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10/25/2022   Post a comment
The Broadband World News website will remain active and its archive accessible, but our team's broadband policy and tech coverage is now found at Light Reading Broadband.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calix goes all in on 'significant opportunity' in US
Broadband World News  
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 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.
Microsoft tries to fill big gaps in broadband maps
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7/15/2022   Post a comment
FCC critic Microsoft says its 'Digital Equity Data Dashboard,' a tool that aggregates data from multiple sources, is an accurate, neighborhood-by-neighborhood view of broadband availability and 'digital equity.'
The Divide: Ji Soo Song on the Department of Education's role in achieving digital equity
Broadband World News  
7/14/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Ji Soo Song, broadband advisor at the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET). We discuss the department's Digital Equity Education Roundtables initiative and how educational institutions can use infrastructure funding to help close the digital divide for students.
No relief in sight for sluggish cable broadband subscriber growth
Broadband World News  
7/11/2022   Post a comment
Housing move activity, a key ingredient for cable broadband subscriber growth, remains in a weakened state, with few signs that it will reverse course any time soon.
FCC invites input on interagency broadband agreement
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7/7/2022   Post a comment
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice seeking comment on the interagency agreement between the FCC, USDA and NTIA on broadband coordination.
'Completely backwards.' Skeptics fret over federal broadband map
Broadband World News  
7/6/2022   Post a comment
The FCC opened its broadband data collection system to service providers. But some are worried the lengthy mapping process will leave behind those who need service the most.
Here are seven questions dogging the FCC's broadband 'nutrition labels'
Broadband World News  
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.
The Divide: Ready's Scott Woods on what NTIA got right and wrong with BEAD
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6/23/2022   Post a comment
Scott Woods, VP of community engagement at Ready, and a former NTIA official, joins the podcast to discuss the federal government's broadband grants and how Ready is helping ISPs prepare for funding opportunities.
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.
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.
FBA's Deborah Kish on the economic, social and safety benefits of building fiber
Broadband World News Video  
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.
Reliability paramount in home broadband, former Comcast CTO says
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6/9/2022   Post a comment
Multi-gigabit speeds to the home is on trend, but 'massive reliability' across every link in the local area network is critical, says Plume board appointee Tony Werner.
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.
Hughes tries to bridge the digital divide in Mexico
Broadband World News  
6/7/2022   Post a comment
Hughes Network Systems is teaming with a handful of partners to bring satellite broadband connectivity to more than 7,200 sites in rural, underserved parts of Mexico.
Broadband line losses are BT's next worry
Broadband World News  
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.
FWA is not a short-term play, Verizon CFO says
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5/25/2022   Post a comment
Verizon has a path to adding spectrum to fixed wireless services as the connectivity and capacity needs of residential and business customers expand and evolve, Verizon's Matt Ellis says.
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.
Consumer advocates push for ISP nutrition label to appear on monthly bills
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5/16/2022   Post a comment
Groups including Consumer Reports and Next Century Cities are calling on the FCC to add the forthcoming broadband nutrition label to customers' monthly bills for ease of access.
Starry posts customer growth, but waffles on some 2022 targets
Broadband World News  
5/13/2022   Post a comment
Starry gained 8,000 fixed wireless customers during the first quarter of 2022. But the company backtracked on its EBITDA hopes for full-year 2022, as well as its plans to launch multiple new markets during the rest of 2022.
World Bank pledges $200M for Ghana's digital transformation
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5/11/2022   Post a comment
The Ghana Digital Acceleration Project gets a green light after a massive cash injection from the World Bank, which will help expand broadband access in the West African country.
ISPs drop fight against California's net neutrality law, will shift focus to DC
Broadband World News  
5/5/2022   Post a comment
'Today is a historic win for Californians and the open Internet,' wrote Professor Barbara van Schewick, a supporter of the state's net neutrality guidelines.
FCC unleashes $200M for RDOF as new bill would regulate how Commission vets ISPs
Broadband World News  
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.
Charter starts to book RDOF revenues
Jeff Baumgartner  
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.
Gigi Sohn 'rural' opposition may be an excuse to thwart Title II
Broadband World News  
4/29/2022   Post a comment
Potential ties between ISPs and a new campaign to squash Gigi Sohn's nomination for FCC Commissioner suggest a lobbying effort to derail Title II regulations, says Blair Levin, who served as chief of staff to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt.
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.
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.
Tarana CEO Basil Alwan: Making WTF moments in FWA
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4/18/2022   Post a comment
Tarana Wireless CEO Basil Alwan shares how his company, now worth more than $1 billion, has moved beyond small cell backhaul to helping service providers provide real broadband, all over the globe.
FWA market to grow by 2.3M customers in 2022 – analysts
Broadband World News  
4/12/2022   Post a comment
Broadly, the Cowen analysts predict Verizon, T-Mobile, Starry and other FWA providers will collectively add almost 2.3 million new customers during the course of 2022.
French court says non to Starlink
Broadband World News  
4/7/2022   Post a comment
Conseil d'Ιtat revokes Arcep's 2021 decision to grant frequencies to Elon Musk's Starlink.
Rosenworcel promises broadband map this fall
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4/5/2022   Post a comment
The FCC Chairwoman also confirmed the agency would start a challenge process following the map release to give localities, tribes, carriers and consumers the opportunity to tell the agency what it got wrong.
After 'unfortunate delay,' CostQuest will make US broadband map
Broadband World News  
3/4/2022   Post a comment
The GAO denied a protest brought by LightBox, permitting the FCC to move forward with CostQuest as the US broadband map maker. But LightBox's CEO said a 'key element' of its protest wasn't considered and the company may pursue further legal paths.
Comcast says network traffic still rising, but shifting to pre-pandemic patterns
Broadband World News  
3/3/2022   Post a comment
Cable op says 2021 peak downstream traffic rose 11% and upstream traffic increased 5% from 2020 levels, while peak traffic has returned to later parts in the day as students headed back to school and some workers returned to offices.
What Black communities need from federal broadband programs
Broadband World News  
2/22/2022   Post a comment
Government leaders from across the US joined an event hosted by the FCC to discuss how funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law can be used to close the digital divide in Black communities.
Calix reports continued growth amid supply chain struggles
Broadband World News  
1/27/2022   Post a comment
In a letter to investors, CEO Carl Russo warned that supply chain constraints in 2022 will 'challenge our ability to grow as fast as we have the past two years.'
AT&T lights up multi-gig fiber speeds in dozens of US markets
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/24/2022   Post a comment
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.
Ziply Fiber goes wide with 2-Gig and 5-Gig broadband tiers
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/20/2022   Post a comment
Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.
Starlink's daunting deployment plan 'leaves no margin for error' – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/18/2022   Post a comment
Elon Musk's nascent broadband will need to radically accelerate the rate of satellite launches – and navigate tricky supply chain logistics – if it's going to come close to fulfilling its global ambition.
Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/30/2021   Post a comment
Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical co-op don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.
Fixed wireless, LEO satellite broadband best suited for unserved and underserved areas – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/22/2021   Post a comment
Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.
Consolidated boots up 'Fidium Fiber' brand as network upgrades expand
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/15/2021   Post a comment
Launched in parts of northern New England, the new brand offering features symmetrical 1-Gig service starting at $70 per year paired with a whole-home Wi-Fi platform powered by Plume.
Altice USA touts big gigabit subscriber gains
Alan Breznick  
11/9/2021   Post a comment
Big US cable provider reports that 13.3% of customers who can get it now take 1-Gig service, with 46% of new high-speed data subs signing up for it in Q3. Those numbers translate to 580,000 gig customers.
Frontier's fiber build ramps to a record, but revenues fall short in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/3/2021   Post a comment
Frontier added a record 185,000 new fiber locations in Q3. The company's stock rose despite a revenue miss, illustrating the weight investors are putting into Frontier's aggressive FTTP buildout strategy.
Comcast bumps 'Gigabit Pro' to 3-Gig
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/1/2021   Post a comment
Comcast confirmed it will soon upgrade all Gigabit Pro subs to symmetrical speeds of 3 Gbit/s. Gigabit Pro, an FTTP service for residential customers, originally offered symmetrical speeds of 2-Gig.
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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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