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Content posted in December 2021
FCC launches Affordable Connectivity Program
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12/31/2021   Post a comment
In accordance with Congressional directives, the FCC officially launched the Affordable Connectivity Program: the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
AT&T to participate in Affordable Connectivity Program
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12/30/2021   Post a comment
Eligible customers can sign up with AT&T in early January and receive a benefit of up to $30 per month.
Connected2Fiber's platform now contains 1.4B managed locations
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12/22/2021   Post a comment
Connected2Fiber's platform for network buyers and sellers now has 1.4 billion locations being managed across 147 countries.
FCC commits additional $603M to Emergency Connectivity Fund
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12/20/2021   Post a comment
Latest wave provides support to applications from both funding windows.
Prysmian releases new addition to microduct cables
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12/20/2021   Post a comment
Sirocco Extreme cables provide world-record diameters and fiber densities for blown microduct cables.
FCC authorizes $1B in fifth RDOF round
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12/16/2021   Post a comment
In the largest funding wave to date, 69 broadband providers will bring broadband service to 518,088 locations in 32 states.
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative selects Conexon for FTTH network
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12/16/2021   Post a comment
Project expands FTTH network currently underway in Acworth and Sandwich communities.
ThreeFold and TAG to create 'carbon negative' peer-to-peer Internet
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12/16/2021   Post a comment
ThreeFold and Take Action Global to create first carbon negative peer-to-peer Internet while providing climate education and economic inclusion programs.
FBA, NTCA will develop infrastructure playbook to assist state broadband offices
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12/15/2021   Post a comment
The Fiber Broadband Association and NTCA to develop a comprehensive broadband guide for states to use when applying for federal infrastructure funding.
Frontier, Nokia complete first successful 25Gbit/s network trial in US
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12/14/2021   Post a comment
The two companies will continue trials on Frontier's network while planning for commercial deployment in the second half of 2022.
EarthLink launches wireless home Internet service
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12/14/2021   Post a comment
The service will use signals from nearby cell towers to provide a 5G or 4G home connection.
Adtran partners with FiberRise and KGPCo on rural broadband
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12/14/2021   Post a comment
New all-electric, end-to-end solution enables electric utilities to rapidly fund, build and operate multigigabit fiber networks.
Lumen expanding gigabit service to 600,000 business locations
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12/13/2021   Post a comment
Businesses in Arizona, Colorado and Washington are the first to access faster Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s.
Omantel taps Hughes to extend cellular network reach
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12/13/2021   Post a comment
Satellite backhaul to enable Omantel to connect customers outside the fiber network footprint.
Vexus announces new fiber build in Texas
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12/13/2021   Post a comment
Vexus Fiber to begin network construction next year in Laredo, Texas, with availability to some areas by year end 2022.
Duck River Electric joins Project Unite to speed broadband deployment in Tennessee
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12/10/2021   Post a comment
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) and United Communications are collaborating to expand broadband access to underserved areas across Middle Tennessee.
Starry now deploying network tech in 24GHz band
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12/9/2021   Post a comment
Starry is now manufacturing and deploying its next-generation network technology for use in the 24GHz band.
Bluepeak announces $6M fiber build in Elk City, Oklahoma
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12/8/2021   Post a comment
The approximate $6 million expansion effort will bring Bluepeak service to nearly 6,000 residences and businesses in Elk City.
Andesat, Astranis to expand broadband in Peru
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12/7/2021   Post a comment
First communications satellite dedicated to serving Peru will provide broadband access to roughly 3 million people.
IEEE names first winners of Connecting the Unconnected Challenge
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12/7/2021   Post a comment
Competition seeks novel solutions for affordable Internet access, since nearly half of the world's population is currently unconnected.
Wire 3 announces equity financing from Guggenheim Investments
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12/7/2021   Post a comment
Equity financing to fuel fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) expansion in Florida markets including Volusia and Brevard Counties.
Jessica Rosenworcel confirmed as FCC chair
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12/7/2021   Post a comment
The US Senate voted to confirm her nomination to serve as an agency Commissioner for an additional five-year term.
C Spire Fiber starts network construction in Homewood, Alabama
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12/6/2021   Post a comment
Firm to begin construction on its next-generation broadband Internet, related services in north Alabama.
Konnect Africa, Vodacom to bring broadband to Tanzania's unserved
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12/2/2021   Post a comment
Eutelsat and Vodacom Tanzania PLC have signed an agreement for packaged services to bring connectivity to underserved regions of Tanzania.
FBA announces call for speakers and program for Fiber Connect 2022
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12/2/2021   Post a comment
New in 2022, the program is designed to demonstrate the benefits fiber brings to communities as they look to leverage high-capacity services once the digital divide is closed.
Virgin Media O2 connects entire Scotland network to gigabit broadband
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12/1/2021   Post a comment
1.2 million homes across Scotland now have access to gigabit speeds on Virgin Media O2's broadband network.




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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.
Webinars
Thursday, August 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

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.

The discussion will cover:

  • Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
  • Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
  • How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
  • Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management

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