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Content posted in September 2021
CableLabs unit adds new twist to DOCSIS device testing
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/30/2021   Post a comment
CableLabs subsidiary Kyrio has introduced FlexTest, a service that enables DOCSIS modems and gateways vendors to run more granular, individual tests during various phases of the product development cycle.
The future of broadband and fiber as infrastructure
Fiber Broadband Association  
9/29/2021   Post a comment
Since the 1970s, the idea that the telecommunications network would one day serve as an information superhighway has been part of our culture.
2Africa subsea cable to connect to South Asia
Broadband World News  
9/28/2021   Post a comment
The extension will bring the length of the 2Africa cable system to over 45,000km, making it the longest subsea cable system ever deployed.
Frontier sees long upgrade path for XGS-PON
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/24/2021   Post a comment
The XGS-PON platform Frontier selected from Nokia is upgradable to 25-Gig PON 'with basically an optics change,' says Scott Mispagel, Frontier's SVP of national architecture and engineering.
Frontier sizes up 10-Gig future with XGS-PON rollout
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/23/2021   Post a comment
Frontier has hooked up with Nokia to connect about 100,000 homes to XGS-PON technology amid a grander plan to have FTTP deployed to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.
AT&T may go even bigger with fiber
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/22/2021   Post a comment
AT&T CEO John Stankey has challenged his execs to explore what it would take to expand AT&T's plan to build FTTP to 30 million locations by 2025. 'Execution and performance' is all that stands in the way, he says.
Experimental 'RFoF' broadband goes live in rural Missouri
Broadband World News  
9/21/2021   Post a comment
With NSF funding, a project team in Turney, Missouri, has activated a pilot service to deliver broadband to rural residents using RF over fiber (RFoF) and intelligent routing technologies.
'GAP' node standards are cleared for takeoff
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/21/2021   Post a comment
SCTE, the cable industry's standards-setting organization, has approved standards for enclosures and modules for Generic Access Platform (GAP) nodes designed to support DOCSIS, PON and wireless access technologies.
Vodafone, ITU launch initiative to connect 3.4B people to mobile Internet
Broadband World News  
9/20/2021   Post a comment
Vodafone and the International Telecommunication Union are launching an initiative aimed at connecting 3.4 billion people to the Internet through a smartphone by 2030.
Who should pay for the bridge across the digital divide?
Broadband World News  
9/17/2021   Post a comment
Two new studies conclude that the US government's Universal Service Fund (USF) is in need of change. But they differ on whether ISPs or Big Tech should fix the situation.
FCC stamps another 466 winning RDOF bids
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/17/2021   Post a comment
Financial support for winning bids from more than a dozen smaller broadband players will be disbursed in 120 monthly payments, starting at the end of this month.
ISPs suffer losses and make plans in face of climate crisis
Broadband World News  
9/16/2021   Post a comment
A worsening climate crisis that has exacted a toll on cables, fiber lines and wireless towers is making clear how vulnerable that critical infrastructure is.
The Divide: How Uprise Fiber seeks to solve what you hate about your ISP
Broadband World News  
9/16/2021   Post a comment
This week: Sam Sanders, CEO of Uprise Fiber, on how the company sets itself apart from traditional ISPs and seeks to build digital equity into broadband deployments.
North Africa has world's slowest broadband speed
Broadband World News  
9/15/2021   Post a comment
New data from Cable.co.uk shows North Africa has the world's slowest broadband speed. But average Internet speeds also continue to rise globally.
Comcast shares slip on broadband growth warning
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/14/2021   Post a comment
The cable operator is seeing a 'little bit of a slowdown in the net adds in the cable business' in the current quarter, but still expects 2021 growth to beat pre-COVID 2019 levels, CFO Mike Cavanagh told investors.
Amazon to FCC: Make SpaceX follow the rules
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/13/2021   Post a comment
Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite broadband unit, counters that concerns about SpaceX's 'Gen2' plan for Starlink has nothing to do with slowing competition, but is about holding SpaceX to FCC rules.
US drops from top countries for fast broadband in 2021 – Ookla
Broadband World News  
9/10/2021   Post a comment
New Ookla speed test data shows the US falling from the top ten countries for fixed-broadband speeds, while Monaco moved from tenth place in 2020 to first in 2021.
The Divide: New map shows 60M Americans lack Internet
Broadband World News  
9/9/2021   Post a comment
This week: Eric Frank, CEO of LightBox, discusses the company's new nationwide Internet connectivity map which reveals that nearly one in six Americans is not connected.
AT&T's Katibeh on bridging the digital divide
Broadband World News Video  
9/9/2021   Post a comment
Mo Katibeh speaks to AT&T's efforts to close the digital divide and what's next for the operator's future fiber and 5G network buildouts.
AT&T connects with OneWeb
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/8/2021   Post a comment
Providing OneWeb with a big-name tenant, AT&T plans to tap into OneWeb's developing low-Earth orbit satellite broadband platform to serve businesses in remote parts of the US.
Telefónica reportedly seeking full-fiber funding partners
Broadband World News  
9/7/2021   Post a comment
According to El Confidencial, a Spanish news outlet, Telefónica has hired investment banks Barclays and LionTree to find a funding partner (or partners) to back full-fiber rollout by Virgin Media O2.
Amazon, SpaceX wage war over Starlink's 'Gen2' system
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/3/2021   Post a comment
Amazon's Kuiper Systems wants the FCC to dismiss SpaceX's next-gen satellite broadband plans while SpaceX calls the complaint a delay tactic to slow competition and help Kuiper can catch up.
The Divide: MTA's Wanda Tankersley on Alaska's middle-mile problem
Broadband World News  
9/2/2021   Post a comment
This week: Wanda Tankersley, COO at MTA, a telecom co-op in Alaska, talks about the state's unique middle-mile challenges, the company's AlCan ONE fiber project, and more.
Mediacom sheds light on new 'Bolt'-branded, CBRS-powered fixed wireless service
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/1/2021   Post a comment
Currently offered in parts of Alabama, Iowa and Florida, Mediacom Bolt features three speed tiers and is underpinned by 4G and 5G RAN products from Ericsson.




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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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