There's a regulatory battle heating up between local municipalities and utilities on one side and national broadband providers on the other, each side vying to deliver Internet access and services to underserved and rural areas.
Although Pew Research finds 70% of Americans believe local government should build their own broadband networks if commercial operators' services are too expensive or inadequate, several states are taking legislative steps to limit broadband participation to established players.
In a recent survey, only 27% of respondents say municipal broadband networks should not be allowed, according to the recent Pew Research survey.
But last week, Tennessee, for example, sent the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017 to the governor's desk. The bill, which Gov. Bill Haslam is widely expected to sign, sends taxpayer funds to large service providers for basic infrastructure. The state's legislators defeated another bill that would have relied on the local electric utility to expand, at no cost to taxpayers, its existing gigabit fiber network using its own money or private loans; the company then would charge subscribers for Internet service.
Similar efforts cropped up in Virginia and Colorado, reported the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, "[formed] to create the policies needed to ensure telecommunications networks serve the community rather than a community serving the network."
"We believe that the decisions about how to expand and improve Internet access are best made by local governments, who are most informed about their communities' needs and challenges," said Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative at ILSR, in a statement.
In response to some individual states' moves to place broadband implementations solely in the hands of well-established providers such as AT&T and Comcast, a group of five senators -- including Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward Markey (D-MA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Angus King (I-ME), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) -- in March introduced the Community Broadband Act of 2017. The bill is designed to empower cities to construct their own broadband networks.
STC, Comcast and NTT Communications are among the operators interested in using Cisco's Silicon One, part of the vendor's newly unveiled unified single silicon architecture for routers that is designed to slash testing costs and time.
Many Tier 1 MSOs have yet to choose between EPON and GPON, and their natural ties to IEEE standard-based technologies plus EPON's accelerated future timeline, could make this an attractive standard for large cable ops, ADTRAN engineering exec Jess Beihoffer tells BBWN.
The federal watchdog agency recommends the FCC consider eliminating the old cost-accounting program since it's more prone to fraud than the alternative reimbursement method among small, rural providers that receive about $2.5 billion annually to deploy broadband.
The ongoing debate around GPON vs EPON can get as heated as discussions around politics and religion, but both technologies offer some advantages over the other depending on the needs your network is servicing.
In this webinar, we will focus on the facts around the GPON vs EPON debate and how that technological decision is almost always made based on factors outside the technology itself.
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.