for the first time in seven years and disclosed a $490 million plan to sell its stake in five wireless partnerships to fund its fiber build.
SpaceX rebuts Viasat's 'misguided campaign' against Starlink's RDOF wins
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8/2/2022   Post a comment
SpaceX and Viasat both cited speed test data in their latest opposing arguments to the FCC on whether Starlink's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund bids should be approved.
Yellowstone Fiber sees no 'rational ROI' in rural Montana without federal funds
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8/1/2022   Post a comment
As Yellowstone Fiber builds out its open access network in Gallatin County, Montana, the company is now looking to ARPA and BEAD grants to reach the most unserved parts of the region.




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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.
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