Depending on your frame of reference, "infrastructure" means roads and bridges or the myriad solutions that make networks hum. Today, the US faces an unprecedented opportunity to combine physical and communications infrastructure upgrades as the foundation of a smart, connected society, a panel of cable, government and telecommunications professionals agreed.
During "Broadband First: Investing in America's Infrastructure," a summit held at the National Press Club and online, participants addressed separate plans outlined by President Donald Trump and Democrats to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. But rather than simply replace aging highways, tunnels and streets with new tarmac, government agencies should incorporate Internet of Things and future-facing devices such as sensors, smart traffic lights and highway signs, said Marty Rubin, president and CEO of Smart City during a panel discussion moderated by Robert Hunt, USTelecom chairman and vice president, regulatory affairs and business operations, at Smithson Valley, Texas-basedGVTC .
"We should not waste the trillion dollars on yesterday's way of building infrastructure," said Rubin.
In fact, integrating broadband is essential to the nation's future, said Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) . As automakers continue their investments in connected cars, municipalities must add intelligence to their streets, parking garages, and indeed, throughout their communities, he said.
"The modern world, we know, is not just connected by asphalt and air strips, but today it's also connected by ones and zeroes. Many believe a major push on infrastructure holds out the greatest hope for meaningful, bi-partisan progress in our country," said Spalter. "And it's essential that this push include broadband. Shoring up aging brick and mortar infrastructure clearly is essential to maintaining our country's safety, economic vitality and health. But only by smartly connecting the dots between what is really a largely analog effort and US digital infrastructure can we achieve the national outcomes that truly would be transformative for our country."
Other participating executives included Mark Jamison, an advisor to the Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC) transition team, visiting Fellow with American Enterprise Institute's Center for Internet, Communication, and Technology, as well as director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida; Kathleen Abernathy, executive vice president at Frontier Communications;
David Redl – chief counsel, communications and technology counsel, Committee on Energy and Commerce; and Eric Small, vice president of Commercial and MDU solutions at AT&T.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.