Also today: gigabit broadband access passes nearly one in five people in the US, Roku and Amazon split the streaming media device market and Ofcom finds most subscribers are satisfied.
Nathan Smith, who helped develop the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, assumed the role of Broadband Manager today, in addition to his current role as research director at the Arkansas Department of Commerce. With no change in salary or resources, Smith will be asked to lead Governor Asa Hutchinson's efforts to deploy high-speed broadband to all Arkansas communities with more than 500 residents by 2022. Good luck!
Broadband on His Mind
An architect of the state's broadband plan, as broadband manager Nathan Smith now will oversee the deployment of these ideas.
Only 19.7% of the US population has access to gigabit fixed-access Internet, according to a new quarterly report from BroadbandNow, which tracks publicly available providers' plan data. Half the US population could connect at 500 Mbps and 90.3% have access to wired speeds of 100 Mbps, the report found. Affordability, however, is another matter, according to BroadbandNow: Less than 50% of the US populace has high-speed, fixed-access broadband for less than $60 per month, it said.
The streaming media player market is flattening: 39% of US broadband households own one of these devices, up a mere 1% from last year, according to Parks Associates research released today. Roku and Amazon account for almost 70% of the US market. Between 1Q 2017 and 1Q 2019, Roku's share grew from 37% to 39%, while Amazon's Fire TV increased from 24% to 30%, Park Associates said. Because sales have flattened, device manufacturers may need to change strategies and focus on services and advertising instead of hardware, the research firm noted.
British regulatory agency Ofcom found the total volume of complaints per 100,000 subscribers for fixed broadband, landline and mobile decreased in the first quarter of this year, compared with Q1 and Q4 2018. Overall, consumers were happy with their services last year, Ofcom said, and most contacted operators if a problem arose. "The proportion of people who were satisfied with their communications services in 2018 was 86% for landline services, 83% for broadband services and 93% for all mobile services," the report noted.
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.