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DAA set to lead cable ops to next-gen HFC and FTTP

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

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

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

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.

Charter, Dish, others sign up for Airwaive's cell site finder

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

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.

Viasat's fastest downstream speed tier rises to 150 Mbit/s

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

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

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

LTD bails on RDOF buildout in California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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