The Federal Communications Commission today requested public feedback into steps it can take to accelerate broadband deployment and tenant choice within multi-dwelling units (MDUs). The FCC is also seeking comment on the impact common agreements between operators and building owners have on next-generation networks.
By addressing MDUs -- which the FCC calls multiple tenant environments (MTEs) and interprets to include both dwellings and working buildings -- the US can close part of the digital divide, according to the agency. (Typically, fixed access vendors also include dorms, barracks and other constructs where multiple individuals or families reside within the general MDU category.) Almost 30% of the US population lives in condos and apartments, the agency said, with millions more working in office buildings.
Given the complexities and cost associated with deploying infrastructure, network operators often want exclusivity or some kind of market advantage if they invest in an MDU rollout. But, the FCC said, if providers know they must share those communication facilities with competitors they're less likely to invest in deployment. To further encourage investment in MTEs and increase consumer broadband choice, the FCC unveiled three steps:
Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM): The FCC wants public input on additional actions it can take to speed up broadband networks and services, especially comments on the effects on competitors and deployments of revenue-sharing agreements between owners and providers, exclusivity regarding rooftop facilities and single-provider wiring arrangements.
Declaratory ruling: The Commission clarified that it wants state and local experimentation to increase MTE access as long as these acts abide by federal law and policy
San Fran Sharing: The FCC preempted part of a San Francisco ordinance that required sharing in-use wiring in MTEs, a mandate that "deters deters broadband deployment, undercuts the Commission’s rules regarding control of cable wiring in residential MTEs, and threatens the Commission’s framework to protect the technical integrity of cable systems for the benefit of viewers," the FCC wrote.
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.
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