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The Divide: How Presidio collaborates with the public sector on connectivity
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10/20/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Cyndi Barrera, sales vice president of SLED West at Presidio. We discuss a project Presidio worked on with Fort Worth, Texas, to bring Wi-Fi to all residents and other ways the company is working with municipalities to deliver connectivity.
The Divide: Where and why local voices are missing from FCC broadband policymaking
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10/13/2022   Post a comment
This week: Next Century Cities' Ryan Johnston joins the show to discuss his new report on the need for local insights in federal broadband policies and how the FCC's proceedings make it hard for those voices to be heard.
Starry to default on all RDOF bids – FCC
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10/13/2022   Post a comment
In a public notice Wednesday, the FCC said that fixed wireless startup Starry had 'planned to default on all its winning bids.'
The Buildout: AT&T live in rural Indiana, Treasury awards $435M for broadband
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10/7/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: AT&T live in rural Indiana; Treasury awards $435 million to three states; FastBridge, Metronet, Magellan break ground; Alabama co-ops get millions for middle mile; more GREAT grants for Spectrum.
Verizon extends free FWA services to qualifying households
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10/7/2022   Post a comment
Following a similar Fios program, the new 'Verizon Forward' initiative brings free 5G Home and LTE-based Internet services to households that qualify for the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program.
Louisiana rejects Sparklight protest of Conexon's broadband grant
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10/6/2022   Post a comment
'Sparklight has not satisfied its burden of proof to establish that it provides reliable service to the applied-for areas,' said Veneeth Iyengar, executive director of Louisiana's broadband office.
The Divide: LiveOak's Steve Smith on getting fiber-ready in Florida and Georgia
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10/6/2022   Post a comment
This week: LiveOak Fiber's Steve Smith joins the show to discuss the company's plans to build out fiber to 80,000 homes and businesses on the Emerald Coast of Florida and the Golden Isles of Georgia.
NTIA receives $5.5B in grant requests for $1B middle mile fund
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10/5/2022   Post a comment
NTIA said it received over 235 applications worth $5.5 billion for the $1 billion middle mile fund and will issue grants 'no earlier' than March 2023.
US-made products for middle mile builds 'not available' – NTIA
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10/3/2022   Post a comment
NTIA proposed a limited waiver on 'Build America, Buy America' rules for middle mile broadband grants. Comments on the proposal are due October 3.
The Divide: How FirstLight is connecting communities with middle-mile fiber
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9/29/2022   Post a comment
This week: FirstLight Fiber's Maura Mahoney, chief marketing officer, and Patrick Coughlin, chief development officer, talk about tackling the digital divide through fiber 'onramps and off ramps,' their work with local nonprofits and institutions and more.
Telecom services severely restricted in Iran amid protests
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9/27/2022   Post a comment
The Iranian government is restricting Internet and mobile access in response to nationwide protests. Whether Starlink can help is unclear.
OpenVault CEO on why ACP customers are such big data users
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9/26/2022   Post a comment
Mark Trudeau, the founder and CEO of OpenVault, said speed tier upgrades among customers on the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program is what likely drove usage in that group higher than the average in Q2 2022.
The Buildout: More 'GREAT' news for Spectrum, Yellowstone Fiber goes live
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9/23/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Spectrum gets millions more in 'GREAT' grants; ReConnect awards $502 million; Yellowstone Fiber live in Montana; NTIA awards $29 million for Alaskan tribes; Cajun Broadband breaks ground – and more.
The Divide: Ziply VP chats rural fiber builds, permit reforms and micro-trenching
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9/22/2022   Post a comment
This week: Jessica Epley, vice president of regulatory and external affairs at Ziply Fiber, joins the podcast to discuss the company's rural buildouts, federal funding and why permit reform is one key to closing the digital divide.
How Hurricane Fiona is affecting telecom networks
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9/21/2022   Post a comment
Hurricane Fiona knocked out wireline Internet services to hundreds of thousands of subscribers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. And the storm shut down roughly 23.5% of the cell sites in those areas, too.
Altice, Charter will deliver free broadband to NYC housing residents
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9/20/2022   Post a comment
Through 'Big Apple Connect,' New York will subsidize Altice and Charter to deliver free service to NYCHA residents. Verizon is TBD, said the city.
Sparklight 'persisting' with grant challenge to Conexon in Louisiana
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9/16/2022   Post a comment
Despite outcry from the East Carroll community, Cable One says Sparklight will persist with challenging Conexon's $4 million grant to build broadband.
Why AT&T's fiber gambit in Phoenix is worth watching
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9/15/2022   Post a comment
AT&T said it plans to offer 5 Gbit/s fiber services across 100,000 homes in a Phoenix suburb. The effort represents a new gambit by AT&T, which previously only built fiber in its existing copper markets.
The Buildout: Tennessee awards $447M for broadband
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9/13/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Tennessee doles out $447 million; Brightspeed, Charter, and Lumos win in North Carolina; Redzone runs on ngFWA in Maine.
FCC inspector general says 'dozens' of ISPs claimed fraudulent ACP funds
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9/12/2022   Post a comment
Meanwhile, data shows the program is still only reaching 36.5% of eligible households and could run out of funds by March 2025.
The Divide: TruConnect's Danielle Perry on the role of MVNOs in keeping people online
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9/9/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Danielle Perry, chief compliance officer at TruConnect, on the important role of mobile virtual network operators and federal subsidy programs in closing the digital divide.
NTIA grants will fund 'a lot of non-fiber technology,' says Alan Davidson
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9/7/2022   Post a comment
The NTIA chief said while much funding will go to fiber, grants will fund a 'healthy mix' of broadband technology. But whether they do is up to the states.
These states have broadband on the ballot this November
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9/7/2022   Post a comment
Broadband is on the ballot for millions of US voters this year, with some states and counties seeking to amend their constitutions or bypass laws to make room for federal funding.
First FCC broadband map to come in November, says Rosenworcel
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9/2/2022   Post a comment
The FCC also said a challenge process will open on September 12 for state and local governments and service providers. The public will get to weigh in after a first draft of the map is released.
The Divide: Tarana's CEO on why FWA isn't a 'stopgap to fiber'
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9/2/2022   Post a comment
Basil Alwan, CEO of Tarana Wireless, joins the podcast to discuss the company's unique approach to fixed wireless access and how Tarana is helping WISPs in the US and abroad close the digital divide.
FCC approves RDOF spending with FWA providers Starry, Nextlink, others
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9/1/2022   Post a comment
Nextlink Internet, Starry, GeoLinks, GigaBeam Networks and Anthem Broadband are among the fixed wireless Internet providers getting approvals from the FCC.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.'
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.
Comcast's Broderick Johnson on Internet access and the pursuit of 'digital equity'
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7/28/2022   Post a comment
In this podcast, Broderick Johnson, EVP for public policy and EVP for digital equity at Comcast, offers a brief history lesson on 'digital equity' and why identifying and lowering barriers to Internet adoption are critical.
BEAD's high-cost threshold 'key area' of concern for fiber advocates
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7/27/2022   Post a comment
While NTIA's notice of funding opportunity prioritizes fiber builds for those applying for BEAD grants, a 'high-cost threshold' exception has been a point of concern for fiber advocates.
Calix goes all in on 'significant opportunity' in US
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7/26/2022   Post a comment
Calix reported 20% annual revenue growth and a 33% increase in US revenue, driven by 'significant opportunity ahead.' Still, said execs, the supply chain remains 'a war every day.'
FCC proposes $2.3M fine for LTD's defaulted RDOF bids
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7/25/2022   Post a comment
The FCC proposed over $4 million in fines against defaulted RDOF applicants, with $2.3 million of those fines for the auction's largest bidder, LTD Broadband.
Mediacom adds Samsung to the fixed wireless mix
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7/22/2022   Post a comment
After deals with Ericsson and Casa Systems, Mediacom selects Samsung to help power an expanding CBRS network used to provide broadband in rural locations.
LTD Broadband may lose RDOF funding in Minnesota
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7/21/2022   Post a comment
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered an investigation into LTD's status as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), putting more of its RDOF dollars at risk.
FCC to consider pilot program to boost ACP enrollment
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7/20/2022   Post a comment
In a draft order, the FCC outlined an initiative called 'Your Home, Your Internet' aimed at increasing participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among those receiving federal housing assistance.
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