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10/25/2022   Post a comment
The Broadband World News website will remain active and its archive accessible, but our team's broadband policy and tech coverage is now found at Light Reading Broadband.
Starry halts FWA buildout, lays off 500 employees
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10/20/2022   Post a comment
Fixed wireless access (FWA) provider Starry said it will lay off 500 employees in order to 'curtail our cash burn while we pursue strategic options,' according to CEO Chet Kanojia.
Comcast ad campaign takes aim at T-Mobile FWA
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10/19/2022   Post a comment
Starting with a 'Vampires' ad and a dedicated web site, Comcast is poking holes in the performance and capabilities of T-Mobile's 5G home broadband service. 'T-Mobile is 10-30x slower,' Comcast proclaims.
Starry to default on all RDOF bids – FCC
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10/13/2022   Post a comment
In a public notice Wednesday, the FCC said that fixed wireless startup Starry had 'planned to default on all its winning bids.'
Pivotal Commware CEO Brian Deutsch: Speeding up FWA
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10/10/2022   Post a comment
Pivotal Commware CEO Brian Deutsch discusses the company's new as-a-service offering, Pivotal Turnkey Services, which aims to speed up deployments of fixed wireless access (FWA) networks that use mmWave technology.
Verizon extends free FWA services to qualifying households
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10/7/2022   Post a comment
Following a similar Fios program, the new 'Verizon Forward' initiative brings free 5G Home and LTE-based Internet services to households that qualify for the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program.
FWA advocates 'greatly disappointed' in Newsom veto on broadband bill
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10/5/2022   Post a comment
California's governor vetoed a bill that would have helped wireless providers get broadband grants. But WISPA is seeking clarification on funding rules for FWA.
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 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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.'
Starry seeks paths to bridge its funding gap
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8/10/2022   Post a comment
Starry, a fixed wireless operator that expects to end 2022 with over 100,000 subscribers, is 'exploring a combination of debt, equity and other financing vehicles' to get to break-even, CEO Chet Kanojia says.
The Buildout: Charter, Windstream win in North Carolina, Comcast gets $10M in Baltimore, Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s
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8/5/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter and Windstream win in North Carolina; Comcast gets $10 million in Maryland; Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s; Internet Society awards EPIC grants. Plus construction and launches from Fidium Fiber, Brightspeed, Metronet and more.
The Divide: WISPs are the digital divide's 'first responders,' says new WISPA CEO
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8/4/2022   Post a comment
David Zumwalt, CEO of WISPA, joins the podcast to discuss how fixed wireless providers are tackling the digital divide. We also get into WISPA's take on federal funding rules, unlicensed spectrum and why Zumwalt calls the FCC's broadband mapping effort 'an area of great concern.'
The Buildout: Charter nets millions in Louisiana, Consolidated goes to Washington, and more
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7/28/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Starry goes to Vegas; USDA doles out $401M; Florida co-op enlists Conexon; AT&T, Comcast, Charter get GUMBO grants; Consolidated's construction in Ellensburg, Washington; Metronet declares Greencastle a 'gigabit city'; Brightspeed's plans for Pennsylvania.
BEAD's high-cost threshold 'key area' of concern for fiber advocates
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7/27/2022   Post a comment
While NTIA's notice of funding opportunity prioritizes fiber builds for those applying for BEAD grants, a 'high-cost threshold' exception has been a point of concern for fiber advocates.
FCC proposes $2.3M fine for LTD's defaulted RDOF bids
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7/25/2022   Post a comment
The FCC proposed over $4 million in fines against defaulted RDOF applicants, with $2.3 million of those fines for the auction's largest bidder, LTD Broadband.
Mediacom adds Samsung to the fixed wireless mix
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7/22/2022   Post a comment
After deals with Ericsson and Casa Systems, Mediacom selects Samsung to help power an expanding CBRS network used to provide broadband in rural locations.
LTD Broadband may lose RDOF funding in Minnesota
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7/21/2022   Post a comment
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered an investigation into LTD's status as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), putting more of its RDOF dollars at risk.
The Build Out: Mercury Broadband gets $62M through RDOF for Midwest build
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7/19/2022   Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Mercury Broadband's RDOF plans; Spectrum live in Dona Ana; SiFi, Google Fiber to build Mesa open access network; Fidium live in Concord; Brightspeed's Missouri build.
Starry adds record subs in Q2 as total nears 81,000
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7/18/2022   Post a comment
CEO Chet Kanojia says the fixed wireless broadband specialist is close to announcing a new expansion market that will come online later this year.
ISPs, consumer advocates disagree on 'digital discrimination'
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7/11/2022   Post a comment
In public comments filed to the FCC, ISPs and consumer advocates disagreed over how to address 'digital discrimination' and whether or not it exists.
The Divide: Vistabeam's Matt Larsen on the reliability of wireless and pitfalls of federal funding
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7/8/2022   Post a comment
Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam, joins the podcast to discuss the role of fixed wireless in reaching unserved populations and how more federal funding to close the digital divide could have the opposite impact.
'Completely backwards.' Skeptics fret over federal broadband map
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7/6/2022   Post a comment
The FCC opened its broadband data collection system to service providers. But some are worried the lengthy mapping process will leave behind those who need service the most.
Here are seven questions dogging the FCC's broadband 'nutrition labels'
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6/29/2022   Post a comment
The FCC wants broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. But creating broadband labels isn't straightforward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.'
Verizon's big fixed wireless gains mask slowing wireline broadband growth
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4/25/2022   Post a comment
Verizon added 194,000 FWA subs in Q1, handily beating analyst estimates. But wireline broadband growth is slowing. With DSL losses included, Verizon added 37,000 wireline broadband subs in Q1, down from a year-ago gain of 66,000.
In expanding FWA, Inland Cellular remains unafraid to try new things
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4/20/2022   Post a comment
Inland Cellular rose to prominence with one of the only open RAN deployments in the US. Now the company is moving forward with a test of Meta's Terragraph technology in the 60GHz band.
Senators to Rosenworcel: Communities need clarity on RDOF
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4/19/2022   Post a comment
Senators requested updates on the FCC's efforts to default ineligible bids, how they're collaborating on broadband funding across agencies and how rejected funds will be redistributed.
Verizon, T-Mobile score bragging rights for fixed, mobile data speeds
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4/19/2022   Post a comment
Ookla's Speedtest report for Q1 2022 found that Verizon delivered the fastest and most consistent fixed broadband speeds, while T-Mobile took the top spot for mobile.
Tarana CEO Basil Alwan: Making WTF moments in FWA
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4/18/2022   Post a comment
Tarana Wireless CEO Basil Alwan shares how his company, now worth more than $1 billion, has moved beyond small cell backhaul to helping service providers provide real broadband, all over the globe.
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