The Federal Communications Commission is looking for a few good men and women to serve on its newly announced Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.
The council, unveiled today by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, will investigate how the country can accelerate broadband deployment and close the digital divide. The advisory committee will address subjects such as reforming the FCC's pole attachment rules; finding "unreasonable regulatory barriers" to high-speed Internet access and how to encourage local government participation. For example, a top priority will be to draft a "model code" for local franchising, zoning, permitting and rights-of-way, the FCC says.
"Building, upgrading, and deploying broadband networks isn't easy, and red tape often can make the task harder than it needs to be," said Pai in a statement. "Similarly, many localities that have a strong interest in promoting a digital economy within their borders may not have the resources or expertise to develop and implement deployment-friendly policies. Consumers ultimately pay the price in terms of less access to next-generation services."
FCC staff member Brian Hurley was named the committee's Designated Federal Officer; colleague Paul D'Ari is Deputy Designated Federal Officer.
Individuals or organizations wishing to be considered for committee membership must apply by Feb. 15. Ultimately, the advisory group is expected to include a "diverse set of stakeholders" drawn from candidates representing consumers and community groups, the communications industry and the spectrum of government, including Tribal officials, according to the FCC. The committee -- expected to last for two years -- plans to hold its first meeting this spring.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
As the pool of savvy, fiber-rich operators across the US rural and regional landscape wanes, the financial community will grow even more interested in acquiring or investing in them, a CoBank report says.
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.