Also today in fixed-access broadband news, USDA kicks off ReConnect funding, Euskaltel names CFO, security researcher warns of insecurities for ACT broadband customers and Ofcom focuses on customer experience.
A Chinese court this month sentenced a fisherman, identified by only his surname Yang, to a seven-year jail sentence for breaking undersea fiber-optic cables, impacting 100,000 users for almost three days and costing China Telecom Hainan branch $384,000 in repairs. In January 2019, Yang's fishing net became snared in the cables and his boat was trapped, according to a statement by the Mellan District People's Court. Finding the cables were too heavy to loosen, Yang cut the cables to liberate his vessel and the cables fell to the ocean bed -- freeing the boat but ultimately costing Yang his liberty for the next several years.
Predators in the Deep
Undersea fiber-optic cables face many dangers, man-made and otherwise. (Both this and home-page image are for illustrative purposes only: Re-es)
The US Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service invested $48 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure for more than 22,600 rural households in Virginia via the USDA's ReConnect Pilot Program, the agency said on Thursday.
Spanish cable operator Euskaltel appointed Angel Olabuenaga Buron CFO, replacing Jon Anders de las Fuentes, who left the company. Buron is a 19-year veteran of multinational businesses, most recently as CFO-Latin America at sustainable energy company Vestas.
A security researcher is warning ACT broadband customers to change WiFi routers' default passwords to avoid being exposed to the open Internet, HuffPost India reported. ACT, a fast-growing operator in the area, set up at least two models of TP Link routers and D-Link routers so someone could easily access the router-management portal, steal log-in credentials, monitor traffic and block websites, said security researcher Karan Saini, who has discovered multiple bugs and vulnerabilities across various industry's sites, HuffPo India said.
UK regulator Ofcom is participating in a customer service initiative that gathers data from UK regulators across water, energy and banking as well as communications, which is Ofcom's focus. Subscribers to UK fixed and wireless broadband, landline and mobile services can search the database to see which operators are performing best (and worst). In the January 2020 Scorecard overall sub satisfaction with broadband hit 83%, although the number of participants was limited -- especially given the surge in altnets serving the UK today and their impact on fiber deployment.
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