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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 8/5/2022
This week in broadband builds: Charter and Windstream win in North Carolina; Comcast gets $10 million in Maryland; Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s; Internet Society awards EPIC grants. Plus construction and launches from Fidium Fiber, Brightspeed, Metronet and more.
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 8/5/2022
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.
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 8/3/2022
Consolidated Communications achieved net-positive broadband connections for the first time in seven years and disclosed a $490 million plan to sell its stake in five wireless partnerships to fund its fiber build.
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 8/1/2022
As Yellowstone Fiber builds out its open access network in Gallatin County, Montana, the company is now looking to ARPA and BEAD grants to reach the most unserved parts of the region.
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 7/28/2022
This week in broadband builds: Starry goes to Vegas; USDA doles out $401M; Florida co-op enlists Conexon; AT&T, Comcast, Charter get GUMBO grants; Consolidated's construction in Ellensburg, Washington; Metronet declares Greencastle a 'gigabit city'; Brightspeed's plans for Pennsylvania.
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 7/27/2022
While NTIA's notice of funding opportunity prioritizes fiber builds for those applying for BEAD grants, a 'high-cost threshold' exception has been a point of concern for fiber advocates.
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 7/26/2022
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.'
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 7/21/2022
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered an investigation into LTD's status as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), putting more of its RDOF dollars at risk.
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 7/19/2022
This week in broadband builds: Mercury Broadband's RDOF plans; Spectrum live in Dona Ana; SiFi, Google Fiber to build Mesa open access network; Fidium live in Concord; Brightspeed's Missouri build.
Perspectives: Opinion & Commentary
Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, 7/5/2022
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.
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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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