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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 8/2/2022
SpaceX and Viasat both cited speed test data in their latest opposing arguments to the FCC on whether Starlink's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund bids should be approved.
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Mike Dano, Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, 6/29/2022
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.
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Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Light Reading, 6/7/2022
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.
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Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Light Reading, 6/1/2022
A delay on the first of three new high-capacity satellites poised to provide global coverage will briefly push out Viasat's plan to add critical capacity to its residential satellite broadband service.
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Ken Wieland, contributing editor, 5/30/2022
National telecoms regulator awards VAS license to Elon Musk's LEO satellite broadband company.
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Matshepo Sehloho, Associate Editor, Connecting Africa , 5/26/2022
New gateway will extend satellite coverage to Senegal as well as its West African neighbors of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia and Liberia.
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Anne Morris, Contributing Editor, Light Reading, 4/7/2022
Conseil d'État revokes Arcep's 2021 decision to grant frequencies to Elon Musk's Starlink.
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Nicole Ferraro, Editor, Light Reading; Host of "The Divide" podcast, 4/6/2022
Amazon progressed in its effort to join the satellite broadband club with news that it has inked deals with three rocket companies for up to 83 Project Kuiper launches over five years.
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Ken Wieland, contributing editor, 4/5/2022
Using Elon Musk's satellite constellation as a transport network, the operator said it restored 2G/4G services in Irpin and Romanivka.
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.
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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