Last week, Broadband World News joined the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for an event focused on the digital divide in the US – including its impact on students and the US workforce – and how funds and programs in the bipartisan infrastructure law are poised to make a difference.
You can watch the event below, including a fireside chat featuring Larry Irving, president of the Irving Group and former NTIA administrator under President Bill Clinton. Irving is also known for coining the phrase "digital divide."
That's followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Broadband World News site editor Nicole Ferraro, and featuring: Ji Soo Song, broadband advisor at the US Department of Education; Heather Gate, vice president of digital inclusion for Connected Nation and chair of the FCC's Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC); Rosemary Lahasky, senior director, government affairs, Cengage Group; and Michael Calabrese, director, wireless future program and senior research fellow OTI, New America Foundation.
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.
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.
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