Industry Announcements
Content posted in April 2021
FTTH provider Hotwire gets Blackstone investment
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4/30/2021   Post a comment
Blackstone has invested an unspecified sum into Hotwire Communications, which operates a fiber network across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Viasat completes purchase of Euro Broadband Infrastructure Sàrl
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4/30/2021   Post a comment
Viasat completes acquisition of remaining stake in its European broadband joint venture, inclusive of the KA-SAT satellite and ground assets.
FCC to start Emergency Broadband Benefit Program May 12
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4/29/2021   Post a comment
As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider.
MetroNet opens first storefront in Florida
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4/29/2021   Post a comment
The Tallahassee storefront will allow customers to learn more about 100% fiber optic connections to their home or business.
Cambium releases new switches for multi-gigabit fixed wireless providers
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4/29/2021   Post a comment
Single box solution with automated configuration and reduced cabling requirements simplifies tower deployment and improves efficiency.
Eir expands gigabit fiber network across Ireland
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4/28/2021   Post a comment
Eir's gigabit fiber network is now available to customers in 79 towns and villages across Ireland.
REC Philly teams with Comcast Business to help local entrepreneurs stay connected
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4/28/2021   Post a comment
Comcast Business has provided 25 local entrepreneurs with one-year REC memberships, allowing access to REC's resources through the Internet.
Cox Communications to acquire Segra
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4/27/2021   Post a comment
Cox has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Segra, one of the largest privately held fiber infrastructure providers in the US.
Eutelsat to invest $550M in OneWeb
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4/27/2021   Post a comment
Eutelsat will invest $550 million in OneWeb, with closing expected in the second half of 2021 subject to regulatory authorizations.
RDOF recipient PAC Fiber picks ADTRAN's Combo PON for broadband expansion
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4/27/2021   Post a comment
PAC is the latest RDOF recipient to leverage advanced Combo PON technology to bridge the broadband gap for the agricultural community.
AT&T boosts fiber plan speeds
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4/26/2021   Post a comment
AT&T said it will raise the speeds available on its fiber-powered broadband service plans.
OneWeb confirms successful sixth launch
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4/26/2021   Post a comment
OneWeb confirms successful launch and contact with all 36 satellites, bringing total in-orbit constellation to 182 satellites.
Hyperoptic partners with Hackney Council to extend fiber footprint
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4/23/2021   Post a comment
Hyperoptic continues drive to Gigabit London with rollout in Hackney.
Talk Straight leverages ADTRAN's fixed wireless solution for UK broadband
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4/22/2021   Post a comment
ISP builds new revenue stream and quickly extends gigabit connectivity to broadband-starved residents.
TalkTalk launches full fiber broadband in Ipswich
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4/21/2021   Post a comment
TalkTalk is ramping up its full fiber expansion, bringing packages with average top speeds of 506 Mbit/s to homes across Ipswich.
Kwikbit to deliver wireless broadband to Los Angeles County Boys and Girls Clubs
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4/20/2021   Post a comment
Wireless provider Kwikbit is working with Los Angeles County Boys and Girls Clubs to address the digital divide.
Virgin Media delivers 2.2 Gbit/s in innovation trials
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4/20/2021   Post a comment
Virgin Media's trials in Southampton and Manchester deliver multi-gigabit broadband speeds of 2.2 Gbit/s.
CityFibre begins £60M fiber build in Blackpool
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4/19/2021   Post a comment
The overall project is expected to reach completion by 2024 with service to become available to people sooner.
Cox Business brings high-speed fiber connectivity to historical Jamestowne Island
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4/16/2021   Post a comment
30,000 students from 175 schools in 27 states have experienced the immersive demonstration powered by the new optical fiber connectivity.
MetroNet and City of Ankeny partner to build 100% fiber network
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4/15/2021   Post a comment
MetroNet will invest more than $15 million in the city and surrounding community while bringing fiber-to-the-home directly to residents.
Calix helps Internet cooperative reduce support call duration by 80%
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4/15/2021   Post a comment
Leading Ohio-based cooperative rolls out premium broadband and Wi-Fi 6 services with the Calix Revenue EDGE.
WAV and viaPhoton partner to support fiber broadband networks
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4/15/2021   Post a comment
The WAV/viaPhoton partnership was formed to help customers meet their deployment schedules.
AT&T makes $2B commitment to help bridge digital divide
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4/14/2021   Post a comment
AT&T announced it will invest $2 billion over the next three years to help address the digital divide.
Openreach taps STL to help build new UK full fiber network
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4/14/2021   Post a comment
Openreach partners with India-based STL to deliver millions of kilometers of optical fiber cable.
MLGC teams with Calix on next-generation multigigabit network
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4/13/2021   Post a comment
MLGC becomes first broadband service provider in North Dakota to deploy a simplified network that can extend 5-gigabit service to subscribers.
Kinetic brings gigabit broadband to Greene County
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4/13/2021   Post a comment
Kinetic by Windstream announced two new projects to bring gigabit speeds through broadband expansion in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
TIM completes fiber rollout in Friuli Venezia Giulia
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4/12/2021   Post a comment
TIM has completed the plan to provide ultrabroadband coverage via the FTTx network in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Cable One awarded $1.4M grant for broadband in Arkansas
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4/9/2021   Post a comment
Cable One receives $1.4 million to bring broadband to rural Arkansas communities of Ogden and Wilton.
Jurassic Fibre appoints Steve Garrood as Chief Commercial Officer
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4/8/2021   Post a comment
Steve Garrood will be responsible for driving profitable growth in sales from both residential and business customers.
Eutelsat will bring satellite broadband to New Zealand's Chatham Islands
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4/7/2021   Post a comment
Eutelsat will support the Rural Connectivity Group in delivering an upgraded telecommunications network to the islands, under the New Zealand government's Rural Broadband Initiative Phase 2.
GiGstreem secures $50M investment to deploy gigabit Wi-Fi for US properties
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4/7/2021   Post a comment
Funding will help meet remote work-fueled demand for property-wide Internet coverage at hundreds of properties across the US.
MetroNet partners with Hickory, North Carolina, on fiber network
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4/7/2021   Post a comment
MetroNet will invest more than $36 million in the city and surrounding community while bringing FTTH to residents.
HughesNet expands in Puerto Rico
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4/6/2021   Post a comment
Hughes Network Systems has secured additional capacity over Puerto Rico for its HughesNet satellite Internet service.
Alpha Wireless equips Nextlink to accelerate broadband across midwestern US
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4/6/2021   Post a comment
The large-scale, private LTE network deployment using the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum helps Nextlink reduce the costs of rural broadband provision while increasing performance.
Hyperoptic names Richard Woodward as CFO
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4/6/2021   Post a comment
Hyperoptic, a leading UK full fiber broadband provider, says it has appointed Richard Woodward as its new CFO.
Atlantic Broadband brings together Stagwell team to support growth
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4/5/2021   Post a comment
The team will focus on enabling a holistic transformation putting the customer at the center of every interaction.
Tilson brings up to 10 Gbit/s Internet to rural Vermont
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4/1/2021   Post a comment
Tilson Broadband to bring fiber optic Internet service to the towns of Danville, Lunenburg and St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Calix conducts 20 millionth FCC broadband performance test
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4/1/2021   Post a comment
Calix has completed more than 20 million tests with its comprehensive Broadband Performance Testing solution.
ADTRAN appoints industry veteran Todd Gandy to focus on federal agencies
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4/1/2021   Post a comment
ADTRAN has appointed Todd Gandy to lead the company's expanded focus on federal and state government agencies.




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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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