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The Divide: NDIA's Amy Huffman on how to build a state digital equity plan

This week: Amy Huffman, policy director at the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), joins to discuss the federal government's $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act, and NDIA's new toolkit for helping states develop digital equity plans.

Cable business services bounce back

Following a slowdown that marked the earlier phases of the pandemic, cable business service revenues and customer growth have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.

AT&T, Verizon warn that additional price hikes are still on the table

'There might be segments that make sense to increase prices,' Verizon's CEO warned this week. AT&T's Jeff McElfresh said the operator could make similar moves.

BT eyes overseas markets for its fiber-laying robots

The wasp drill and dropbot are among the robotics innovations that could help countries to slash their multi-billion-dollar spending on fiber rollout.

Eurobites: Vodafone's open RAN 'golden cluster' is go – but is it running late?

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK's telecom bills aren't shocking, says study; Ericsson does fronthaul Down Under; Apple's DIY device repair service arrives in Europe.

Airtel and Meta team up on cable, CPaaS and open RAN in India

Airtel and Meta will work together on bringing 2Africa Pearl to India, improving open RAN efficiency and integrating WhatsApp with Airtel's IQ.

Tipping point for 5G SA could come in 2023

Reports signal there could be a 'substantial base' of 5G SA infrastructure in 2024. The expected potential of network slicing remains a key focus despite efforts to temper the hype.

New Zealand targets 100% fiber take-up by 2032

National public-private broadband scheme has already brought fiber to 87% of premises.

Warner Bros. Discovery may be taking streaming to the ‘Max’

A streamer that merges HBO Max and Discovery+ is set to debut next spring. But adding another brand to the mix could cause more confusion for consumers who are already juggling an array of streaming services.

US cable captures 31% of wireless industry net adds in Q3 – report

Cable's outsized share of industry net adds is creating a 'crowding out' problem for incumbent mobile service providers, according to MoffettNathanson.

Verizon's Hans Vestberg: I'll just do it myself

Manon Brouillette, appointed by Hans Vestberg to head up the Verizon Consumer Group, is out. Now, Vestberg himself said he will lead the business.

Broadband priorities for outgoing and incoming Congress

Here are some of the broadband policy matters facing the outgoing and incoming US Congress that will help determine the implementation of BEAD and more.

Demand for edge computing is taking longer than expected to develop

'On the MEC [multi-access edge compute], what we are finding is demand is taking a little longer to go,' explained Verizon Business CEO Sowmyanarayan Sampath during a recent event.

The problem of India's widening digital divide

Rising tariffs and device prices do not bode well for the Indians who live in economically disadvantaged parts of the country.

Eurobites: Sparkle targets multinationals with new voice offering

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb set to launch more satellites with SpaceX; ThinkAnalytics lands Magyar Telekom deal; UK's Labour Party joins mid-contract price rise ruckus.

Vodafone boss quits after turnaround failures, share price gloom

Nick Read will step down at the end of the year, leaving his eventual successor with a huge list of challenges for 2023.

Smartphone industry to begin recovery late next year – IDC

IDC initially expected the global smartphone market to grow by 1.6% during the course of 2022. After several revisions, the firm now expects the industry to decline by 9.1%.

Notebook Dump: 6G and broadband and bears – oh my!

Light Reading editors discuss SES and Boeing's medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellite launch planned for later this month, Dish Wireless' plans to rule 6G, the FCC's release of its national broadband map and more.

Netflix, Hulu don't owe local franchise fees, Ohio's high court rules

The Ohio Supreme Court has joined others in ruling that Netflix and Hulu aren't 'video service providers' under state law and therefore don't have to pay the same franchise fees that cable and telcos do.

Leading Lights 2022: The Winners

Light Reading is delighted to announce the winners emerging from hundreds of entries and dozens of finalists in the 24 categories that make up this year's Leading Lights Awards program.

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