Also, BT chooses a convergence partner, UK operators agree to be fair and Slovenian broadband gets a cash infusion.
New York Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sided with Microsoft's math, not the FCC's, when he called on the federal agency to investigate the state's "slow Internet," according to "local news reports on Sunday. The Democrat (who is not running for president -- at least yet) cited Microsoft's recently updated Connecting America report, which says about 162.8 million people in the US cannot access the Internet at broadband speeds, compared with the FCC estimate of 24.7 million. The FCC said New York consumers are not getting the FCC-mandated minimum speed of 25 Mbps. Said Schumer, according to the Post:
It’s like paying for the speed of a car but getting the speed of a bicycle.
BT selected various Juniper Networks' technologies and divisions to help the British incumbent transition to a convergence of fixed-line, WiFi and mobile services. The operator will use network orchestration from Contrail Networking, operational solutions from AppFormix and high-density data center switches from QFX Series.
Still in the UK, the nation's largest broadband, pay-TV and mobile providers have agreed to sign onto regulator Ofcom's Fairness for Customers program. This apparently toothless PR move is another route for subscriber complaints about pricing, outages and other common sore subjects.
More rural Slovenians will see high-speed broadband, courtesy of the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (CEBF), which will invest in an open access, FTTH network for residential, business and public administration customers for more than 240,000 locations. It's the third closed project by CEBF, which aims to help meet the European Gigabit Society objectives by investing in underserved areas with opportunities for profitability.
UK mobile operator will use its 5G spectrum to launch a fixed wireless access (FWA) service in London in August and plans to have that offer, plus mobile 5G services, in 25 UK cities by the end of this year.
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