Republican members of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today laid out four resolutions that kick off the federal government's legislative process for improving broadband infrastructure in the United States.
Chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the subcommittee (a.k.a. SubCommTech) measures will remove barriers to build-out, support innovation and focus on communities with little or limited high-speed broadband, members said in a release.
The four resolutions are:
Direct broadband infrastructure spending toward regions that are currently under-served -- Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
Make certain federal policy treats all broadband providers in a "technology neutral manner," using consistent laws to support innovation -- Bob Latta (Chairman, Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection)
Give wireless broadband infrastructure funding preference to those states that support "small cell siting reform" to simplify and accelerate permitting processes -- Richard Hudson (R-NC)
Coordinate and reconcile federal, state and local tax, regulatory, permitting and other requirements to "maximize the benefits of broadband investment" -- Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
These resolutions help create a foundation for future legislation, said Blackburn. However, the statement did not address the Federal Communications Commission's anticipated move to dramatically lower the definition of acceptable broadband speed by including a wireless broadband specification to determine whether unserved and underserved regions are still eligible to receive broadband funding. (See FCC to Shrink Digital Divide – Without Expanding Broadband.)
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.
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