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US-made products for middle mile builds 'not available' – NTIA
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10/3/2022   Post a comment
NTIA proposed a limited waiver on 'Build America, Buy America' rules for middle mile broadband grants. Comments on the proposal are due October 3.
MTA boosts latency, resilience with fiber route to Chicago
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9/30/2022   Post a comment
Matanuska Telecom Association recently launched a new leg of its terrestrial fiber network connecting Alaska and Chicago. Execs said it was necessary to 'avoid the Pacific Northwest.'
Starry has solid potential, but financing needs fixing – analyst
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9/30/2022   Post a comment
Starry 'delivers a good product and generates good unit economics,' but investors will stay on sidelines until the FWA specialist resolves its long-term financing issues, MoffettNathanson says.
The Divide: How FirstLight is connecting communities with middle-mile fiber
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9/29/2022   Post a comment
This week: FirstLight Fiber's Maura Mahoney, chief marketing officer, and Patrick Coughlin, chief development officer, talk about tackling the digital divide through fiber 'onramps and off ramps,' their work with local nonprofits and institutions and more.
Cable broadband: More than a speed saga
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9/28/2022   Post a comment
Raw broadband speed is still important in the multi-gig era, but messaging from cable industry execs at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo zeroed in on network reliability and meeting elevated customer expectations.
Google Fiber is about to go big with the Gigs
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9/28/2022   Post a comment
Touting a 20-Gig test and 'journey' toward a symmetrical 100-Gig future, Google Fiber plans to 'dramatically expand our multi-gigabit tiers' in the coming months, says unit CEO Dinni Jain.
Telecom services severely restricted in Iran amid protests
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9/27/2022   Post a comment
The Iranian government is restricting Internet and mobile access in response to nationwide protests. Whether Starlink can help is unclear.
OpenVault CEO on why ACP customers are such big data users
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9/26/2022   Post a comment
Mark Trudeau, the founder and CEO of OpenVault, said speed tier upgrades among customers on the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program is what likely drove usage in that group higher than the average in Q2 2022.
The Buildout: More 'GREAT' news for Spectrum, Yellowstone Fiber goes live
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9/23/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Spectrum gets millions more in 'GREAT' grants; ReConnect awards $502 million; Yellowstone Fiber live in Montana; NTIA awards $29 million for Alaskan tribes; Cajun Broadband breaks ground – and more.
The Divide: Ziply VP chats rural fiber builds, permit reforms and micro-trenching
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9/22/2022   Post a comment
This week: Jessica Epley, vice president of regulatory and external affairs at Ziply Fiber, joins the podcast to discuss the company's rural buildouts, federal funding and why permit reform is one key to closing the digital divide.
Comcast reaches 'second phase' of its DAA journey
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9/21/2022   Post a comment
Comcast has accelerated its deployment of a distributed access architecture as it starts to set the stage to offer symmetrical, multi-gig services to tens of millions of homes by 2025, exec says.
How Hurricane Fiona is affecting telecom networks
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9/21/2022   Post a comment
Hurricane Fiona knocked out wireline Internet services to hundreds of thousands of subscribers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. And the storm shut down roughly 23.5% of the cell sites in those areas, too.
Cable industry pursues upgrades in face of its 'life or death' moment
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9/20/2022   Post a comment
Comcast's David Watson and Liberty Global's Michael Fries discussed the industry 'talent gap,' network upgrade strategies and cable's 'existential' moment in a fireside chat at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo this morning.
Altice, Charter will deliver free broadband to NYC housing residents
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9/20/2022   Post a comment
Through 'Big Apple Connect,' New York will subsidize Altice and Charter to deliver free service to NYCHA residents. Verizon is TBD, said the city.
California bill would let wireless in on broadband grants
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9/19/2022   Post a comment
Wireless industry is pushing California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign a bill enabling the state to award broadband grants on a 'technology-neutral basis.'
Feds push for BGP security updates, but ISPs balk at mandates
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9/19/2022   Post a comment
Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a basic routing protocol used to exchange information among various networks on the Internet. Many argue it's not secure, but there's disagreement on what to do about that.
Sparklight 'persisting' with grant challenge to Conexon in Louisiana
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9/16/2022   Post a comment
Despite outcry from the East Carroll community, Cable One says Sparklight will persist with challenging Conexon's $4 million grant to build broadband.
Why AT&T's fiber gambit in Phoenix is worth watching
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9/15/2022   Post a comment
AT&T said it plans to offer 5 Gbit/s fiber services across 100,000 homes in a Phoenix suburb. The effort represents a new gambit by AT&T, which previously only built fiber in its existing copper markets.
Fiber upgrades 'the right thing to do' – Altice USA CEO
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9/14/2022   Post a comment
Altice USA's plan to upgrade millions of homes to fiber in both urban and rural settings set up the company to drive down opex costs and escalate subscriber gains and broadband ARPU, Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei said.
The Buildout: Tennessee awards $447M for broadband
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9/13/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Tennessee doles out $447 million; Brightspeed, Charter, and Lumos win in North Carolina; Redzone runs on ngFWA in Maine.
FCC inspector general says 'dozens' of ISPs claimed fraudulent ACP funds
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9/12/2022   Post a comment
Meanwhile, data shows the program is still only reaching 36.5% of eligible households and could run out of funds by March 2025.
Ziply Fiber raises $450M for greenfields and 'edge-outs'
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9/12/2022   Post a comment
Ziply Fiber CEO Harold Zeitz says the company is exploring additional opportunities to build fiber networks in the northwestern US that will span 'hundreds of thousands' of new homes and businesses.
The Divide: TruConnect's Danielle Perry on the role of MVNOs in keeping people online
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9/9/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Danielle Perry, chief compliance officer at TruConnect, on the important role of mobile virtual network operators and federal subsidy programs in closing the digital divide.
FWA not 'good enough' for the long term, AT&T CFO says
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9/8/2022   Post a comment
Fixed wireless access has potential in targeted instances where fiber buildouts are economically unattractive, but AT&T will continue to place big bets on fiber buildouts, says company CFO Pascal Desroches.
NTIA grants will fund 'a lot of non-fiber technology,' says Alan Davidson
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9/7/2022   Post a comment
The NTIA chief said while much funding will go to fiber, grants will fund a 'healthy mix' of broadband technology. But whether they do is up to the states.
These states have broadband on the ballot this November
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9/7/2022   Post a comment
Broadband is on the ballot for millions of US voters this year, with some states and counties seeking to amend their constitutions or bypass laws to make room for federal funding.
Technetix broadens reach in the Americas with Lindsay Broadband buy
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9/6/2022   Post a comment
Technetix and Lindsay Broadband overlap in some HFC product areas, but the acquisition will also help Technetix expand its mobile and powering portfolio, Technetix CEO Paul Broadhurst says.
Liberty Global JV kicks off fiber network construction in Germany
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9/5/2022   Post a comment
With a focus on greenfield areas, Liberty Networks Germany expects to start connecting customers by the end of 2022 and sell broadband services under the 'helloFiber' brand.
First FCC broadband map to come in November, says Rosenworcel
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9/2/2022   Post a comment
The FCC also said a challenge process will open on September 12 for state and local governments and service providers. The public will get to weigh in after a first draft of the map is released.
The Divide: Tarana's CEO on why FWA isn't a 'stopgap to fiber'
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9/2/2022   Post a comment
Basil Alwan, CEO of Tarana Wireless, joins the podcast to discuss the company's unique approach to fixed wireless access and how Tarana is helping WISPs in the US and abroad close the digital divide.
FCC approves RDOF spending with FWA providers Starry, Nextlink, others
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9/1/2022   Post a comment
Nextlink Internet, Starry, GeoLinks, GigaBeam Networks and Anthem Broadband are among the fixed wireless Internet providers getting approvals from the FCC.
UK to bus in 'thousands' of foreign workers for fiber – report
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8/31/2022   Post a comment
Home secretary Priti Patel willing to fast track skilled workers through the immigration system to speed up deployment of 'gigabit-capable' networks.
Navajo Nation urges FCC to approve Sacred Wind sale to ATN
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8/30/2022   Post a comment
Navajo representatives told the FCC that ATN's acquisition of Sacred Wind will 'greatly benefit the Navajo People' and accelerate broadband expansion to unserved regions.
Corning, AT&T to build a new plant for fiber optical cable
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8/30/2022   Post a comment
With financial help from AT&T, Corning's plant near Phoenix is expected to open in 2024, support about 250 jobs and add critical capacity amid record demand for fiber.
The Buildout: Charter, Comcast get millions in Alabama, NTIA awards $280M to tribes, Vexus in Texas
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8/29/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter, Comcast get millions in Alabama; NTIA awards $280 million for tribal networks; TDS construction in Idaho; Brightspeed's plans for Illinois and Michigan; and more.
Google Fiber's expansion plan hits speed bump as Vermont deal crumbles
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8/29/2022   Post a comment
Google Fiber has halted negotiations on a proposed project after determining that one of its partners could not execute on a plan to build fiber to a minimum of 42,000 homes in northwestern Vermont.
Meter wants to be the AWS of commercial connectivity
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8/26/2022   Post a comment
'We just think spaces should come with Internet infrastructure,' said Anil Varanasi, CEO of Meter, a startup with $50 million in funding to change how commercial spaces get connected.
EPB unleashes 25-Gig service... for $1,500 per month
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8/26/2022   Post a comment
The municipal fiber provider's new 25-Gig speed tier more than doubles the speed of its high-end tier. While the residential offering fetches $1,500 per month, the commercial version goes for $12,500.
Study highlights impact of 'digital redlining'
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8/25/2022   Post a comment
The research, which focuses on broadband access in Philadelphia, comes as the FCC is considering policy recommendations and rules changes to eliminate 'digital discrimination.'
Magenta Telekom forms €1B fiber JV with Meridiam
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8/24/2022   Post a comment
The Austrian and French partners plan to pass 650,000 premises with a new FTTH network in Austria.
The Divide: How private wireless can help close connectivity gaps
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8/24/2022   Post a comment
Guests from Celona and the Purdue Research Foundation join the podcast to discuss the role of CBRS technology and private networking in closing the digital divide.
Investor interest in fiber hot as 'open access networks' come into focus
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8/22/2022   Post a comment
Jay Rolls and David Strauss of Broadband Success Partners talk industry M&A, 'open access networks,' cable's various network upgrade paths and fixed wireless access.
Ad watchdog shoots down T-Mobile's home Internet price claims
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8/19/2022   Post a comment
Following a complaint lodged by Charter, T-Mobile will discontinue claims that its fixed wireless access service allows consumers to 'save up to 50% vs. the National FCC Broadband Rate Benchmark.'
Rural ISPs struggling to meet FCC mapping deadline
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8/18/2022   Post a comment
Small ISPs are scrambling to meet a September 1 deadline to submit coverage data to the FCC, or risk being locked out of the $42.5 billion BEAD program.
The Buildout: Kinetic in Kentucky, Meta's Cleveland collab, Charter completes $3M CARES Act build
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8/17/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter goes live with RDOF and CARES Act builds; Meta supports DigitalC's fixed-wireless service; Cisco gets in on Neighborhood Wi-Fi; Kinetic and Conexon build in Kentucky; Brightspeed in Arkansas; Glo Fiber in Pennsylvania.
Nigerian broadband penetration increases to 44.5%
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8/16/2022   Post a comment
The Nigerian Communications Commission said the country is on its way to reach its 70% broadband penetration target by 2025, after a 4% increase from February to July.
Starry kicks off personalized broadband effort with 'Upload Boost' trial
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8/16/2022   Post a comment
Starry COO Alex Moulle-Berteaux says the initial trial, focused on the company's 200-Meg/100-Meg speed tier, will eventually be expanded to bring symmetrical speeds to Starry's premium broadband plans.
US cable broadband thrown for a loss, for the first time, in Q2
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8/15/2022   Post a comment
Top US cable operators swung to a first-ever loss of broadband subs in Q2 2022. Alongside that loss of 60,000 subs, fixed wireless providers gained more than 800,000 customers in the period, according to LRG.
The Divide: How a co-op is solving 'the broadband problem' in rural Georgia
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8/12/2022   Post a comment
This episode features Conexon's Jonathan Chambers and Central Georgia EMC's Herschel Arant. We discuss their work delivering fiber broadband in Georgia, why rural customers are taking gig speeds and why co-ops are well placed to deliver on federal funding.
FCC commissioner 'surprised' to learn of Starlink RDOF rejection
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8/11/2022   Post a comment
The FCC denied RDOF awards for Starlink and LTD, prompting cheers from the fiber industry and jeers from a fellow FCC commissioner, who said he learned the news while 'on a work trip.'
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