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Here are 10 big broadband moments from the last 12 monthsHere are 10 big broadband moments from the last 12 months

While we're covering the Big 5G event, here's a look back at a few broadband industry highlights from the last 12 months.

May 18, 2022

11 Min Read
Here are 10 big broadband moments from the last 12 months

The broadband industry is having a moment that often gets compared to the rural electrification of the 1930s here in the US.

The push to close the "digital divide" following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic may have finally delivered enough money and institutional buy-in to accomplish something more than telco corporate responsibility box-ticking.

In the US, millions of people still lack broadband access. Indeed, the actual number should become clearer – and bigger – when new federal broadband data is released later this year (more on that later).

With 5G now a strategic weapon and something of a wildcard in the usual turf war between a few government-sanctioned monopolies, all eyes are on the broadband industry as it paves the way for a universally connected future.

Here are ten of the biggest moments from the last year that have helped define the state of broadband today and where the industry is headed.

1. Cable sees broadband subscriber slowdown

Following their early-pandemic peaks, cable operators like Comcast and Charter saw wireline broadband subscriber numbers start to fall this past year. This may have implications for how cable factors into the broadband game going forward. As Jeff Baumgartner recently reported, slowing broadband growth for cable providers has led to a stock sell-off and concerns that they could go negative, with competition from fiber builds and fixed wireless access (FWA) taking most of the blame. LightShed Partners went so far as to say that "the cable broadband growth era is over."

Catch up on some other cable and telco subscriber slowdown highlights here:

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