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What's the Story? Frontier bundles in YouTube TV

Jeff Baumgartner joins the podcast to discuss Frontier's YouTube TV bundle and what the competitive implications are of that decision.

CommScope bulks up fiber optic cable production to aid rural rollouts

With demands for BEAD on the horizon, CommScope has expanded its US-based fiber optic cable manufacturing capacity and launched a lighter-weight fiber called 'HeliARC' that's optimized for rural deployments.

Rakuten's open RAN diversity claims ring hollow

Open interfaces will certainly aid specialists but it's hard to see how they will necessarily bring diversity, despite what proponents and government figures say.

Vodafone waves goodbye to RCS, shifts over to Google

Vodafone is shutting down its proprietary RCS platform and instead relying on Google to support business and consumer RCS based messaging services in future.

Wall Street is fed up with Dish Network

'We are downgrading Dish,' wrote the financial analysts at UBS in a report to investors this week. They aren't alone, and the list of reasons for the downgrades is long.

What you need to know about the national broadband map

The FCC's new National Broadband Map debuted in November and – as the basis for the BEAD program – will define the future of broadband access in the US. Here's the backstory on how we got here, challenges thus far and why an accurate map matters.

Eurobites: UK tries to nail AI jelly to the wall

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AI axes jobs; VMO2 does pay-per-view deal with DAZN; more mid-contract price-rise mayhem.

EU presses on with plans to get more use out of data

The EU's planned Data Act legislation, intended to facilitate the sharing and transferring of data, has advanced to the next stage of negotiations between EU bodies.

RDK gets more powerful Wi-Fi tech thanks to Comcast and OpenSync contribution

Comcast and companies associated with OpenSync have contributed a new, more powerful Wi-Fi software manager for the RDK-B stack to help manage broadband gateways, Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi extenders.

Disney mucks metaverse unit as part of larger layoff – report

Disney's metaverse unit, which had about 50 employees, was among the casualties in a larger wave of layoffs at the media giant, according to The Wall Street Journal.

NaaS startup Graphiant grabs $62M in funding

Founder and CEO Khalid Raza said industry interest in Graphiant's network edge service 'has been much faster than what we saw with MPLS at Cisco or SD-WAN with Viptela. Graphiant has hit a nerve.'

The Divide: How ACA Connects sees BEAD funds rolling out nationwide

ACA Connects' Brian Hurley joins the podcast to discuss the group's BEAD funding framework – a national analysis of how far funding from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program will go, and a state-by-state breakdown of how those funds can be used for fiber.

T-Mobile starts spending political capital to get its 2.5GHz spectrum

According to the financial analysts at New Street Research, T-Mobile isn't afraid to 'spend some political and financial capital to demonstrate that it has a strong argument' for its 5G spectrum.

Alibaba to break up into six 'agile' businesses

Alibaba restructure follows Jack Ma's return to China after lengthy absence.

Google Fiber to take on Cox and Lumen in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Building on a recent string of network expansion plans, Google Fiber's latest market target will pit it against area incumbents Cox Communications and Lumen/CenturyLink.

Amazon opens Sidewalk network to outside developers

Amazon is making a renewed effort to put Sidewalk on the map, announcing Tuesday that it's opening this network to outside developers and offering them free test kits to check its coverage.

Comcast expands service and tech ecosystem for new 'Smart Solutions' unit

The new Comcast Smart Solutions unit is expanding tech and service ecosystem to support its goal of being a one-stop-shop for IoT services tailored for municipalities, retailers, campuses and other businesses.

Here's why Paradise Mobile chose AWS for its 5G cloud

Paradise Mobile, which is planning to build a 5G network in Bermuda, said it will run its network operations almost completely within the AWS cloud.

Eurobites: BT explores '$500M opportunity' with AWS

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson does 5G fast in the Faroe Islands; Telia explores 5G for healthcare; French government kills the phone fun.

Charter makes rare acquisition amid focus on rural network expansions

M&A opportunities have been few and far between, but Charter has reportedly struck a deal to acquire Bee Line Cable, a family-owned operator serving parts of central Maine.

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