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Starry seeks paths to bridge its funding gap
News Analysis | 8/9/2022

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.

Used-parts supplier TXO is thriving amid the crisis
News Analysis | 8/9/2022

A small UK company that buys and sells used network parts is catching the attention of operators dealing with inflation, supply constraints and geopolitics.

Cable One appears to be passing on the Suddenlink opportunity
News Analysis | 8/9/2022

Cable One execs intimate that the operator already has its hands full with other deals soon after Altice USA confirmed that it is shopping its rural-focused Suddenlink assets.

Eurobites: UK telcos slammed over post-Brexit roaming confusion
News Analysis | 8/9/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WIOCC boosted by Google's Equiano cable landing in South Africa; PwC fined over sloppy BT audit; CityFibre digs Rochdale.

Frontier keeps supply chain constraints at bay, sets another fiber buildout record
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

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%.

Verizon Frontline deploys 1,000 connectivity services for nationwide wildfire response efforts
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

About 70 communities and 39 public safety agencies have received Verizon Frontline support for wildfire response efforts this year, according to the service provider.

WOW keeps early mobile results close to the vest
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

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
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

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.

TIM soldiers on amid political turmoil
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

TIM CEO indicates that "things are proceeding" despite upcoming election and right-wing opposition to CDP and TIM's current plan

Lumen's wireline business bump shrouded by growing expenses
News Analysis | 8/5/2022

Despite an improvement to its wireline business when compared to AT&T and Verizon, it wasn't all sunshine for Lumen in Q2, with rising energy and labor costs, inflation and supply chain issues raining down on revenue.

The Buildout: Charter, Windstream win in North Carolina, Comcast gets $10M in Baltimore, Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 8/5/2022

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.

Helium targets roamers and dreamers
LRTV Documentaries | 8/5/2022

The crypto-powered IoT network aims to fill in 5G and IoT gaps for better connectivity. Does the story make sense?

Fueled by fiber, Adtran forecasts a 'very bright future'
News Analysis | 8/4/2022

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.

The Divide: WISPs are the digital divide's 'first responders,' says new WISPA CEO
CxO Spotlight | 8/4/2022

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.'

Telecom Italia fixates on cost-cutting as loss widens
News Analysis | 8/4/2022

Losses at the Italian phone incumbent are mounting and the pressure has grown on company management to find answers.

DZS CEO hints at price hikes, open RAN opportunities
News Analysis | 8/3/2022

DZS reported $91 million in revenue in the second quarter, up from the year-ago quarter but down by $5 million due to weakening foreign currencies.

Telstra brought easily to heel in 5G Optus rumpus
News Analysis | 8/3/2022

Australia's biggest telco promptly bows to ACCC pressure and deregisters 900MHz sites to pave way for faster 5G rollout by rival.

Consolidated breaks fiber records, makes recession jokes
News Analysis | 8/2/2022

Consolidated Communications achieved net-positive broadband connections for the first time in seven years and disclosed a $490 million plan to sell its stake in five wireless partnerships to fund its fiber build.

SpaceX rebuts Viasat's 'misguided campaign' against Starlink's RDOF wins
News Analysis | 8/2/2022

SpaceX and Viasat both cited speed test data in their latest opposing arguments to the FCC on whether Starlink's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund bids should be approved.

TIM denies strategic rift in boardroom
News Analysis | 8/1/2022

Telecom Italia 'rejects' press reports that any senior exec will be leaving soon due to disagreements about spinning off the operator's fiber access infrastructure to reduce debt.

Eurobites: EU wants more progress on 5G, AI
News Analysis | 8/1/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WindTre chooses Ericsson for 5G standalone; BT and Openreach strike continues; Jurassic Fibre hires new CEO.

Another revival package for India's BSNL
News Analysis | 8/1/2022

As part of the revival package, INR330 billion ($4.15 billion) of statutory dues will be converted into equity.

Yellowstone Fiber sees no 'rational ROI' in rural Montana without federal funds
News Analysis | 7/29/2022

As Yellowstone Fiber builds out its open access network in Gallatin County, Montana, the company is now looking to ARPA and BEAD grants to reach the most unserved parts of the region.

ATN International to buy Sacred Wind, but stays mum on possible sale
News Analysis | 7/29/2022

ATN International said it will acquire Sacred Wind Enterprises for roughly $25 million in cash and $32 million in debt. But the company declined to comment on a report that it's up for sale.

'We're not giving anything away here.' Liberty Global CEO defends new fiber JV
News Analysis | 7/29/2022

Liberty Global used its Q2 2022 earnings results to officially announce its FTTH joint venture with Telefónica and InfraVia in the UK. The transaction is expected to close in Q4.

Charter CEO Rutledge: We're a wireless company
News Analysis | 7/29/2022

The cable operator beat earnings and revenue estimates and talked up its mobile potential while its broadband numbers failed to impress.

Proximus ups 2022 guidance after Q2 growth
News Analysis | 7/29/2022

The Belgian operator rules out TeleSign IPO for the time being.

Comcast CEO Roberts: We're in a fabulous place
News Analysis | 7/28/2022

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
News Analysis | 7/28/2022

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.

Dell CTO Roese: Building broadband and private 5G networks
CxO Spotlight | 7/28/2022

John Roese, the global CTO at Dell Technologies, discusses the company's views on edge computing and why the private 5G networking space is just starting to heat up.

Telefónica upgrades financial targets for 2022
News Analysis | 7/28/2022

Spain-based group raises financial targets after producing what it described as "solid results" in the first half of the year.

BT boss says the UK's altnet strategy is failing
News Analysis | 7/28/2022

Philip Jansen dismisses the challenge brought by other companies building full-fiber networks, telling analysts a lot of them are in trouble.

Aust NBN: Govt rejects new price plan, rules out privatization
News Analysis | 7/28/2022

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said that the offer would lead to some price increases of up to 3% above inflation and was "not acceptable."

Amid stumbles by AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile raises growth forecast
News Analysis | 7/27/2022

In recent days, both AT&T and Verizon lowered their financial forecasts for 2022. And what of T-Mobile? The company on Wednesday raised virtually all of its financial and customer expectations.

BEAD's high-cost threshold 'key area' of concern for fiber advocates
News Analysis | 7/27/2022

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.

Comcast's Broderick Johnson on Internet access and the pursuit of 'digital equity'
LRTV Interviews | 7/27/2022

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.

Charter hit with $7B penalty in murder case involving field tech
News Analysis | 7/27/2022

A Dallas jury awards massive punitive damages stemming from the death of an 83-year-old woman who was murdered in her home by a Spectrum cable technician. Charter will appeal.

Confident KPN raises 2022 outlook
News Analysis | 7/27/2022

KPN says 'mitigating measures' will help it maintain healthy margins and increase free cash flow.

Rogers will shell out billions on reliability, AI tech in wake of outage
News Analysis | 7/26/2022

Amid pressure from regulators, CEO Tony Staffieri outlines a four-part 'enhanced reliability plan' weeks after the Canadian operator suffered a massive outage.

Calix goes all in on 'significant opportunity' in US
News Analysis | 7/26/2022

Calix reported 20% annual revenue growth and a 33% increase in US revenue, driven by 'significant opportunity ahead.' Still, said execs, the supply chain remains 'a war every day.'

Who might make a play for Altice USA's Suddenlink systems?
News Analysis | 7/25/2022

CableOne, Cox and private equity firms are among those viewed as potential suitors for Altice USA's rural-focused Suddenlink assets, but one analyst believes the $20 billion reportedly being sought is a 'pipe dream.'

FCC proposes $2.3M fine for LTD's defaulted RDOF bids
News Analysis | 7/25/2022

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.

Vodafone warns prices must rise as its energy bill soars
News Analysis | 7/25/2022

The UK-based operator tells analysts that consumer prices across the industry must go up unless service providers are prepared to sacrifice profitability.

NCTC drops 'cable' and 'television' from name
News Analysis | 7/25/2022

Amid a broader strategic shift, the organization, which strikes tech and programming deals for hundreds of small and midsized US operators, has been recast as the National Content & Technology Cooperative.

Telefónica forms rural fiber JV under Bluevia brand
News Analysis | 7/25/2022

Credit Agricole Assurances and Vauban Infrastructure Partners are to buy 45% of Bluevia Fibra for euro 1 billion.

Orange, Másmovíl sign €19B Spanish merger deal
News Analysis | 7/25/2022

Proposed merger transaction now set to face regulatory scrutiny at EU level.

NCTC CEO leads organization on 'The Great Pivot'
CxO Spotlight | 7/22/2022

Backed by more than 700 US operators, Lou Borrelli and the NCTC are pursuing a wave of new initiatives, including a 'Connectivity Exchange,' MVNO deals, a refreshed focus on video and tighter ties to tech suppliers.

FWA remains a bright spot at Verizon as Fios sub growth softens
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

'FWA is just humming for us,' CEO Hans Vestberg said. Verizon added a record 256,000 residential and business FWA subs in Q2 2022, extending its grand total to about 700,000.

Altice USA exploring deal for Suddenlink assets – report
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Deal could fetch up to $20 billion for Suddenlink's networks in rural segments of the nation, according to Bloomberg.

AT&T fiber gains accelerate as problems at wireline biz unit mount
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

AT&T added 316,000 fiber subs, almost enough to offset losses of legacy DSL and other 'non-fiber' subs. Meanwhile, the company is preparing to 'reposition' its flagging wirelines business unit.

The Divide: Measuring Internet equity, with Nick Feamster
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Nick Feamster, director of research for the Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago, recently joined the Light Reading Podcast to discuss his team's research based on the Internet Equity Initiative data portal, which uses Ookla Speedtest data to map out Internet inequities.

Másmóvil to sell 51% of Euskaltel fixed biz
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Deal expected to be signed in days. Meanwhile, Masmovil and Orange reportedly secured a euro 6.6 billion (US$ 6.7 billion) loan to finance their proposed merger.

Mediacom adds Samsung to the fixed wireless mix
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

After deals with Ericsson and Casa Systems, Mediacom selects Samsung to help power an expanding CBRS network used to provide broadband in rural locations.

Nokia sees mobile revival as chips crunch starts to ease
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

The Finnish equipment vendor delights shareholders with growth in sales and profit at its most important units.

LTD Broadband may lose RDOF funding in Minnesota
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

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.

Eurobites: Telefónica brings satellite into its IoT orbit
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson says private networks are good for airlines; Altice's FTTH infrastructure gets Arcep approval; London's Google Cloud data center suffers heatwave meltdown.

US cable ops seek streaming edge with Qwilt
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Linked to a National Cable Television Cooperative agreement, Qwilt says over 100 US cable and broadband operators are to use open caching platform to boost streaming quality.

Europe's telcos flout net neutrality in push to make Big Tech pay
Morris Lore | 7/20/2022

ETNO wants Big Tech treated differently from other companies that rely on telecom infrastructure.

FCC to consider pilot program to boost ACP enrollment
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

In a draft order, the FCC outlined an initiative called 'Your Home, Your Internet' aimed at increasing participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among those receiving federal housing assistance.

Democrats teeing up net neutrality bill – report
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

With the makeup of the FCC still in a 2-2 deadlock, two Democratic senators reportedly are preparing to introduce a bill that aims to reclassify the Internet as a highly regulated Title II service.

CommScope gets a piece of Liberty Global's DOCSIS 4.0 action
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

CommScope says its deal to develop and supply a remote MACPHY for Liberty Global's future DOCSIS 4.0 and 10G-capable networks is exclusive. But the operator has been sharing the wealth among access network vendors.

Eurobites: Belgian duo plan transition to fiber
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Polish pair join forces on cloud infrastructure; Ericsson's Possible Perspectives; Openreach opts for ADVA, expands on the Isle of Wight.

Record number of streamers cut the pay-TV cord – study
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

The percentage of US streamers without a pay-TV package hit 40% in Q2 2022, up from 28% a year earlier, according to MoffettNathanson's latest 'SVOD Tracker.' Meanwhile, total streaming penetration in the US hit 81%.

The Buildout: Mercury Broadband gets $62M through RDOF for Midwest build
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

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.

Plume CTO on why Amazon has the inside track on IoT brand loyalty
CxO Spotlight | 7/18/2022

Plume's Bill McFarland on how home network data shows how IoT brands perform and why IoT support and management is a critical to broadband service strategies.

Eurobites: UK proposes new 'AI rulebook'
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETNO bangs on about Big Tech again; CityFibre loses competition appeal; Zain earnings up.

VMO2 plus TalkTalk equals broadband giant with bad reputation
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

The cable and mobile operator has reportedly offered GB pound 3 billion to buy a big rival that lost customers during the pandemic.

Microsoft tries to fill big gaps in broadband maps
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

FCC critic Microsoft says its 'Digital Equity Data Dashboard,' a tool that aggregates data from multiple sources, is an accurate, neighborhood-by-neighborhood view of broadband availability and 'digital equity.'

Ransomware attacks doubled last year; Verizon reports
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

In Verizon's 15th DBIR, the service provider revealed that ransomware attacks doubled from 12% of security breaches in 2020 to 25% in 2021.

Eurobites: MTN in talks with Telkom over possible takeover
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus rolls out EV charging stations; Amazon tries to placate European Commission over data practices; Hyperoptic hits 100k new-builds.

Finland's Elisa bucks trend of telco decline
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

The Finnish operator reports healthy growth in sales and profits for its second quarter but its outlook for the full year is downbeat.

The Divide: Ji Soo Song on the Department of Education's role in achieving digital equity
LRTV Interviews | 7/14/2022

This episode features Ji Soo Song, broadband advisor at the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET). We discuss the department's Digital Equity Education Roundtables initiative and how educational institutions can use infrastructure funding to help close the digital divide for students.

Germany sets out fiber, 5G ambitions
News Analysis | 7/14/2022

Germany's new Gigabitstrategie targets a bonfire of regulations to help speed fiber and 5G deployments.

Eurobites: Proximus targets SMEs with Odoo's help
News Analysis | 7/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 bags 5G spectrum in North Macedonia; Google versus the regulators, part 94; UK online safety legislation hits the buffers while government implodes.

Juniper's EX4100 switches autocorrect access point placement
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Juniper's EX4100 switch series integrate with the Mist Wi-Fi Assurance service to automatically determine where there are gaps in coverage in enterprises' WLAN deployments and verify the correct placement of access points.

Starry adds record subs in Q2 as total nears 81,000
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

CEO Chet Kanojia says the fixed wireless broadband specialist is close to announcing a new expansion market that will come online later this year.

Enter now: The 2022 Light Reading Leading Lights awards
The Philter | 7/12/2022

Light Reading is now accepting nominations for outstanding achievements in 5G, broadband, optical networking, edge computing and more as part of its annual awards program, the Leading Lights.

Camilla Formica brings her 'passion for education' to The Cable Center
CxO Spotlight | 7/12/2022

Formica, a 33-year cable industry vet who will retain some ties to cable tech training specialist NCTI, has been appointed chief program officer of The Cable Center.

CableLabs unit and OpenVault connect on tech that squeezes more out of DOCSIS 3.1
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

OpenVault is the first to join a Kyrio-led partnership program focused on Profile Management Application (PMA) technology, which aims to boost DOCSIS network capacity by as much as 40%.

Eurobites: Swisscom tests 50G PON on live network
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia goes with Infovista for network testing; Synamedia buys Quortex; Zayo cuts ribbon on new subsea route.

No relief in sight for sluggish cable broadband subscriber growth
News Analysis | 7/11/2022

Housing move activity, a key ingredient for cable broadband subscriber growth, remains in a weakened state, with few signs that it will reverse course any time soon.

Ohio man pretended to be WISP as part of scam – FCC report
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

Kyle Traxler created wireless Internet provider Cleo Communications in order to participate in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. However, according to the agency, Cleo didn't provide any telecom services.

ISPs, consumer advocates disagree on 'digital discrimination'
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

In public comments filed to the FCC, ISPs and consumer advocates disagreed over how to address 'digital discrimination' and whether or not it exists.

Why India's FireFly is of interest to Cisco
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

Cisco is reportedly in talks about acquiring a Wi-Fi player currently owned by two of India's biggest operators.

T-Mobile Home Internet app downloads set monthly record – study
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

But the download surge in June won't necessarily translate to an increase in fixed wireless access subs 'due to product sampling and churn,' say the analysts at ISI Evercore.

COVID amplifies challenges for women in tech
Alantown | 7/8/2022

European cable executives Dr. Andrea Huber and Diane Christman discuss gender equity challenges the pandemic has exacerbated for women in tech fields.

Rival US streamers gain ground on Netflix
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

In the latest US streaming rankings by JustWatch, Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max all gained market share in Q2, while Netflix shed some of its lead.

The Divide: Vistabeam's Matt Larsen on the reliability of wireless and pitfalls of federal funding
CxO Spotlight | 7/7/2022

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.

Eurobites: Nokia helps Orange kick out the copper
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brian Protiva steps down at ADVA; Enea starts its 5G engine; Isle of Wight is half-done.

Telecom Italia to cut 9,000 jobs in latest 'rescue' plan
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

The Italian telecom incumbent wants to sell its capital-intensive, low-growth and debt-ridden networks business for a reported euro 25 billion.

AT&T network services CTO Fuetsch to retire
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

Andre Fuetsch, who oversees the mobile and fixed network technology direction for AT&T, is set to retire in September. The move is one of many recent departures and promotions in Ma Bell's exec suites.

FCC invites input on interagency broadband agreement
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice seeking comment on the interagency agreement between the FCC, USDA and NTIA on broadband coordination.

FCC clears SpaceX to connect Starlink to boats, planes, other moving vehicles
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

The caveat is that SpaceX must accept any and all interference from future 5G operations, including those in the 12GHz band.

'Completely backwards.' Skeptics fret over federal broadband map
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

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.

Online video subs will keep surging globally – Omdia
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

An Omdia study projects that online video subscribers will hit the 2 billion mark worldwide by 2027. Traditional pay TV is stagnating, but will account for a majority of video subscriptions revenues for at least another six years.

More work ahead on closing digital divide – but it should be done right
Guest Perspectives | 7/5/2022

The Fiber Broadband Association is assisting state officials and broadband offices to put grant programs together for the best and most effective use of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide quality high-speed broadband to all communities, with $45 billion in BEAD funding and another $25 billion in ARPA funds to close the digital divide.

Google Fiber to tangle with Cox and Lumen in Arizona
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

Once a deal is approved by the city council, Mesa will become the first city in Arizona to welcome Google Fiber. Network construction could start by early 2023.

Get ready to pay more for your telecom service
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

AT&T, Verizon and other operators have already engaged in a round of pricing and service fee increases. But analysts suggest we haven't seen the last of the price hikes.

The Buildout: WeLink debuts in DC
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

This week in broadband builds: WeLink's DC rollout, Ziply goes live in Sumas, Brightspeed's initial Ohio build, Clearwave's debut in Kansas.

BT dusts off pandemic playbook to counter strike action
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

BT claims to have 'robust plans' in place to counter possible strike action.

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