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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.

Altice USA unleashes 50GB 'Unlimited Max' mobile plan
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

Altice USA's new high-end tier allows users to stream in HD and chew up 50 gigabytes of data before speeds are throttled down.

'NextGenTV' goes for a ride
LRTV Interviews | 7/1/2022

In this podcast, Pearl TV's Anne Schelle discusses recent tests of the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast signaling standard at the Motown 3.0 Open Test Track in Detroit and explores other potential use cases for the standard, also known as 'NextGen TV.'

AT&T, Dish and CableLabs lead O-RAN Alliance efforts in US
News Analysis | 6/30/2022

AT&T and Dish hosted the O-RAN Alliance's testing efforts earlier this year, while CableLabs' Kyrio unit will open the alliance's first Open Test and Integration Center (OTIC) in the Americas.

AT&T partners with Amarillo to upgrade city's network
News Analysis | 6/29/2022

Following similar public/private fiber upgrade projects in rural areas, AT&T is targeting more than 22,000 customer locations via a three-year, multi-million agreement with the Texas panhandle city.

Indiana's Hoosier Net takes a crack at beefing up the middle-mile
CxO Spotlight | 6/29/2022

In this podcast, Rob Shema, CEO of Com Net Inc. and Hoosier Net, discusses a plan to interconnect telcos and electric cooperatives to beef up broadband quality and reliability amid the pursuit of federal funding for rural broadband.

Amazon works the refs on Starlink's 'Gen2' satellite constellation
News Analysis | 6/28/2022

Amazon, which has satellite broadband ambitions of its own, tells the FCC that SpaceX should be limited to operating a 'small subset' of nearly 30,000 low-Earth orbit satellites as interference issues are ironed out.

CableLabs takes aim at network and service convergence
LRTV Interviews | 6/28/2022

In this podcast, Carmela Stuart, director of the future infrastructure group at CableLabs, discusses several projects underway to explore use cases and tech requirements for supporting 5G and DOCSIS at the network edge.

Here are seven questions dogging the FCC's broadband 'nutrition labels'
DanoVision | 6/28/2022

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.

New York broadband map reveals disparities
News Analysis | 6/28/2022

A broadband map commissioned by New York shows 97.4% of the state is considered 'served,' but it also exposes regional gaps and economic disparities.

Biden's net neutrality strategy looks doomed
DanoVision | 6/27/2022

It's been around 250 days since President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn as the fifth FCC commissioner. Now, it looks increasingly likely that she will never be approved into the agency.

FCC wants answers about 'NextGen TV' transition
News Analysis | 6/27/2022

The FCC wants a progress report on broadcaster deployments of the ATSC 3.0 signaling standard, and what technical challenges, if any, cable and other pay-TV operators will face in carrying them.

DAA set to lead cable ops to next-gen HFC and FTTP
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

Cable ops aren't uniform on whether they'll go with DOCSIS 4.0 or make a leap to FTTP, but it's clear that upgrading to a flexible, distributed access architecture (DAA) will emerge as the common denominator.

Netflix looking to buy – then possibly build – its advertising biz
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed this week that the streamer is in talks with multiple potential ad-tech partners, but suggested that Netflix might ultimately develop its own advertising platform.

'Robust' broadband choice squashes need for regulation, says trade group
Broadband World News | 6/23/2022

Study from ACA Connects argues that the case for new regulations has 'vanished' amid 'robust' broadband growth and competition.

Altice USA crosses fiber subscriber milestone as network upgrade expands
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

Top five US cable operator Altice USA said it has more than 100K FTTP customers. The network passes about 1.3M homes and businesses. Multi-gigabit speeds are on the way.

Airwaive touts progress in selling cell site finder to operators
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

Using Airwaive's service, network operators outline the locations where they need sites and the amount they're willing to pay. The offers are then delivered to property owners, who can decide if they're willing to host the equipment.

Broadband’s future goes beyond speeds and feeds
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

Attributes such as high reliability and low latency are becoming critical, even in the multi-gigabit era. 'Netflix isn't going to look any better' on a multi-gigabit broadband connection, notes Vodafone's Gavin Young.

Paramount+ starts European push
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Paramount Global launched its premium streaming service in the UK and Ireland Wednesday as part of a larger global expansion drive.

Viasat's fastest downstream speed tier rises to 150 Mbit/s
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Viasat, whose prior top speed for home broadband tapped out at 100 Mbit/s, has introduced the new 150-Meg tier in dozens of markets, with plans to make the faster offering available nationwide.

Charter snags lion's share of Kentucky broadband funds
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Charter Communications has picked up nearly $50 million in state grants to deploy broadband service in several rural Kentucky counties.

Today's booming $8B fiber access market is under attack
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Vendors are piling into the multi-billion-dollar market for PON equipment while component costs are soaring.

LTD bails on RDOF buildout in California
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

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.

Rogers rises after agreeing to C$2.85B Freedom sale to Quebecor
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

One of Canada's biggest operators is hopeful the sale of mobile assets will persuade regulators to bless its mega merger with Shaw.

Despite critics, fiber rollout is a rare UK success story
Morris Lore | 6/20/2022

Despite fears of a 'digital' imbalance between fiber haves and have-nots, a surge of private-sector investment has been welcome.

States are gearing up to bet the farm on fiber
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

Instead of focusing on the business case, Pew's Kathryn de Wit said states should focus on the opportunity cost of not having fiber.

Fiber Connect 2022: Make way for the fiber-fueled future
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2022

Mari Silbey, senior director of partnerships and outreach at US Ignite, joins the Light Reading team to discuss takeaways from the Fiber Connect conference in Nashville.

Cisco's Jonathan Davidson: Working globally to connect more people
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2022

Cisco EVP talks about the projects aimed at reducing the digital divide and how private 5G-as-a-service could help.

Finland's Teleste plummets on new profit warning
News Analysis | 6/17/2022

Component shortages triggered by war and disease are hurting the Finnish equipment maker, and costs are on the rise.

Podcast: Cisco's Masum Mir on the reality and hype of the metaverse
LRTV Interviews | 6/16/2022

In this podcast, Masum Mir, VP and GM of engineering at Cisco, discusses changes on the horizon for networks and network security to support the so-called metaverse, and how Cisco's relationship with the cable industry is evolving.

Omdia's Julie Kunstler on how fiber is challenging the cable industry
LRTV Interviews | 6/16/2022

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.

Broadband 'absolutely still a growth business,' Charter CFO says
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

Charter expects to shed some broadband subs amid the transition to the ACP. Despite this 'special circumstance,' Charter's CFO still expects the overall broadband picture to stay positive in Q2.

CostQuest counts 23-25M homes, businesses unserved or underserved by broadband
CxO Spotlight | 6/16/2022

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.

Traditional retail stores not part of WOW's mobile game plan, CEO says
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

Instead, WOW will rely heavily on digital/online sales and lean on Reach Mobile to handle most customer interactions, says CEO Teresa Elder.

Cisco CEO: Navigating constant crisis is the new reality
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

Supporting and securing the network is rapidly evolving as data and applications are massively distributed and effectively delivered 'everywhere,' CEO Chuck Robbins said at the annual Cisco Live event.

NBCU chief sees bright days ahead despite pandemic, inflation
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Painting a rosy picture for the Comcast unit, NBCUniversal Chairman & CEO Jeff Shell says the movie, TV programming and theme park business is 'roaring back' from pandemic disruptions of the past two years.

SeaChange-Triller deal is a no-go
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

SeaChange, a supplier of video tech and software, and Triller have agreed to terminate a merger that was announced in late 2021. They killed the deal after determining it could not be completed by June 30, 2022.

Four forces driving 1-Gig as 'new global standard' – report
Broadband World News | 6/14/2022

Consumer demand, operator technology upgrades, marketing and high levels of investment are all contributing to 1-Gig growth globally, says analyst firm Omdia.

Starry needs another $1B to fund ambitious growth plan – analyst
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

Starry, the fixed wireless operator, has vast potential but will need more funds to pull off a vision to service 13 million homes and connect 640,000 subs in the next five years, according to MoffettNathanson.

AT&T fiber field trial pumps out 20-Gig symmetrical speeds
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

AT&T's field test was run on a production network involving five miles of fiber using central office tech from Nokia paired with customer premises equipment (CPE) outfitted with FPGAs.

NTIA chief defends broadband rules in Senate hearing
Broadband World News | 6/10/2022

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.

2TB 'super power users' growing faster than 1TB users – OpenVault study
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

Although average data consumption hit 513.8 gigabytes in Q1 2022, up 11% year-over-year, consumption actually dropped 4.2% versus the prior quarter, according to OpenVault's latest Broadband Insights Report.

What's the story? All roads lead to 10G
LRTV Interviews | 6/10/2022

The Cable Next-Gen Europe Digital Symposium will explore how European cable operators and their American counterparts are taking different approaches to reaching 10G.

Streaming buys strike the right balance in TV ad campaigns – Comcast study
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

A new annual Comcast Advertising study suggests that advertisers allocate up to 30% of their premium video budget toward streaming, but still spend the bulk of their ad dollars on traditional TV.

Cox explores a smart TV strategy
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

Cox, which already has an X1 syndication deal with Comcast, is looking into a platform approach of delivering services and apps without a set-top box, exec says.

WideOpenWest soft launches mobile service
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

In partnership with Reach Mobile, WideOpenWest has begun to market four mobile service options that start at $15 per month for a 'Basic' package and top out at $45 per month for an 'All-In Unlimited' plan.

Reliability paramount in home broadband, former Comcast CTO says
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

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.

Harmonic ready to teach old Cisco nodes some new tricks
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

Harmonic has released an upgrade kit that enables Cisco GS7000 nodes to support the distributed access architecture and DOCSIS 4.0 as the widely-deployed Cisco equipment nears its end-of-life.

Nextlink plugs the power of 6GHz for fixed wireless access
CxO Spotlight | 6/7/2022

In this podcast, Claude Aiken, the new chief strategy officer and chief legal officer of Nextlink Internet, discusses the company trial of gigabit-class fixed wireless speeds over the 6GHz band. Aiken also offers an important update on how the regulatory landscape is shaping up in the band.

Hughes tries to bridge the digital divide in Mexico
News Analysis | 6/7/2022

Hughes Network Systems is teaming with a handful of partners to bring satellite broadband connectivity to more than 7,200 sites in rural, underserved parts of Mexico.

Comcast unit lands another international streaming win
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

Deutsche Telekom has tapped Comcast Technology Solutions' Cloud TV Suite as the new backend platform for its Magenta TV service in selected European markets, starting in Austria.

GAO: US needs a national broadband strategy
Broadband World News | 6/6/2022

A new study counts over 100 broadband programs administered by 15 agencies and calls the federal approach to closing the digital divide 'fragmented and overlapping.'

Cox to invest $400M in network to reach underserved areas
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

Network expansion has become the name of the game in an industry that's been grappling with a slowing pace of broadband subscriber growth.

Ciena CEO: Supply chain constraints reach 'most volatile' levels
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

The network equipment vendor managed to grow revenues by 14% in its fiscal second quarter, but strong demand was overshadowed by worsening supply chain constraints that caused its backlog to balloon to more than $4 billion.

MyBundle.TV hooks up with Sling TV
News Analysis | 6/2/2022

The Dish-owned OTT-TV streaming service is the first to allow MyBundle.TV to bill services through an aggregation platform being used by dozens of US broadband service operators.

Starlink surpasses 400K subscribers worldwide
News Analysis | 6/2/2022

Meanwhile, Elon Musk claims SpaceX has already produced the first heavy-duty 'Gen2' Starlink satellite, which is seven meters long and 2,755 pounds.

DZS splashes out $25M for Assia assets
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

After closing a deal that covers Assia's CloudCheck and Expresse products, DZS says revenue tied to software and services is on pace to reach $50 million annually and climb to $100 million by 2025.

Eurobites: BT Warner Bros £633M sport TV tie-up under scrutiny
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica shortlists for fiber network; Telia finalises Tet sale, announces share buy back after tower sale; Virgin Media O2 is one; Europe turns to telemedicine.

ViaSat-3 satellite service launch slips to early 2023
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

A delay on the first of three new high-capacity satellites poised to provide global coverage will briefly push out Viasat's plan to add critical capacity to its residential satellite broadband service.

Cable Next-Gen Europe returns online
Alantown | 5/31/2022

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.

Altice USA won't ditch HFC just yet
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Altice USA CFO Michael Grau told JP Morgan investors the third-largest US MSO will keep its cable network as it overbuilds that plant with fiber-to-the-home.

NFL preps new premium streaming service
News Analysis | 5/26/2022

League reportedly plans to launch NFL Plus, a mobile-focused service offering live games on cell phones and tablets, in July for about $5 a month.

Broadcom makes massive $61B bid for VMware
News Analysis | 5/26/2022

Broadcom's offer price of $142.50 per VMware share represents a premium of nearly 49% compared with VMware's share price earlier this week during early rumors of the deal.

Cable nabbed the bulk of US wireless sub growth in Q1 – analyst
News Analysis | 5/25/2022

With 3G disconnects applied to the industry's grand total, the US cable industry drove 98% of wireless growth, according to MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett.

Gigabit competition among drivers impacting broadband sub growth at Charter
News Analysis | 5/25/2022

But the impact on broadband sub growth from 1-Gig competition pales when compared to other factors, including record low churn driven by reduced move activity and a sluggish market for new housing, Charter CFO Jessica Fischer says.

Evoca tunes in Sling TV for new pay-TV bundle
News Analysis | 5/25/2022

Evoca, a multichannel TV provider that uses a blend of broadband and ASTC 3.0 broadcast signals, is pitching a discounted bundle of Sling TV packages.

Home broadband/mobile has become Comcast's 'lead bundle,' CFO says
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

With 4 million mobile lines against 34 million total customer relationships, Comcast's mobile business has 'a long way to go,' says CFO Mike Cavanagh.

FWA is not a short-term play, Verizon CFO says
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

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.

Swiss Salt keeps fiber figures under wraps
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

Salt CEO Pascal Grieder said the operator made a good start to the year with organic growth in mobile, B2B and home broadband.

Nextlink sizes up gigabit speeds over fixed wireless
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

The Cable One-backed wireless ISP said it intends to launch gigabit-class services later this year following recent field trials that tapped into the 6GHz spectrum band.

DOCSIS 4.0 network upgrades could reach $300 per home passed – analyst
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

That compares to about $10 per home for past DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades, but is still far less than a jump to fiber-to-the-premises, Cowen noted in a report based on insight from Broadband Success Partners.

Frontier accelerates 2022 fiber buildout by up to 20%
News Analysis | 5/20/2022

Revised plan is to exceed its 2022 buildout target of 1 million fiber locations by an additional 100,000 to 200,000 locations. Frontier is still on track to deploy FTTP to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.

Charter CEO frets over labor shortages
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Charter Communications Chairman & CEO Tom Rutledge worries about finding enough workers to build all the wired and wireless network infrastructure the operator seeks to deploy over the next few years.

80% of Verizon's FWA business customers use it as their primary connection
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Unlike earlier 4G-based use cases, the 5G version of FWA is 'not a secondary backup' for the vast majority of Verizon's commercial services customers, says Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin.

Comcast not seeing 'material' churn from fixed wireless, but not taking it lightly
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Fixed wireless rivals face 'a lot of trade-offs they're going to have to sort through' regarding elements such as network capacity and potential congestion, says Dave Watson, president and CEO of Comcast Cable.

Altice USA ramps up for 5-Gig service
News Analysis | 5/18/2022

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.

Kimberly Maki lends SCTE a helping hand
The Bauminator | 5/18/2022

Maki, a former exec of both SCTE and Bright House Networks, is consulting with the organization as SCTE makes plans for Cable-Tec Expo to return as an in-person show this fall in Philadelphia.

The standalone streaming player isn't dead yet, Roku CFO says
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

Steven Louden acknowledges that consumers are shifting to connected TVs with integrated operating systems, but says there's still an important role to play for standalone streaming players and dongles.

Grant Spellmeyer to succeed Matt Polka as ACA Connects CEO
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

Spellmeyer most recently served as vice president of government affairs at UScellular.

Eurobites: Allegations fly in Phones 4U case
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach fiber rolls on; Ziggo brings the gig to Hoogeveen; Sparkle teams up with Atos.

Ting Internet to take on Comcast and Verizon in Alexandria
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

After securing a franchise earlier this year, Ting says construction will start this summer on the fiber network, which will eventually connect more than 90,000 homes in the area.

WOW in exclusive M&A talks with Morgan Stanley infrastructure unit – report
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Word of acquisition talks surface more than a month after Bloomberg reported that WideOpenWest was exploring strategic options, including a potential sale.

5G proponents fret over Biden's fiber fancy
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

New federal guidelines put an emphasis on fiber networks: 'The program prioritizes projects designed to provide fiber connectivity directly to the end user.' And that's not sitting well with some 5G proponents.

The Cable Center CEO on how the industry must innovate from within to drive change
LRTV Interviews | 5/13/2022

In this podcast, Diane Christman, new CEO of The Cable Center, digs into the genesis, purpose and takeaways of the organization's first annual 'Intrapreneurship & Innovation Report,' and offers a look ahead to this year's Cable Hall of Fame event in New York.

DZS CEO predicts $1B market opportunity post acquisition
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

CEO Charlie Vogt said DZS will target more software and enterprise licensing deals as it finalizes its purchase of Assia's analytics assets.

IQ Fiber's CTO talks about the startup's fiber foray in Florida
CxO Spotlight | 5/12/2022

In this podcast, new IQ Fiber CTO Aamer Abbasi digs into the greenfield opportunities the startup is pursuing in northeast Florida, thoughts about future multi-gig services and how government stimulus funding might fit into IQ Fiber's future game plan.

Marcien Jenckes to helm the Comcast-Charter streaming JV
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

Jenckes, currently president of advertising at Comcast Cable, previously headed up the operator's residential video and broadband businesses.

Disney+ hits 137M subs
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Disney's direct-to-consumer unit lost $877M while revenues climbed 23%

VMO2 fiber JV in 'concrete discussions' with financial partners, says Liberty Global CEO
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

And, for now, the operator will keep at arm's length a lobbying effort led by some major European operators to recoup rising network and capacity costs driven by streaming services.

Where does cable go from here?
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

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.'

DOCSIS 4.0 revenues a couple years out, Casa CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 5/10/2022

Meanwhile, the supplier is seeing 'high-split' trials and deployments perk up as cable operators seek ways to expand upstream capacity on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.

White House touts ISP commitments to increase affordable access
Broadband World News | 5/10/2022

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.'

Cable One isn't feeling T-Mobile's FWA heat yet
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

The cable operator estimates its FTTP overlap to be about 20%, up from an estimate of 14% about a year ago, as more telcos add to fiber routes.

WOW nears mobile launch, doubles greenfield fiber buildout commitment
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

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.

Thoughts on the evolving battle among US fiber, cable and 5G providers
DanoVision | 5/9/2022

Some have speculated that Charter will eventually purchase T-Mobile. Others think AT&T could acquire Dish Network or Altice. Here are three trends currently affecting this battle.

Canada objects to Rogers' $20.1B marriage to Shaw
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

Regulator apparently unhappy about Rogers' choice of buyer for Shaw's mobile assets, fearing this would hurt competition.

Dish pay-TV losses accelerate to 462,000 in Q1
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Dish shares drop 19% as worse-than-expected pay-TV subscriber losses - 228,000 for satellite TV and 234,000 for Sling TV - roughly doubled the company's video losses from a year ago.

Dish's Charlie Ergen sees 'opportunity for fixed wireless in rural America'
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Meanwhile, the company is confident that it can meet its commitment to cover 20% of the US population with 5G by June 14. Dish expects to add a smartphone that supports Band 70 to its device lineup sometime this fall.

Net broadband subscriber adds the 'new normal' at Frontier, CEO says
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Frontier added a record 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1 2022, more than enough to more than offset copper losses. Frontier posted a net gain of 20,000 total broadband subs for the period.

Former SCTE exec Zenita Henderson heads to Segra
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Cable vet Zenita Henderson appointed CMO at Segra, the fiber specialist Cox acquired in 2021, nearly five months before SCTE hosts Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia.

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