Also today, Italy's Open Fiber and Wind Tre expand partnership, FCC considers whether SVoD is "effective competition" to Charter, Vodafone Germany gets even gig-ier and CBizz has a new name but nothing else changes.
Italian operators Wind Tre and Open Fiber expanded their partnership to deliver FTTH access. Wind Tre today can access wholesaler Open Fiber's infrastructure to reach Italy's 271 largest metro areas, and this week announced a deal to add more than 7,000 municipalities in areas with little or no broadband access. Open Fiber is targeting these regions under state-subsidized deployments, according to TeleGeography. The wholesaler recently launched broadband services in 70 of these so-called "white areas," which went from little to no connectivity to gigabit speeds.
A Question of Competition
The FCC will vote in three weeks to decide whether streaming services from providers like AT&T are "effective competition" to cable operators like Comcast. (Photo source: Pixabay)
The FCC is acting on Charter's claim the provider competes with AT&T's streaming service in Hawaii and Massachusetts, two of the last US areas where cable-rate regulation remains. On October 3, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the Commission will vote in three weeks on whether streaming services are "effective competition" to cable operators. If approved, the agency would deregulate operators like Charter and Comcast in regions with limited competition, eliminating the current SVoD-only category. That would immediately morph streamers into direct competitors with cable TV companies. "Adopting this order would be a major step toward the Commission recognizing the realities of the modern video marketplace, and the increasingly important role that streaming services are playing in it," Pai said, in a statement.
Vodafone Germany's gigabit-capable network now reaches 10.9 million households, putting it well underway toward a goal of 25 million-plus premises by 2022. Today, almost 21 million homes can access 500 Mbit/s, 22.7 million homes can tap into 400 Mbit/s and 23.9 million residences can get 200 Mbit/s speeds via its fixed-access broadband infrastructure, the operator said.
Beginning Nov. 1, Dutch fiber-optic provider CBizz and its Your Fiber Brand will operate under the Delta Business name. In early 2019, Delta Fiber Netherlands acquired CBizz, which specializes in providing fiber optic infrastructure to business parks and developments. The name change will have no impact on existing services or customers, and contracts remain unchanged, CBizz stressed in a statement. "The services are provided over the same network by the same trusted, one team," the company 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.
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