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'Robust' broadband choice squashes need for regulation, says trade group
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6/23/2022   Post a comment
Study from ACA Connects argues that the case for new regulations has 'vanished' amid 'robust' broadband growth and competition.
The Divide: Ready's Scott Woods on what NTIA got right and wrong with BEAD
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6/23/2022   Post a comment
Scott Woods, VP of community engagement at Ready, and a former NTIA official, joins the podcast to discuss the federal government's broadband grants and how Ready is helping ISPs prepare for funding opportunities.
LTD bails on RDOF buildout in California
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6/22/2022   Post a comment
LTD was the big winner in the FCC's RDOF program. But 18 months later, the company still has not received any money through the effort. Now, it is exiting the California market.
Broadband administration jobs abound across US
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6/22/2022   Post a comment
Federal, state and local offices are hiring for a range of positions to manage billions of dollars in broadband grants.
Utility operators see a future in fiber broadband
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6/21/2022   Post a comment
Panelists from utility providers joined the Fiber Broadband Association to discuss benefits of deploying fiber and where they see their role in closing the digital divide.
ConnectMaine's Peggy Schaffer on the challenges with federal funding
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6/20/2022   Post a comment
Peggy Schaffer, executive director of ConnectMaine, discusses the work her team has done to tackle Maine's digital divide, and the pressure ramping up on state offices as they prepare to apply for billions in federal broadband grants.
WISPs freak over guidelines that may exclude FWA in unlicensed spectrum
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6/20/2022   Post a comment
'Unlicensed spectrum remains a critical tool for closing the digital divide. Removing it from the proverbial toolkit will mean fewer providers at the table,' argued wireless Internet provider Nextlink.
Craighead Electric's Jeremiah Sloan on lighting up Arkansas with fiber
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6/17/2022   Post a comment
Jeremiah Sloan, CEO, Craighead Electric, discusses the co-op's work in rural Arkansas and a new partnership with electric co-ops across the state to deliver a wholesale fiber network.
Omdia's Julie Kunstler on how fiber is challenging the cable industry
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6/17/2022   Post a comment
Julie Kunstler, senior principal analyst at Omdia, discusses new broadband deployment strategies and the challenges facing the cable industry as fiber competition ramps up in the US.
FBA's Deborah Kish on the economic, social and safety benefits of building fiber
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6/16/2022   Post a comment
Deborah Kish, VP of research and workforce development at the Fiber Broadband Association, discusses the organization's research on how fiber deployments are improving communities and shares updates about OpTIC: the FBA's new fiber optic technician training program.
CostQuest counts 23-25M homes, businesses unserved or underserved by broadband
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6/15/2022   Post a comment
James Stegeman, CEO of CostQuest, discusses his company's work with the FCC on a forthcoming federal broadband map that will determine how billions in broadband grant funding gets divided amongst US states and territories.
EPB's Katie Espeseth on delivering the 'world's fastest Internet' in Chattanooga
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6/15/2022   Post a comment
Katie Espeseth, vice president at EPB, discusses progress the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has made with fiber delivery, how it's paved the way for economic growth and more.
Virginia's broadband director on using BEAD funding to close the digital divide
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the office of broadband for the state of Virginia, discusses how the state has ramped up broadband infrastructure investments over the years, its work on broadband mapping and how forthcoming BEAD funding can help the state expand its efforts to close the digital divide.
Netly Fiber gets terabit ready in California
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
Netly Fiber, an open access network founded in 2017, announced the completion of a two-year fiber build of its terabit-ready network in Solana Beach, California.
DZS CEO talks M&A, fiber funding and the need for 1-Gig broadband
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6/14/2022   Post a comment
DZS CEO Charlie Vogt talks about the influx of federal broadband funding and how his company is cutting costs for service providers by giving them more visibility into their customer networks.
Four forces driving 1-Gig as 'new global standard' – report
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6/13/2022   Post a comment
Consumer demand, operator technology upgrades, marketing and high levels of investment are all contributing to 1-Gig growth globally, says analyst firm Omdia.
NTIA chief defends broadband rules in Senate hearing
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6/10/2022   Post a comment
Broadband rules also drew criticism from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) which called NTIA's fiber focus 'contrary to Congress' tech-neutral design' of the infrastructure law.
Reliability paramount in home broadband, former Comcast CTO says
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6/9/2022   Post a comment
Multi-gigabit speeds to the home is on trend, but 'massive reliability' across every link in the local area network is critical, says Plume board appointee Tony Werner.
The Divide: Why Dryden, New York, chose municipal fiber
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6/9/2022   Post a comment
Jason Leifer, Dryden Town Supervisor; Ryan Garrison, director of technology at HUNT Engineers, Architects & Surveyors; and Gina Nienaber, director of portfolio marketing at Ciena, join the podcast to discuss Dryden Fiber: a new municipal fiber network being deployed in Tompkins County, New York.
Arkansas electric co-ops band together for bandwidth
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6/8/2022   Post a comment
Diamond State Networks, a collective of 13 electric cooperatives, hopes to become 'one of the biggest bandwidth aggregators in the country,' says Doug Maglothin, DSN's director of operations.
Hughes tries to bridge the digital divide in Mexico
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6/7/2022   Post a comment
Hughes Network Systems is teaming with a handful of partners to bring satellite broadband connectivity to more than 7,200 sites in rural, underserved parts of Mexico.
Cox to invest $400M in network to reach underserved areas
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6/6/2022   Post a comment
Network expansion has become the name of the game in an industry that's been grappling with a slowing pace of broadband subscriber growth.
GAO: US needs a national broadband strategy
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6/3/2022   Post a comment
A new study counts over 100 broadband programs administered by 15 agencies and calls the federal approach to closing the digital divide 'fragmented and overlapping.'
How broadband funds can help students and the US workforce
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6/2/2022   Post a comment
During an event hosted by SIIA, broadband and policy experts discussed how funds and programs in the infrastructure law can close the digital divide for students and workers. Watch the panel here, moderated by Broadband World News site editor Nicole Ferraro.
ViaSat-3 satellite service launch slips to early 2023
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6/1/2022   Post a comment
A delay on the first of three new high-capacity satellites poised to provide global coverage will briefly push out Viasat's plan to add critical capacity to its residential satellite broadband service.
Cable Next-Gen Europe returns online
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5/31/2022   Post a comment
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
All systems go for Starlink in Philippines
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5/30/2022   Post a comment
National telecoms regulator awards VAS license to Elon Musk's LEO satellite broadband company.
Broadband line losses are BT's next worry
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5/30/2022   Post a comment
Unless dozens of UK altnets fail disastrously, BT is heading for a loss of broadband market share as the market shifts to fiber.
The Divide: WeLink's John Paul Farmer on bringing affordable broadband to cities
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5/27/2022   Post a comment
John Paul Farmer, chief innovation officer at WeLink Cities, and former CTO of New York City, joins the podcast to discuss the fixed wireless technology WeLink is using to deploy broadband and the company's new $100 million Cities Challenge.
Avanti Communications, Free in Senegal sign landmark satellite deal
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5/26/2022   Post a comment
New gateway will extend satellite coverage to Senegal as well as its West African neighbors of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia and Liberia.
FWA is not a short-term play, Verizon CFO says
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5/25/2022   Post a comment
Verizon has a path to adding spectrum to fixed wireless services as the connectivity and capacity needs of residential and business customers expand and evolve, Verizon's Matt Ellis says.
Alan Davidson: Broadband is 'this generation's infrastructure project'
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5/24/2022   Post a comment
NTIA's Alan Davidson shed more light on the recently released rules for $45 billion in broadband grants, addressing potential burdens on small providers, waivers for 'Buy American' rules and more.
Frontier accelerates 2022 fiber buildout by up to 20%
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5/23/2022   Post a comment
Revised plan is to exceed its 2022 buildout target of 1 million fiber locations by an additional 100,000 to 200,000 locations. Frontier is still on track to deploy FTTP to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.
The Divide: How rural electric co-ops like Tri-Co are closing deep broadband gaps
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5/20/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Elizabeth Page, national sales director at Ribbon Communications, and Aaron Young, chief operating officer at Tri-Co Connections, a fiber broadband provider in rural Pennsylvania powered by Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative.
Altice USA ramps up for 5-Gig service
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5/19/2022   Post a comment
Under its new Optimum Fiber brand, the third-biggest cable operator in the US plans to launch symmetrical 5-Gig and 2-Gig services over fiber in the New York metro area, starting in early June.
Clearfield aims to boost fiber supply with Nestor Cables acquisition
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5/18/2022   Post a comment
Company execs said the $23 million acquisition fits into its strategy to invest in product manufacturing and supply.
Ting Internet to take on Comcast and Verizon in Alexandria
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5/17/2022   Post a comment
After securing a franchise earlier this year, Ting says construction will start this summer on the fiber network, which will eventually connect more than 90,000 homes in the area.
Consumer advocates push for ISP nutrition label to appear on monthly bills
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5/16/2022   Post a comment
Groups including Consumer Reports and Next Century Cities are calling on the FCC to add the forthcoming broadband nutrition label to customers' monthly bills for ease of access.
US government kicks off $45B in broadband funding
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5/13/2022   Post a comment
The NTIA opened its notices of funding opportunity for states and territories to apply for funding through three broadband programs worth $45 billion.
Starry posts customer growth, but waffles on some 2022 targets
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5/13/2022   Post a comment
Starry gained 8,000 fixed wireless customers during the first quarter of 2022. But the company backtracked on its EBITDA hopes for full-year 2022, as well as its plans to launch multiple new markets during the rest of 2022.
The Divide: Closing the broadband adoption gap in Charlotte, North Carolina
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5/12/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Rachel Mukai Stark, smart cities program manager for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Bruce Clark, executive director for the Center for Digital Equity at Queen's University of Charlotte. We discuss the challenge of broadband adoption in Charlotte, the city's roadmap to closing the digital divide, the importance of digital training and more.
Where does cable go from here?
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5/11/2022   Post a comment
Bulls and bears are sizing up cable's future. Analysts say the 'cable broadband growth era is over' – others see opportunities with wireless the 'next leg of growth.'
World Bank pledges $200M for Ghana's digital transformation
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5/11/2022   Post a comment
The Ghana Digital Acceleration Project gets a green light after a massive cash injection from the World Bank, which will help expand broadband access in the West African country.
WOW doubles greenfield fiber buildout commitment
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5/10/2022   Post a comment
Service developed with Reach Mobile will launch in one of WOW's southern markets in May. Meanwhile, WOW's greenfield fiber network plan has been expanded to 400,000 homes passed.
White House touts ISP commitments to increase affordable access
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5/9/2022   Post a comment
But consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that some of the broadband providers on that list are the same ones 'sabotaging President Biden's FCC.'
Net broadband subscriber adds the 'new normal' at Frontier, CEO says
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5/9/2022   Post a comment
Frontier added a record 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1 2022, more than enough to more than offset copper losses. Frontier posted a net gain of 20,000 total broadband subs for the period.
Adtran execs cheer for fiber, federal funds and 'effectively unlimited orders'
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5/6/2022   Post a comment
Adtran Q1 results were propelled by a 61% annual growth in its fiber access platforms and 'generationally significant' government investments in broadband, executives said on an earnings call.
ISPs drop fight against California's net neutrality law, will shift focus to DC
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5/5/2022   Post a comment
'Today is a historic win for Californians and the open Internet,' wrote Professor Barbara van Schewick, a supporter of the state's net neutrality guidelines.
The Divide: How UniCity's public Wi-Fi partnerships help connect communities
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5/5/2022   Post a comment
This episode features John Putnam, director of UniCity – the smart city division at Cincinnati Bell, now known as Altafiber. We discuss UniCity's 3,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots and how the division engages partners on providing connectivity, digital training services and more.
FCC unleashes $200M for RDOF as new bill would regulate how Commission vets ISPs
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5/4/2022   Post a comment
The Rural Broadband Protection Act would 'require a more thorough vetting and verification process for internet service providers seeking to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) high-cost programs.'
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