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Content tagged with Digital Divide posted in June 2021
Survey examines three 'fundamental connectivity divides'
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6/28/2021   Post a comment
Recent Amdocs survey shows 62% of Americans experienced connectivity issues this year, and 48% struggled to afford Internet service.
Broadband Bites: State officials say 25/3 broadband definition must die
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6/25/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Virginia counties and co-ops team on rural fiber; Broadband Equity Partnership launches affordable housing broadband initiative; Nigeria's broadband penetration up 91.7%.
The Divide: UTOPIA Fiber's Roger Timmerman on serving Utah with open access muni broadband
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6/24/2021   Post a comment
This week: Roger Timmerman, CEO of UTOPIA Fiber, on running an open access, municipal fiber network in Utah, why the model works and what other communities should know as they embark on building broadband.
Safaricom launches M-Pesa 'super app'
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6/23/2021   Post a comment
One notable feature of the new M-Pesa super app is 'offline mode,' which allows customers to complete transactions without data bundles.
Lawmakers ramp up attacks on muni broadband
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6/22/2021   Post a comment
But public network proponents and broadband advocates warn that such criticism is unfounded and monopoly-driven.
MTN commits $1.5B to Nigerian broadband
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6/22/2021   Post a comment
MTN has pledged to invest $1.5 billion over the next three years to expand broadband access in Nigeria.
Broadband Bites: NTIA map paints clearer picture of digital divide
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6/18/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Cisco launches rural broadband center; standalone broadband service grows in US; Senators introduce BRIDGE Act.
The Divide: Internet Society Foundation aims to bolster broadband with global grants
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6/17/2021   Post a comment
This week: Sarah Armstrong, executive director of the Internet Society Foundation, on the organization's mission to support Internet access for everyone and its current work to award grants for community-led efforts in Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal.
How a real estate company is trying to fix broadband mapping
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6/15/2021   Post a comment
LightBox, a commercial real estate information and technology platform, believes it has the data and tools necessary to correctly map the US digital divide.
Small WISP gets government cash to cover Apple's HQ with broadband
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6/14/2021   Post a comment
About $8,000 in RDOF funding is going to LTD Broadband to provide 1-Gig service in areas surrounding Apple's massive $5 billion headquarters. That's drawn a complaint from the Competitive Carriers Association.
Study sizes up price tags to help bridge the broadband gap
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6/14/2021   Post a comment
A budget of $61 billion to $118 billion would enable the US to bring 1-Gig to all locations that get less than 100/20 Mbit/s service that aren't tied to RDOF phase I, ACA Connects/Cartesian study finds.
Broadband Bites: Starry and Microsoft team up in Detroit
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6/11/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: the latest on broadband bipartisanship in DC; new laws in Vermont and Virginia; broadband equipment spending is up, says Dell'Oro.
Podcast: The Divide INDATEL and Connected2Fiber on monetizing 'fiber to the farmhouse'
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6/10/2021   Post a comment
This week: Ben Edmond, founder and CEO of Connected2Fiber, and Mel Wagner, CEO of INDATEL, on the economic challenges of rural broadband and how Connected2Fiber is helping operators plan and monetize their networks.
FCC releases state-by-state breakdown of EBB signups
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6/8/2021   Post a comment
The FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit program has signed up 2.3 million households and 1,000 providers.
The myriad reasons some people don't have broadband
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6/4/2021   Post a comment
A large chunk of Pew Research Center survey respondents who don't have home broadband aren't really that interested in getting it in the future. And 11% without home broadband 'do not need it.'
Broadband Bites: White House frees $1B for broadband on tribal land
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6/4/2021   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: 34% low-income homes struggle to pay Internet bills in US; Michigan creates broadband office; CenturyLink updates FCC on CAF; Germany may subsidize Starlink.
The Divide: How Project Nandi is addressing Internet inequity in the Twin Cities
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6/3/2021   Post a comment
On this episode: Ini Augustine, founder of Project Nandi, on her efforts to prevent Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian students in Minnesota's Twin Cities from being left behind by remote learning.
The Divide: Rep. Drew Hansen on passing Washington's Public Broadband Act
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6/1/2021   Post a comment
On this episode: Representative Drew Hansen on passing a law in Washington to reverse the state's ban on municipal broadband and what comes next.

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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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