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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.
Comcast boosting downstream speeds across all markets
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10/18/2022   Post a comment
Comcast is unleashing a wave of downstream speed increases ahead of a plan to make faster upload speeds available to customers on its 'xFi Complete' package.
Analysts peg DOCSIS 4.0 network upgrade costs at $180 per home passed
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10/12/2022   Post a comment
DOCSIS 4.0 is poised to be 'fully competitive with fiber,' and the dynamics related to D4.0 upgrades are 'more favorable than we expected, in some cases dramatically so,' Credit Suisse claims in a report.
Louisiana rejects Sparklight protest of Conexon's broadband grant
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10/6/2022   Post a comment
'Sparklight has not satisfied its burden of proof to establish that it provides reliable service to the applied-for areas,' said Veneeth Iyengar, executive director of Louisiana's broadband office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.'
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.
Frontier keeps supply chain constraints at bay, sets another fiber buildout record
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8/9/2022   Post a comment
With fiber subscriber adds holding steady at 50,000, Frontier said it passed a record 281,000 new locations with fiber in Q2 2022. The telco also has raised its original 2022 build target by as much as 20%.
WOW keeps early mobile results close to the vest
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8/9/2022   Post a comment
WOW reported solid broadband subscriber gains in the second quarter of the year, but lowered its broadband subscriber forecast for full 2022. The company did not provide firm figures on its recent mobile launch.
'Buy America' rules have broadband industry on edge
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8/8/2022   Post a comment
Many in the industry have been raising concerns about the federal government's 'Buy America' rules for subsidized broadband builds. But some also see an opportunity.
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.
Fueled by fiber, Adtran forecasts a 'very bright future'
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8/5/2022   Post a comment
Adtran reported a strong Q2, fueled by fiber investments in the US and Europe. But supply chain constraints 'have negatively impacted our profitability,' said CEO Tom Stanton.
Charter CEO Rutledge: We're a wireless company
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7/29/2022   Post a comment
The cable operator beat earnings and revenue estimates and talked up its mobile potential while its broadband numbers failed to impress.
Comcast CEO Roberts: We're in a fabulous place
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7/29/2022   Post a comment
The largest US cable company didn't gain broadband subscribers during the quarter. That's never happened before. But Comcast's management said the big picture looks good and it doesn't plan to 'chase pricing to the bottom.'
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.
Comcast's Broderick Johnson on Internet access and the pursuit of 'digital equity'
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7/28/2022   Post a comment
In this podcast, Broderick Johnson, EVP for public policy and EVP for digital equity at Comcast, offers a brief history lesson on 'digital equity' and why identifying and lowering barriers to Internet adoption are critical.
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.
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.
US pay-TV losses stayed ugly in Q1
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7/13/2022   Post a comment
Led by a record decline in cable, traditional pay-TV providers lost 1.86 million in Q1, and virtual MVPDs shed about 201,000 subs, according to MoffettNathanson's latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor.'
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.
'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.'
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.
Altice USA CEO credits fiber buildout for its 'better competitive position'
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5/3/2022   Post a comment
Dexter Goei expects Altice USA to grow broadband subs in the second half of 2022 amid an aggressive FTTP rollout and plans to launch multi-gig services. But some analysts see FWA as an emerging rural threat.
Global network operators plot paths to next-gen broadband
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5/2/2022   Post a comment
Right now many telcos are still grappling with the early stages of 10G PON, also known as XGS PON, which can deliver multi-gigabit services.
Charter starts to book RDOF revenues
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/29/2022   Post a comment
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.
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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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