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Content tagged with Digital Divide posted in November 2021
Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/30/2021   Post a comment
Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical co-op don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.
What's the story? The $22 billion Andromeda spectrum auction
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11/29/2021   Post a comment
On this episode, we talk with Light Reading's Mike Dano about all things spectrum auctions, including the 'Andromeda' auction, which just wrapped up with $22 billion in bids. We also get into broadband mapping and how spectrum could be used to tackle the digital divide.
South Africa's digital migration on track for March 2022
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11/26/2021   Post a comment
South Africa's Communications Minister has committed to completing the country's digital migration by the end of March 2022.
How Render uses geospatial data to get fiber builds up to speed
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11/24/2021   Post a comment
The startup hopes its work on a fiber build for an Arkansas co-op, completed almost two years ahead of schedule, will make the case that these networks can be built more efficiently with the right tools.
Wireless industry report says 5G FWA could connect 43% of rural US
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11/23/2021   Post a comment
A new industry report from Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association, makes the case for serving the rural US with fixed wireless, noting that with billions available for broadband, it's 'key to acknowledge that 5G FWA is a future-proof technology.'
Broadband Bites: California picks first projects for open-access network
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11/19/2021   Post a comment
Also in today's roundup: US broadband growth back to pre-pandemic levels; Nokia, Earthlink building broadband backbone in Iraq; Openreach passes 6 million with fiber; FCC proposes spectrum-sharing incentive program.
The Divide: Internet Society's Mark Buell on what's 'very good' and 'less good' in the broadband bill
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11/18/2021   Post a comment
This week: Mark Buell, regional vice president for North America at the Internet Society, joins the podcast to discuss the impact the Biden administration's $65 billion broadband legislation will have on the digital divide in the US.
Rosenworcel fields questions on FCC's broadband map in Senate hearing
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11/17/2021   Post a comment
In a confirmation hearing before the US Senate today, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel discussed the agency's crucial work on broadband mapping and said it has selected a bidder for the national broadband serviceable location fabric.
Broadband Bites: Biden signs infrastructure bill with historic broadband investment
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11/15/2021   Post a comment
Also in today's broadband roundup: UK plans infrastructure assessment; Vodafone and CityFibre take the next step; US Senate schedules Rosenworcel hearing.
Conexon Connect gets $435M in latest RDOF round to serve fiber through rural co-ops
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11/12/2021   Post a comment
In the FCC's largest round of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) yet, which saw electric cooperatives as the walkaway winners, over $435 million was designated for Conexon Connect, a fiber ISP providing service through local co-ops.
The Divide: James Clark on preserving Native American culture with broadband
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11/11/2021   Post a comment
This week on the podcast, we hear from James Clark, a fellow with the American Connection Corps (ACC), who is working with Mille Lacs Band tribal leadership to preserve his ancestors' Ojibwe language. We discuss that effort, along with the causes of the digital divide at Mille Lacs and what they and other Indigenous tribes need from policymakers.
Commerce Sec promises Fed oversight on state broadband plans
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11/9/2021   Post a comment
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at a White House press briefing that closing the digital divide will be a 'massive undertaking' and shared details on oversight plans and requirements for state funding.
BT CEO predicts UK fiber victory but still unsure of final score
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11/9/2021   Post a comment
The UK's broadband market is suddenly awash with fiber investors and a loss of share could be extremely damaging to the incumbent.
US House passes Biden's infrastructure bill with $65B for broadband
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11/8/2021   Post a comment
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contains the federal government's largest investment in broadband, as well as key provisions around affordability and digital equity.
Broadband advocates push for broader spectrum use
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11/5/2021   Post a comment
Public interest groups argue that spectrum in the 12GHz band and beyond should be put to broader use to solve the digital divide, despite arguments to the contrary from incumbents like SpaceX.
FCC sets priorities for new Communications Equity and Diversity Council
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11/3/2021   Post a comment
The Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) is reborn as the Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC), with new working groups and expanded priorities to end digital redlining and other inequitable industry practices.
BT and OneWeb sign satellite broadband deal
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11/3/2021   Post a comment
OneWeb has inked a deal with BT to provide low-Earth orbit satellite connectivity across BT Group, with the first live trials due to start early 2022.
Adtran CEO reports 'mixed' results and mixed feelings on supply issues
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11/2/2021   Post a comment
Adtran reported a GAAP net loss of $10.4 million for Q3 2021, owing largely to supply chain issues. But CEO Tom Stanton tried to project a sunny outlook for 2022 while also admitting it's the company's biggest problem.

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Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
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.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.
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