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Starry secures foothold in US broadband market
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless startup is taking a slow path to success, but Starry's base is growing by 10% per month and is poised to end 2020 with about 100,000 subs, an industry analyst says.
Viasat tees up LEO satellite broadband plan to reach rural US
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
It faces an uphill climb, but Viasat is exploring a plan to build 300 low-earth orbit satellites that could deliver low-latency broadband service and qualify for the US Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.
US cable still 'punching above its weight' against FTTH competition – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/28/2020   Post a comment
Cable ops continued to gain ground against broadband rivals in Q1 2020 amid the early stages of the pandemic and a recent surge in new household formation.
Comcast confirms commitment to Full Duplex DOCSIS
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/21/2020   Post a comment
The pandemic has caused the operator to redeploy some of its network engineering resources, but Comcast says it remains bullish on its FDX initiative.
'NextGen TV' poised to become a new broadband pipe
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/20/2020   Post a comment
FCC's Brendan Carr is proposing to remove regulatory overhangs that will help establish ATSC 3.0 as a 'Broadcast Internet' platform that can beam out 25 Mbit/s data streams.
How broadband networks could make room for 8K video
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/19/2020   Post a comment
Video engineers are already noodling on tools and encoding techniques that can lessen the strain on networks when pixel-packed 8K video comes on the scene in a much bigger way.
C Spire's rural broadband initiative casts its eyes on the skies
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/14/2020   Post a comment
Telesat has joined C Spire's initiative as it prepares to launch a network of hundreds of low Earth orbit satellites designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency broadband service.
Cable One gets a fix on wireless
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/12/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator says it has invested in two wireless ISPs to help it beam broadband service beyond the reach of its wired networks.
Broadband usage surged 47% in Q1 to 402.5 GB per user – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/4/2020   Post a comment
Data collected from ISPs during the pandemic also shows an exponential rise in power users that consume at least 1 terabyte per month.
COVID-19 data surge is wake-up call for cable's weak upstream
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable's lithe upstream pipe survived recent data spikes, but the increased demand is accelerating discussions about 'mid-splits' and other moves that would expand and augment the HFC upstream, CommScope exec says.
Comcast sees spike in 'xFi' usage
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/23/2020   Post a comment
During the pandemic, cable op said it's seen a 57% increase in people tapping into a digital dashboard that helps broadband customers manage – and even pause – their home Wi-Fi network.
Comcast: Network peak usage has plateaued in most markets
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/16/2020   Post a comment
New data fits in with what other US cable operators are seeing following initial spikes caused by increased residential broadband usage as millions hunkered down at home.
Frontier hopes to slash $10B in debt as it flips to Chapter 11
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/15/2020   1 comment
Struggling company says it has $1.1 billion in liquidity heading into pre-arranged restructuring.
Technicolor leans on lessons to strengthen supply chains during pandemic
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/14/2020   Post a comment
Use of C.A.R.T. principles, lessons from recent component shortages and trade wars have helped the key CPE vendor prepare for the supply chain challenges wrought by the COVID-19 crisis.
Peak upstream and downstream demand climbs at Charter
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/13/2020   Post a comment
Daytime Internet traffic in some homes has doubled or tripled from pre-pandemic levels, according to CTO Stephanie Mitchko-Beale.
US broadband usage starting to plateau – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/7/2020   Post a comment
Upstream usage is up just 2.3% and downstream usage is down almost 6% in monitored markets that are under stay-at-home orders, according to ISP data gathered from the week of March 30-April 3.
Frontier's fiber follies fed its financial fate
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/3/2020   Post a comment
As Frontier creeps toward a reorg and possible bankruptcy filing, the telecom says a 'significant under-investment' in fiber has put it behind the 8-ball.
Tracking the network data trends during the COVID-19 crisis
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/2/2020   Post a comment
NCTA, Comcast, Nokia and BroadbandNow relay updates on how broadband networks are coping with data surges as millions of consumers work, study and entertain themselves at home.
OneWeb turns to Chapter 11, seeks sale
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/30/2020   Post a comment
Satellite broadband startup says talks to fully fund the company through deployment and commercial launch fell through, citing the financial impact caused by the spread of COVID-19.
CableLabs takes another step towards 10G with DOCSIS 4.0 specs
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/26/2020   Post a comment
The new specs will support both Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD).
Trump signs Broadband DATA Act
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/24/2020   Post a comment
Initiative aims to improve FCC's outdated broadband maps, but Commission Chairman Ajit Pai warns it will be delayed unless Congress moves quickly to fully fund it.
Say hello to Ziply Fiber
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/20/2020   Post a comment
That'll be the new brand for the northwest operations of Frontier Communications soon to be acquired by WaveDivision Capital.
COVID-19: More ISPs relax data caps to help customers
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
But consumer groups urge all broadband service providers to put their usage-based data policies on ice.
US Senate stamps Broadband DATA Act
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Organizations applaud passing of act aimed at fixing outdated broadband maps illustrating who has – and who lacks – access to high-speed Internet service.
PON OLT momentum a bright spot in dim broadband access market
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
PON OLT revenues surged 16% in 2019 while the cable access network market dropped 30%, according to Dell'Oro.
US cable must be wary of emerging broadband threats
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless broadband is 'most important threat' facing cable broadband while new satellite-based options should be met with a cautious eye, analyst says.
Charter to splash out $10M for new small business-focused fund
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/27/2020   Post a comment
New Spectrum Community Investment Local Fund focuses on small businesses in underserved parts of Charter's footprint.
Charter dinged $18.8M to settle California broadband speed suit
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/21/2020   Post a comment
Allegations center on Time Warner Cable's use of deceptive and misleading practices to get thousands of customers to buy high-speed tiers the operator couldn't deliver.
Common Networks brings 802.11ay to rooftops
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/18/2020   Post a comment
Wireless ISP says its rooftop hardware, equipped with 802.11ay technology, will enable it to offer Gigabit broadband services in the California Bay Area later this year.
Viasat touts ARPU growth over broadband subscriber gains
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/7/2020   Post a comment
Viasat notched record ARPU for its US consumer satellite broadband service in fiscal Q3 as subscribers opted for speedier, more expensive tiers.
'Cable Haunt' Modem Threat Gets Fixes
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/27/2020   Post a comment
Vulnerability will 'forever change the security of cable modems,' a DOCSIS and telecom engineering veteran predicts.
Altice USA Fiber Upgrade Rolls to 500K Homes
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/6/2019   Post a comment
Following an acceleration of network construction, Altice USA's FTTP deployment now spans 10% of its Optimum footprint that covers parts of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
WOW Sharpens Sub Growth Using Network 'Edge-Outs'
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/4/2019   Post a comment
Competitive cable operator also generating some operational benefits from its new whole-home WiFi offer.
FCC: 2017 Data Shows DOCSIS, FTTH Bandwidth Boost
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/29/2019   3 comments
The FCC's look at data from almost two years ago finds that US broadband connections pumping out at least 100 Mbit/s downstream climbed dramatically.
Chaos Cuffs Cable's Access Network Players
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/26/2019   7 comments
Disruption among leading vendors is rampant as cable operators contemplate their next moves and as the industry pushes ahead with DOCSIS 4.0.
Study Crashes Broadband's ARPU Party
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/22/2019   14 comments
Findings from university researchers and The Wall Street Journal indicate that many US homes are overpaying for broadband.
FTTP or Next-Gen HFC? It's Complicated
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/21/2019   9 comments
As cable operators weigh construction costs, the potential for service disruptions, training needs and network maintenance, the decision on which path to take isn't so straightforward anymore.
Comcast: 15-Meg Hits 'Sweet Spot' for Internet Essentials Program
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/7/2019   11 comments
Cable operator's program for low-income households has sufficient speeds to support the needs of students, veterans, seniors and other consumers who qualify for the $9.95/month offering.
Bill Targets Rural Broadband With $5B in Matching Grants
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/28/2019   14 comments
Two US Senators introduce the American Broadband Buildout Act of 2019, targeting 'unserved' areas and aimed at protecting against overbuilds in areas where sufficient broadband already exists.
DOCSIS Is Go for '4.0'
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/24/2019   15 comments
New specs will repack recent additions of DOCSIS 3.1 and tack on new capabilities, including support of services up to 1.8GHz.
FCC Lets Loose Another Wave of Rural Broadband Funding
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/10/2019   10 comments
Authorization of $166.8 million over next decade earmarked for 60,850 unserved rural homes and businesses across 22 states.
Cox Plays the Low-Latency Game
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/26/2019   12 comments
Cable operator claims that test of premium 'Cox Elite Gamer' service doesn't prioritize packets, steers clear of net neutrality concerns.
Economics for Verizon's '5G Home' Might Not Add Up
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/20/2019   19 comments
Spotty coverage and low penetration rates in Sacramento suggest that Verizon will have a tough time getting an attractive return on fixed wireless broadband service, analyst finds.
New Household Formation Fuels US Broadband Gains
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/7/2019   13 comments
Market share trends still help to paint the big picture, but new household formation accounted for 44% of all US broadband subscriber net adds in 2019, analyst says.
DAA Upgrades Could Bring Boon to Cable Vendors
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/21/2019   17 comments
Sales of cable broadband access infrastructure will rise to $2 billion in 2023, Dell'Oro predicts in a new broadband access network spending forecast.
LeoSat Plots Plans for Orbital, High-Capacity Backbone
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/12/2019   16 comments
But startup will need to finalize its satellite design, secure more funding and cut through the regulatory red tape before its vision to rival terrestrial fiber networks can (literally) get off the ground.
T-Mobile Tilts Toward In-Home TV/Broadband Service Blend
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/7/2019   12 comments
Company's new, 'reimagined' pay-TV service and home wireless broadband efforts are starting out separately, but will eventually be fused into bundles.
Charter's Stock Pops As 2019 Cable Capex is Poised to Plummet
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/31/2019   13 comments
In wake of its DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade completion and lower spending on set-tops and other CPE, Charter expects cable capex to fall to $7 billion in 2019, almost $2 billion less than what it spent in 2018.




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