The Buildout is a new column from Light Reading tracking broadband network deployments. This week we're tracking fiber and fixed wireless builds that will connect roughly 650,000 homes and businesses across the US. Send us your news right here.
This week in broadband builds: Starry goes to Vegas; USDA doles out $401 million; 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.
The Vegas news comes on the heels of Starry reporting record subscriber growth for the second quarter of 2022. According to operational results, Starry added 9,703 customers, bringing its total to 80,950, up 69.4% for the year. The company also ended Q2 with 5.7 million serviceable homes, roughly 1 million more than the year before.
Other large winners included Charter at $10.1 million to cover 2,167 locations in three parishes, and Comcast, with nearly $8 million to cover 1,138 locations in two parishes. The largest chunk of funding at $28.2 million went to Star Communications, a local telecommunications company delivering service in west central Louisiana, to cover 9,249 locations in two parishes. In a statement, Governor John Bel Edwards said the state would distribute more funding for broadband later this year: "We have another $43 million in funds from the ARP we will award by October, and we are expecting an additional significant amount of federal funds from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will be awarded next year to continue to address access, affordability and literacy."
— Nicole Ferraro, editor, Light Reading and host of "The Divide" podcast