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Google Fiber to tangle with Cox and Lumen in Arizona
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7/5/2022   Post a comment
Once a deal is approved by the city council, Mesa will become the first city in Arizona to welcome Google Fiber. Network construction could start by early 2023.
AT&T partners with Amarillo to upgrade city's network
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6/30/2022   Post a comment
Following similar public/private fiber upgrade projects in rural areas, AT&T is targeting more than 22,000 customer locations via a three-year, multi-million agreement with the Texas panhandle city.
Here are seven questions dogging the FCC's broadband 'nutrition labels'
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6/29/2022   Post a comment
The FCC wants broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. But creating broadband labels isn't straightforward.
'Robust' broadband choice squashes need for regulation, says trade group
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6/23/2022   Post a comment
Study from ACA Connects argues that the case for new regulations has 'vanished' amid 'robust' broadband growth and competition.
Broadband administration jobs abound across US
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6/22/2022   Post a comment
Federal, state and local offices are hiring for a range of positions to manage billions of dollars in broadband grants.
Utility operators see a future in fiber broadband
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6/21/2022   Post a comment
Panelists from utility providers joined the Fiber Broadband Association to discuss benefits of deploying fiber and where they see their role in closing the digital divide.
ConnectMaine's Peggy Schaffer on the challenges with federal funding
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6/20/2022   Post a comment
Peggy Schaffer, executive director of ConnectMaine, discusses the work her team has done to tackle Maine's digital divide, and the pressure ramping up on state offices as they prepare to apply for billions in federal broadband grants.
WISPs freak over guidelines that may exclude FWA in unlicensed spectrum
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6/20/2022   Post a comment
'Unlicensed spectrum remains a critical tool for closing the digital divide. Removing it from the proverbial toolkit will mean fewer providers at the table,' argued wireless Internet provider Nextlink.
Craighead Electric's Jeremiah Sloan on lighting up Arkansas with fiber
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6/17/2022   Post a comment
Jeremiah Sloan, CEO, Craighead Electric, discusses the co-op's work in rural Arkansas and a new partnership with electric co-ops across the state to deliver a wholesale fiber network.
Omdia's Julie Kunstler on how fiber is challenging the cable industry
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6/17/2022   Post a comment
Julie Kunstler, senior principal analyst at Omdia, discusses new broadband deployment strategies and the challenges facing the cable industry as fiber competition ramps up in the US.
FBA's Deborah Kish on the economic, social and safety benefits of building fiber
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6/16/2022   Post a comment
Deborah Kish, VP of research and workforce development at the Fiber Broadband Association, discusses the organization's research on how fiber deployments are improving communities and shares updates about OpTIC: the FBA's new fiber optic technician training program.
CostQuest counts 23-25M homes, businesses unserved or underserved by broadband
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6/15/2022   Post a comment
James Stegeman, CEO of CostQuest, discusses his company's work with the FCC on a forthcoming federal broadband map that will determine how billions in broadband grant funding gets divided amongst US states and territories.
EPB's Katie Espeseth on delivering the 'world's fastest Internet' in Chattanooga
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6/15/2022   Post a comment
Katie Espeseth, vice president at EPB, discusses progress the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has made with fiber delivery, how it's paved the way for economic growth and more.
Virginia's broadband director on using BEAD funding to close the digital divide
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the office of broadband for the state of Virginia, discusses how the state has ramped up broadband infrastructure investments over the years, its work on broadband mapping and how forthcoming BEAD funding can help the state expand its efforts to close the digital divide.
Netly Fiber gets terabit ready in California
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
Netly Fiber, an open access network founded in 2017, announced the completion of a two-year fiber build of its terabit-ready network in Solana Beach, California.
DZS CEO talks M&A, fiber funding and the need for 1-Gig broadband
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
DZS CEO Charlie Vogt talks about the influx of federal broadband funding and how his company is cutting costs for service providers by giving them more visibility into their customer networks.
Four forces driving 1-Gig as 'new global standard' – report
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6/13/2022   Post a comment
Consumer demand, operator technology upgrades, marketing and high levels of investment are all contributing to 1-Gig growth globally, says analyst firm Omdia.
NTIA chief defends broadband rules in Senate hearing
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6/10/2022   Post a comment
Broadband rules also drew criticism from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) which called NTIA's fiber focus 'contrary to Congress' tech-neutral design' of the infrastructure law.
The Divide: Why Dryden, New York, chose municipal fiber
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6/9/2022   Post a comment
Jason Leifer, Dryden Town Supervisor; Ryan Garrison, director of technology at HUNT Engineers, Architects & Surveyors; and Gina Nienaber, director of portfolio marketing at Ciena, join the podcast to discuss Dryden Fiber: a new municipal fiber network being deployed in Tompkins County, New York.
Arkansas electric co-ops band together for bandwidth
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6/8/2022   Post a comment
Diamond State Networks, a collective of 13 electric cooperatives, hopes to become 'one of the biggest bandwidth aggregators in the country,' says Doug Maglothin, DSN's director of operations.
Cox to invest $400M in network to reach underserved areas
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6/6/2022   Post a comment
Network expansion has become the name of the game in an industry that's been grappling with a slowing pace of broadband subscriber growth.
How broadband funds can help students and the US workforce
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6/2/2022   Post a comment
During an event hosted by SIIA, broadband and policy experts discussed how funds and programs in the infrastructure law can close the digital divide for students and workers. Watch the panel here, moderated by Broadband World News site editor Nicole Ferraro.
Broadband line losses are BT's next worry
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5/30/2022   Post a comment
Unless dozens of UK altnets fail disastrously, BT is heading for a loss of broadband market share as the market shifts to fiber.
Alan Davidson: Broadband is 'this generation's infrastructure project'
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5/24/2022   Post a comment
NTIA's Alan Davidson shed more light on the recently released rules for $45 billion in broadband grants, addressing potential burdens on small providers, waivers for 'Buy American' rules and more.
Frontier accelerates 2022 fiber buildout by up to 20%
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5/23/2022   Post a comment
Revised plan is to exceed its 2022 buildout target of 1 million fiber locations by an additional 100,000 to 200,000 locations. Frontier is still on track to deploy FTTP to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.
The Divide: How rural electric co-ops like Tri-Co are closing deep broadband gaps
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5/20/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Elizabeth Page, national sales director at Ribbon Communications, and Aaron Young, chief operating officer at Tri-Co Connections, a fiber broadband provider in rural Pennsylvania powered by Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative.
Altice USA ramps up for 5-Gig service
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5/19/2022   Post a comment
Under its new Optimum Fiber brand, the third-biggest cable operator in the US plans to launch symmetrical 5-Gig and 2-Gig services over fiber in the New York metro area, starting in early June.
Clearfield aims to boost fiber supply with Nestor Cables acquisition
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5/18/2022   Post a comment
Company execs said the $23 million acquisition fits into its strategy to invest in product manufacturing and supply.
Ting Internet to take on Comcast and Verizon in Alexandria
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5/17/2022   Post a comment
After securing a franchise earlier this year, Ting says construction will start this summer on the fiber network, which will eventually connect more than 90,000 homes in the area.
US government kicks off $45B in broadband funding
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5/13/2022   Post a comment
The NTIA opened its notices of funding opportunity for states and territories to apply for funding through three broadband programs worth $45 billion.
Where does cable go from here?
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5/11/2022   Post a comment
Bulls and bears are sizing up cable's future. Analysts say the 'cable broadband growth era is over' – others see opportunities with wireless the 'next leg of growth.'
WOW doubles greenfield fiber buildout commitment
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5/10/2022   Post a comment
Service developed with Reach Mobile will launch in one of WOW's southern markets in May. Meanwhile, WOW's greenfield fiber network plan has been expanded to 400,000 homes passed.
White House touts ISP commitments to increase affordable access
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5/9/2022   Post a comment
But consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that some of the broadband providers on that list are the same ones 'sabotaging President Biden's FCC.'
Net broadband subscriber adds the 'new normal' at Frontier, CEO says
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5/9/2022   Post a comment
Frontier added a record 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1 2022, more than enough to more than offset copper losses. Frontier posted a net gain of 20,000 total broadband subs for the period.
Adtran execs cheer for fiber, federal funds and 'effectively unlimited orders'
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5/6/2022   Post a comment
Adtran Q1 results were propelled by a 61% annual growth in its fiber access platforms and 'generationally significant' government investments in broadband, executives said on an earnings call.
FCC unleashes $200M for RDOF as new bill would regulate how Commission vets ISPs
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5/4/2022   Post a comment
The Rural Broadband Protection Act would 'require a more thorough vetting and verification process for internet service providers seeking to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) high-cost programs.'
Altice USA CEO credits fiber buildout for its 'better competitive position'
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5/3/2022   Post a comment
Dexter Goei expects Altice USA to grow broadband subs in the second half of 2022 amid an aggressive FTTP rollout and plans to launch multi-gig services. But some analysts see FWA as an emerging rural threat.
Global network operators plot paths to next-gen broadband
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5/2/2022   Post a comment
Right now many telcos are still grappling with the early stages of 10G PON, also known as XGS PON, which can deliver multi-gigabit services.
Charter starts to book RDOF revenues
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4/29/2022   Post a comment
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.
Calix services help customers become 'recession-proof,' says CEO
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4/28/2022   Post a comment
'And if our customers are recession-proof, then actually, we're recession-proof,' said Calix CEO Carl Russo on an earnings call with investors.
The Divide: How Yellowstone Fiber plans to boost broadband choice in Bozeman
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4/27/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Greg Metzger, CEO, Yellowstone Fiber, and Kim McKinley, CMO, Utopia Fiber, discussing their open access fiber partnership in Bozeman, Montana, and where the open access model works best in the US.
Cox nears launch of 2-Gig broadband
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4/26/2022   Post a comment
The cable operator has yet to announce pricing on the new multi-gigabit speed tier, but said it will make the product available in certain neighborhoods across its footprint later this month.
Verizon's big fixed wireless gains mask slowing wireline broadband growth
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4/25/2022   Post a comment
Verizon added 194,000 FWA subs in Q1, handily beating analyst estimates. But wireline broadband growth is slowing. With DSL losses included, Verizon added 37,000 wireline broadband subs in Q1, down from a year-ago gain of 66,000.
Fiber gains offset legacy broadband pains at AT&T
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4/22/2022   Post a comment
The telco nabbed another 289,000 fiber subs in the first quarter of 2022, enough to wipe out a loss of 284,000 non-fiber broadband customers.
Shentel seeks to drop some RDOF commitments in Virginia
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4/22/2022   Post a comment
In a filing that highlights ongoing challenges with RDOF, Shentel asks to be relieved of commitments for eight census block groups where Virginia has awarded state funding. The state supports the petition.
Comcast touts blistering speeds, low latencies with 'hollowcore' fiber
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4/21/2022   Post a comment
Envisioning a foundation for 10G, Comcast says a 40km deployment of hollowcore fiber pumped out speeds of 10 Gbit/s to 400 Gbit/s on a single fiber.
The Divide: Render's Sam Pratt on using digital tools to close the digital divide
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4/21/2022   Post a comment
Sam Pratt, CEO of Render Networks, a provider of geospatial network construction technology, joins the podcast to discuss his company's milestone of connecting over 1 million premises to fiber and what he's learned about the digital divide in the process.
Senators to Rosenworcel: Communities need clarity on RDOF
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4/19/2022   Post a comment
Senators requested updates on the FCC's efforts to default ineligible bids, how they're collaborating on broadband funding across agencies and how rejected funds will be redistributed.
Verizon, T-Mobile score bragging rights for fixed, mobile data speeds
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4/19/2022   Post a comment
Ookla's Speedtest report for Q1 2022 found that Verizon delivered the fastest and most consistent fixed broadband speeds, while T-Mobile took the top spot for mobile.
Comcast pitches smart solutions for clever cities
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4/15/2022   Post a comment
Service providers won't stop believing in smart cities. The latest, Comcast, is keen to explain how its new business unit will monitor streetlights, people.
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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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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.

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