Also, Atlantic Broadband strides into more gigabit country, NBN rejoices over HFC trial, UK agency reviews Inmarsat deal and a three-way partnership forms to advance cable in smart homes.
Google, Microsoft and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) want the FCC to allow incumbents to share C-band spectrum -- especially 3700 MHz and 4200 MHz -- a move that would bring broadband to up to 80 million more Americans, they said. This would enable fixed-wireless operators to use the spectrum band currently limited to incumbents, mainly satellite operators. Requests for spectrum-sharing are growing, but this proposal seeks to have new and existing providers in different geographies to use the same spectrum. Other spectrum-sharing approaches, like Microsoft's TV white spaces, grant fixed-wireless access by assigning gear to different channels within a band.
Private equity group Connect Bidco's planned $3.4 billion acquisition of satellite provider Inmarsat is being scrutinized by Britain's Competition and Markets Authority. The deal could raise public interest concerns, according to the CMA.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) and the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) are teaming up to drive standards creation and adoption, plus offer educational opportunities around cable network capabilities, smart home, smart cities and IoT services. By selecting cable's 10G as the basis of new construction, members get the high speed, low latency, highly reliable and highly secure services that make the "heart of intelligent buildings," said Chris Bastian, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering SCTE•ISBE.
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 strength of natural disasters like hurricanes is worsening, scientists say, and it's imperative that broadband infrastructures can withstand or be speedily repaired post-catastrophe, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers.
After suffering many quarters of financial and broadband subscriber losses, Frontier Communications' bond owners are ready for dramatic change – including a replacement for CEO Dan McCarthy (pictured), Bloomberg reports today, citing several sources.
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.