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Wi-Fi 6E set to open new doors for service providers
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6/11/2021   Post a comment
Wi-Fi 6 equipped with 6MHz spectrum will establish a 'VIP lane' for service providers, enabling them to match the speed and latency performance of their access networks and the customer's in-home network.
Starlink flirts with in-flight broadband market
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/10/2021   Post a comment
Satellite-powered broadband service provider is in talks with 'several' airlines about providing connectivity for in-flight W-Fi services.
US cable operators face rising fiber threat
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6/3/2021   Post a comment
Cable One, Comcast, Charter and Altice USA will all see a significant rise in competitive FTTH overlaps by 2025, according to a new forecast from MoffettNathanson.
Fixed wireless emerging as attractive alternative to DSL, AT&T CEO says
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5/25/2021   Post a comment
Fixed wireless presents a 'nice replacement' in DSL service areas that will likely not be targeted for FTTP upgrades, AT&T CEO John Stankey says.
Charter says a small portion of its RDOF wins don't pass the test
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5/18/2021   Post a comment
Cable operator tells the FCC that a deeper analysis finds that a few areas in four states are already served by broadband or are recipients of broadband-related funding.
DZS ready to play 'long ball' on network convergence
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5/13/2021   Post a comment
With integrations and recent acquisitions now behind it, DZS outlines a vision touching mobile transport, broadband access and network virtualization.
Altice USA gears up for 10-Gig speeds
Alan Breznick  
5/13/2021   Post a comment
Fourth-largest US cable operator aims to be '10-gig-ready' in the next 18 months, thanks to its aggressive FTTP upgrade strategy.
Frontier fixates on fiber amid plan to build FTTP to 495K locations in 2021
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5/4/2021   Post a comment
But exploring an MVNO deal that would enable Frontier to add mobile to the mix is 'an interesting idea' as the company moves ahead with its post-bankruptcy plan, executive board chairman John Stratton says.
Calix reports 59% revenue growth for Q1, driven by small customers
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4/28/2021   Post a comment
The communications cloud platform biz attributed its successful quarter to 'robust' demand and supply chain overperformance.
Frontier to exit Chapter 11 on April 30
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/28/2021   Post a comment
Frontier execs also on tap this week to discuss vision for the company as analysts continue to view Frontier as a tale of two markets – its 3 million FTTP homes and its 11 million copper homes.
Half of US public thinks local governments should build out broadband – report
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4/26/2021   Post a comment
But existing state laws still make it impossible in much of the country.
Senate Republicans propose $65B for broadband
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4/22/2021   Post a comment
President Biden wants to spend up to $100 billion to cross the digital divide. Some members of his opposition are proposing an alternative that's not too far off.
Frontier headed for stability, not stardom
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/19/2021   Post a comment
As it nears a Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit armed with a fiber upgrade plan, Frontier is poised to produce modest, rather than explosive, growth in the coming years, according to a new analyst report.
Nokia, NCTC forge fiber deal as RDOF buildouts loom
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4/15/2021   Post a comment
They claim deal provides 'tailored' fiber solutions and access to premier service programs for tech that can support multi-gigabit network, and the potential to add wireless networking to the mix.
Former AT&T exec joins Frontier as chief network officer
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4/13/2021   Post a comment
Veronica Bloodworth tapped to oversee company's network operations, including elements tied to Frontier's 'modernization plan.'
The billion dollar fight to cross the digital divide gets dirty
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4/8/2021   Post a comment
Some of the companies that won money in the FCC's RDOF program are facing a growing, noisy chorus of critics that argue they won't be able to meet their obligations.
netElastic stretches reach to Brazil and beyond
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4/8/2021   Post a comment
Silicon Valley startup signs up several small Brazilian ISPs for its virtual Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG), which helps service providers deliver speeds up to 1 gig.
Starlink's speed performance erratic of late
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4/7/2021   Post a comment
According to a new batch of Ookla Speedtest data, median speeds for the satellite broadband service temporarily dipped then climbed again. Meanwhile, the service's burst speeds appear to be on the rise.
Cable Next-Gen Tech returns digitally
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4/7/2021   Post a comment
For the second straight year, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half days in late April.
Cable's low-latency story opens a new chapter
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4/6/2021   Post a comment
Minim is the first supplier to get the green light from CableLabs for a DOCSIS 3.1 gateway that supports a new set of low-latency capabilities.
WideOpenWest picks Chicago for first data cap market
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4/6/2021   Post a comment
New policy for market will charge an extra $10 per 50GB of data when customers exceed their monthly limit. WOW is also offering a $30 unlimited option for 1-Gig packages.
Biden's big infrastructure plan bills broadband as 'the new electricity'
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3/31/2021   Post a comment
Broadband piece of the proposed $2 trillion plan also puts high-speed Internet subsidy programs on notice.
ADTRAN's compact fiber cabinet targets RDOF bonanza
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3/31/2021   Post a comment
Vendor says it already has commitments for the Total Access 5004 Micro-Cabinet, a product with big rural broadband ambitions.
The FCC wants to know how bad your broadband is
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3/23/2021   Post a comment
The FCC announced it will start collecting 'first-hand accounts on broadband availability and service quality directly from consumers.'
Comcast starts to ratchet up downstream speeds on select tiers
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3/11/2021   Post a comment
Upgrades, initially focused on MSO's Central division, will boost former 1-Gig service to 1.2 Gbit/s downstream, and raise speeds nationwide for its Internet Essentials and prepaid Internet products.
Podcast – The Divide: Upstream's Kostas Kastanis on offering 'free' Internet in Africa
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3/11/2021   Post a comment
This week, Kostas Kastanis, deputy CEO of Upstream, joins the show to discuss the digital divide in Africa and Upstream's ad-supported service Zero-D, which enables free Internet access for millions of mobile users in emerging markets.
Video streaming accounted for 71% of Comcast's downstream traffic in 2020
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3/3/2021   Post a comment
Cable operator used a mix of tools, including AI and machine learning, to optimize the access network during a pandemic that sparked a surge in data usage.
Operators in Australia and New Zealand get glimpse of post-pandemic broadband
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3/2/2021   Post a comment
Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.
Australian broadband wholesaler NBN has nowhere to go on pricing
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2/16/2021   Post a comment
NBN Co is reviewing prices – but won't make structural changes for at least two years, disappointing retail service providers.
Podcast – The Divide: Dr. Nicol Turner Lee on the 'digitally invisible'
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2/11/2021   Post a comment
This week: Brookings Senior Fellow Dr. Nicol Turner Lee on what she learned on her ten-city tour investigating the digital divide in the US.
Pressure builds for FCC to bring back net neutrality rules
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2/9/2021   Post a comment
Network neutrality advocates want the FCC to open a proceeding to reinstate broadband as a Title II service amid a pandemic that has amplified the need for broadband connectivity, particularly for low-income households.
Operators weigh next-gen network moves
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2/4/2021   Post a comment
Faced with an evolving competitive landscape, Schurz Broadband Group is debating whether to upgrade its HFC networks to next-gen DOCSIS technologies or to push ahead with FTTP.
Charter to spend $5B on rural broadband expansion
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2/1/2021   Post a comment
Charter plans to hire 2,000 contractors and employees to facilitate the buildout, but says speed of deployment hinges on pole-permitting and other 'external factors.'
Comcast added nearly 2M more broadband customers last year
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1/29/2021   Post a comment
The cable provider also added another 246,000 Xfinity Mobile lines in Q4 2020, as broadband and mobile wins helped offset pay-TV subscriber losses.
Google Fiber ramps reach of 2-Gig service
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/27/2021   Post a comment
Expansion of new $100 per month service to Atlanta and Utah follows earlier rollouts in Nashville and Huntsville.
BBWN Bites: Pop goes Loon
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1/22/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Outgoing FCC chair releases 'confounding' report; SHLB announces policy agenda; Rogers ranked 'most consistent' by Ookla.
Podcast – The Divide: Pew's Anna Read on state efforts to close the gap
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1/21/2021   Post a comment
This week: Anna Read, research officer with the broadband research initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts, discusses ongoing challenges to broadband access and how state programs and public-private partnerships are making a difference.
Charter yanks petition to drop ban on data caps
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1/20/2021   Post a comment
Large US cable operator has dropped an FCC petition to put an early end to condition that bans Charter from implementing usage-based data policies and cutting paid peering deals.
BBWN Bites: 2.2 billion children, youths lack Internet at home – report
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1/15/2021   Post a comment
Also in today's roundup: UK gets Starlink; US House Democrats demand answers from ISPs; Wisconsin and New York governors share broadband proposals at 'State of the State.'
Gigabit market on pace for continued growth in 2021 – report
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12/23/2020   1 comment
A new report from Omdia projects growth for the global gigabit market next year but warns providers to prioritize reliable service over ultra-high speeds.
Broadband gets $7B in new COVID-19 relief bill
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12/21/2020   1 comment
The funding includes a $3.2 billion emergency broadband benefit for anyone laid off or furloughed during the pandemic.
US ISPs add 1.32M subs in Q3 2020
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable once again led growth in the quarter, but a top industry analyst expects the rate of broadband sub growth to slow in 2021.
CommScope launches cable network upstream booster
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/14/2020   Post a comment
New transmitter and receiver support 'high-split' upgrades that raise the HFC network's upstream capacity to 204MHz, setting a path for cable operators to deliver symmetrical 1-Gig on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.
Mediacom sues West Des Moines over Google Fiber deal
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/11/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator alleges that the city council improperly used taxpayer-backed bonds to build a multi-million conduit network for the exclusive use of Google Fiber.
Verizon and CFU lead as Frontier and AT&T lag the field in online gaming
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/10/2020   2 comments
New PCMag study shows which ISPs – both big and small – are tops in latency and jitter performance.
RDOF round one: Winners and losers
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/8/2020   Post a comment
Auction results were 'quite bad' for incumbent telcos as Charter and SpaceX cleaned up, analyst says.
Comcast extends COVID-19 commitments through June 2021
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/7/2020   Post a comment
Cable op will continue to provide 60 days of free access to new Internet Essentials customers, along with free access to 1.5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots through mid-2021.
Comcast to go national with broadband cap
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/23/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator is bringing its usage-based residential broadband data policies and unlimited data option to the northeast, where it grapples with Verizon's cap-free Fios service in certain markets.
BBWN Bites: Q3 saw most broadband gains since 2009 – report
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11/20/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Viasat bets on European broadband; Nokia intros 25G PON; signs of broadband boost under President-elect Biden.
Podcast: What's the story with satellite broadband?
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11/17/2020   Post a comment
This week: Jeff Baumgartner on the state of satellite broadband and what differentiates existing competitors.
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A budget of $61 billion to $118 billion would enable the US to bring 1-Gig to all locations that get less than 100/20 Mbit/s service that aren't tied to RDOF phase I, ACA Connects/Cartesian study finds.
Satellite-powered broadband service provider is in talks with 'several' airlines about providing connectivity for in-flight W-Fi services.
As operators mull plans for future DOCSIS 4.0 deployments, many are considering expanding the upstream to 396MHz, a move that would deliver upstream speeds of about 3 Gbit/s, CommScope exec says.
Set for launch in early 2022, ViaSat-3 will cover the Americas and represent the first in a set of new satellites that will eventually deliver global coverage.
The UK is bustling with companies eager to build the next generation of broadband networks in what looks like a potentially nasty development for BT.
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