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Nicole Ferraro
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Rural ISPs struggling to meet FCC mapping deadline
News Analysis  | 
8/18/2022  |  Post a comment
Small ISPs are scrambling to meet a September 1 deadline to submit coverage data to the FCC, or risk being locked out of the $42.5 billion BEAD program.
The Buildout: Kinetic in Kentucky, Meta's Cleveland collab, Charter completes $3M CARES Act build
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8/17/2022  |  Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter goes live with RDOF and CARES Act builds; Meta supports DigitalC FWA; Cisco gets in on Neighborhood Wi-Fi; Kinetic and Conexon build in Kentucky; Brightspeed in Arkansas; Glo Fiber in Pennsylvania.
'Thanks guys, great quarter'
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8/12/2022  |  Post a comment
A list of Light Reading's coverage of Q2 2022 earnings calls, and whether or not women participated on each one.
FCC commissioner 'surprised' to learn of Starlink RDOF rejection
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8/11/2022  |  Post a comment
The FCC denied RDOF awards for Starlink and LTD, prompting cheers from the fiber industry and jeers from a fellow FCC commissioner, who said he learned the news while 'on a work trip.'
The Divide: How a co-op is solving 'the broadband problem' in rural Georgia
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8/11/2022  |  Post a comment
This episode features Conexon's Jonathan Chambers and Central Georgia EMC's Herschel Arant. We discuss their work delivering fiber broadband in Georgia, why rural customers are taking gig speeds and why co-ops are well placed to deliver on federal funding.
New York leveraging state-owned fiber for first 'ConnectAll' build
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8/10/2022  |  Post a comment
The state's first ConnectAll grant will help fund an open access fiber build in the Village of Sherburne that the mayor says has been years in the making.
'Buy America' rules have broadband industry on edge
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8/8/2022  |  Post a comment
Many in the industry have been raising concerns about the federal government's 'Buy America' rules for subsidized broadband builds. But some also see an opportunity.
The Buildout: Charter, Windstream win in North Carolina, Comcast gets $10M in Baltimore, Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s
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8/5/2022  |  Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Charter and Windstream win in North Carolina; Comcast gets $10 million in Maryland; Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s; Internet Society awards EPIC grants. Plus construction and launches from Fidium Fiber, Brightspeed, Metronet and more.
Fueled by fiber, Adtran forecasts a 'very bright future'
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8/4/2022  |  Post a comment
Adtran reported a strong Q2, fueled by fiber investments in the US and Europe. But supply chain constraints 'have negatively impacted our profitability,' said CEO Tom Stanton.
The Divide: WISPs are the digital divide's 'first responders,' says new WISPA CEO
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8/4/2022  |  Post a comment
David Zumwalt, CEO of WISPA, joins the podcast to discuss how fixed wireless providers are tackling the digital divide. We also get into WISPA's take on federal funding rules, unlicensed spectrum and why Zumwalt calls the FCC's broadband mapping effort 'an area of great concern.'
Consolidated breaks fiber records, makes recession jokes
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8/2/2022  |  Post a comment
Consolidated Communications achieved net-positive broadband connections for the first time in seven years and disclosed a $490 million plan to sell its stake in five wireless partnerships to fund its fiber build.
SpaceX rebuts Viasat's 'misguided campaign' against Starlink's RDOF wins
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8/2/2022  |  Post a comment
SpaceX and Viasat both cited speed test data in their latest opposing arguments to the FCC on whether Starlink's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund bids should be approved.
Yellowstone Fiber sees no 'rational ROI' in rural Montana without federal funds
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7/29/2022  |  Post a comment
As Yellowstone Fiber builds out its open access network in Gallatin County, Montana, the company is now looking to ARPA and BEAD grants to reach the most unserved parts of the region.
'We're not giving anything away here.' Liberty Global CEO defends new fiber JV
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7/29/2022  |  Post a comment
Liberty Global used its Q2 2022 earnings results to officially announce its FTTH joint venture with Telefónica and InfraVia in the UK. The transaction is expected to close in Q4.
The Buildout: Charter nets millions in Louisiana, Consolidated goes to Washington, and more
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7/28/2022  |  Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Starry goes to Vegas; USDA doles out $401M; 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.
BEAD's high-cost threshold 'key area' of concern for fiber advocates
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7/27/2022  |  Post a comment
While NTIA's notice of funding opportunity prioritizes fiber builds for those applying for BEAD grants, a 'high-cost threshold' exception has been a point of concern for fiber advocates.
Calix goes all in on 'significant opportunity' in US
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7/26/2022  |  Post a comment
Calix reported 20% annual revenue growth and a 33% increase in US revenue, driven by 'significant opportunity ahead.' Still, said execs, the supply chain remains 'a war every day.'
FCC proposes $2.3M fine for LTD's defaulted RDOF bids
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7/25/2022  |  Post a comment
The FCC proposed over $4 million in fines against defaulted RDOF applicants, with $2.3 million of those fines for the auction's largest bidder, LTD Broadband.
The Divide: Measuring Internet equity, with Nick Feamster
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7/21/2022  |  Post a comment
Nick Feamster, director of research for the Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago, recently joined the Light Reading Podcast to discuss his team's research based on the Internet Equity Initiative data portal, which uses Ookla Speedtest data to map out Internet inequities.
LTD Broadband may lose RDOF funding in Minnesota
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7/20/2022  |  Post a comment
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered an investigation into LTD's status as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), putting more of its RDOF dollars at risk.
FCC to consider pilot program to boost ACP enrollment
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7/19/2022  |  Post a comment
In a draft order, the FCC outlined an initiative called 'Your Home, Your Internet' aimed at increasing participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among those receiving federal housing assistance.
The Buildout: Mercury Broadband gets $62M through RDOF for Midwest build
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7/18/2022  |  Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: Mercury Broadband's RDOF plans; Spectrum live in Dona Ana; SiFi, Google Fiber to build Mesa open access network; Fidium live in Concord; Brightspeed's Missouri build.
Playlist: 'The Divide' on the Light Reading Podcast
Prime Reading  | 
7/18/2022  |  Post a comment
Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
The Divide: Ji Soo Song on the Department of Education's role in achieving digital equity
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7/14/2022  |  Post a comment
This episode features Ji Soo Song, broadband advisor at the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET). We discuss the department's Digital Equity Education Roundtables initiative and how educational institutions can use infrastructure funding to help close the digital divide for students.
ISPs, consumer advocates disagree on 'digital discrimination'
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7/8/2022  |  Post a comment
In public comments filed to the FCC, ISPs and consumer advocates disagreed over how to address 'digital discrimination' and whether or not it exists.
The Divide: Vistabeam's Matt Larsen on the reliability of wireless and pitfalls of federal funding
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7/7/2022  |  Post a comment
Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam, joins the podcast to discuss the role of fixed wireless in reaching unserved populations and how more federal funding to close the digital divide could have the opposite impact.
FCC invites input on interagency broadband agreement
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7/6/2022  |  Post a comment
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice seeking comment on the interagency agreement between the FCC, USDA and NTIA on broadband coordination.
'Completely backwards.' Skeptics fret over federal broadband map
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7/5/2022  |  Post a comment
The FCC opened its broadband data collection system to service providers. But some are worried the lengthy mapping process will leave behind those who need service the most.
The Buildout: WeLink debuts in DC
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7/1/2022  |  Post a comment
This week in broadband builds: WeLink's DC rollout, Ziply goes live in Sumas, Brightspeed's initial Ohio build, Clearwave's debut in Kansas.
The Divide: Connected Nation's Heather Gate on maps, grants and the 'future-proof' fallacy
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6/30/2022  |  Post a comment
Heather Gate, vice president of digital inclusion at Connected Nation, joins the podcast to discuss collaborating with states on broadband maps and grant requests, and why she dislikes the phrase 'future proof.'
New York broadband map reveals disparities
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6/28/2022  |  Post a comment
A broadband map commissioned by New York shows 97.4% of the state is considered 'served,' but it also exposes regional gaps and economic disparities.
The Divide: Ready's Scott Woods on what NTIA got right and wrong with BEAD
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6/24/2022  |  Post a comment
Scott Woods, VP of community engagement at Ready, and a former NTIA official, joins the podcast to discuss the federal government's broadband grants and how Ready is helping ISPs prepare for funding opportunities.
'Robust' broadband choice squashes need for regulation, says trade group
Broadband World News  | 
6/23/2022  |  Post a comment
Study from ACA Connects argues that the case for new regulations has 'vanished' amid 'robust' broadband growth and competition.
Broadband administration jobs abound across US
Broadband World News  | 
6/22/2022  |  Post a comment
Federal, state and local offices are hiring for a range of positions to manage billions of dollars in broadband grants.
Virginia's broadband director on using BEAD funding to close the digital divide
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6/15/2022  |  Post a comment
Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the office of broadband for the state of Virginia, discusses how the state has ramped up broadband infrastructure investments over the years, its work on broadband mapping and how forthcoming BEAD funding can help the state expand its efforts to close the digital divide.
Four forces driving 1-Gig as 'new global standard' – report
Broadband World News  | 
6/14/2022  |  Post a comment
Consumer demand, operator technology upgrades, marketing and high levels of investment are all contributing to 1-Gig growth globally, says analyst firm Omdia.
NTIA chief defends broadband rules in Senate hearing
Broadband World News  | 
6/10/2022  |  Post a comment
Broadband rules also drew criticism from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) which called NTIA's fiber focus 'contrary to Congress' tech-neutral design' of the infrastructure law.
GAO: US needs a national broadband strategy
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6/6/2022  |  Post a comment
A new study counts over 100 broadband programs administered by 15 agencies and calls the federal approach to closing the digital divide 'fragmented and overlapping.'
White House touts ISP commitments to increase affordable access
Broadband World News  | 
5/10/2022  |  Post a comment
But consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that some of the broadband providers on that list are the same ones 'sabotaging President Biden's FCC.'
Former Dem senator launches campaign to squash Gigi Sohn's FCC confirmation
Broadband World News  | 
4/26/2022  |  Post a comment
One Country Project, led by former Senator Heidi Heitkamp – a Democrat – is launching a campaign claiming that Sohn 'is the wrong choice for the FCC and rural America.'
Senators to Rosenworcel: Communities need clarity on RDOF
Broadband World News  | 
4/20/2022  |  Post a comment
Senators requested updates on the FCC's efforts to default ineligible bids, how they're collaborating on broadband funding across agencies and how rejected funds will be redistributed.
The Divide: State Rep. Deb Ruggiero on fighting for broadband in Rhode Island
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4/19/2022  |  Post a comment
Rhode Island State Rep. Deb Ruggiero joins the podcast to discuss the state's broadband needs and why she is trying to pass a bill to establish a broadband advisory council.
The Divide: ACA's Matt Polka discusses unserved Americans' need for BEAD
LRTV Interviews  | 
4/18/2022  |  Post a comment
This week: Matt Polka, CEO of ACA Connects, on closing the digital divide in rural and suburban markets, and how the NTIA should write the final rules for its $42.45 billion BEAD grant program.
California taps Utopia Fiber as partner on open access network
Broadband World News  | 
4/13/2022  |  Post a comment
Utopia Fiber's partnership with California's Golden State Connect Authority comes following the state's passage of a $6 billion broadband bill with $3.25 billion for an open access, middle mile fiber network.
Rosenworcel promises broadband map this fall
Broadband World News  | 
4/5/2022  |  Post a comment
The FCC Chairwoman also confirmed the Commission would start a challenge process following the map release to give localities, tribes, carriers and consumers the opportunity to tell the agency what it got wrong.
The Divide: Clearfield's Cheri Beranek on explosive fiber demand and building heterogenous networks
LRTV Interviews  | 
4/1/2022  |  Post a comment
This week: Cheri Beranek, CEO of Clearfield, on the state of the fiber industry and the supply chain's impact on broadband deployments, why she supports heterogeneous networks, the company's efforts in workforce training and more.
Rural broadband gets $600M in proposed Biden budget
Broadband World News  | 
3/29/2022  |  Post a comment
The budget proposal also includes $25 million for rural co-ops to refinance Rural Utilities Services loan debt and upgrade their networks.
Construction starts on open access fiber network in Montana
Broadband World News  | 
3/28/2022  |  Post a comment
Yellowstone Fiber has started laying conduit to install underground fiber to connect Gallatin County and the city of Bozeman, Montana. The open access network is a partnership with Utah's Utopia Fiber.
Cox investment prompts Rhode Island reps to push for broadband council
Broadband World News  | 
3/22/2022  |  Post a comment
Rhode Island lawmakers called a multi-million-dollar Cox investment 'an effort to catch up on years of neglect' and renewed their push for a dedicated advisory council to plan out the state's broadband future.
Global broadband prices rose during pandemic – study
Broadband World News  | 
3/21/2022  |  Post a comment
A new policy brief shows fixed broadband prices rose to 3.5% of gross national income (GNI) per capita in 2021, up from 2.9% in 2020. Mobile broadband prices increased to 2% of GNI in 2021, up from 1.9% in 2020.
The Divide: Sacred Wind's John Badal on bringing broadband to Navajo Nation
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/18/2022  |  Post a comment
This week: John Badal, founder and CEO of Sacred Wind Communications, on how his company is closing the digital divide on Navajo lands in rural New Mexico.
Industry weighs in on FCC broadband nutrition labels
Broadband World News  | 
3/16/2022  |  Post a comment
With the public comment period on the FCC's broadband nutrition label rules wrapped up, here are some takeaways from the industry's input on how they may be written.
New playbook guides states on getting grants and funding fiber
Broadband World News  | 
3/10/2022  |  Post a comment
The playbook offers states a guide to navigating broadband funding opportunities in the Biden administration's infrastructure bill – and stresses the need to spend funds on future-proof technology.
The Divide: What Starry has learned about connecting low-income communities
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/4/2022  |  Post a comment
This week: Virginia Lam Abrams, co-founder and SVP of government affairs and strategic advancement at Starry, returns to the podcast to discuss updates on the fixed wireless provider's Starry Connect program for affordable and public housing developments, and how federal subsidies are helping some Starry customers get broadband at no cost.
Starlink services go live in Ukraine but could bring additional risk
Broadband World News  | 
2/28/2022  |  Post a comment
Elon Musk confirmed deployment of SpaceX's Starlink satellite Internet service in Ukraine this weekend – but security experts warn the uplink transmissions may increase the risk of airstrikes.
The Divide: STL's Ankit Agarwal on what's prolonging the digital divide globally
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2/17/2022  |  Post a comment
Ankit Agarwal, managing director at STL (aka, Sterlite Technologies Limited), joins the podcast to discuss STL's perspective on the digital divide based on its work delivering network solutions in over 100 countries, including what the ongoing connectivity challenges are worldwide and where government plans are making a difference.
10M US households signed up for monthly broadband subsidy
Broadband World News  | 
2/14/2022  |  Post a comment
The FCC has signed up roughly 1 million households since the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) launched in January. That's in addition to the 9 million households enrolled in the program's predecessor, the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) which ended on December 31, 2021.
The Divide: Where fiber broadband deployment is (and isn't) progressing worldwide
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2/11/2022  |  Post a comment
Michael Philpott, research director at Omdia, joins the podcast to discuss Omdia's 2021 Global Fiber Development Index, including where fiber is being deployed the fastest and why speed inequalities are growing as countries work toward closing their connectivity divides.
The Divide: How FibreONE is helping bring broadband infrastructure to rural Canada
LRTV Interviews  | 
1/28/2022  |  Post a comment
This week, Tim Emoff, vice president of the telecom division at Sales Outsource Solutions, joins to discuss FibreONE: a coalition of telecom companies that have partnered to help deliver fiber infrastructure across rural Canada.
Calix reports continued growth amid supply chain struggles
Broadband World News  | 
1/27/2022  |  Post a comment
In a letter to investors, CEO Carl Russo warned that supply chain constraints in 2022 will 'challenge our ability to grow as fast as we have the past two years.'
Rosenworcel wants to broaden broadband choice in multi-tenant buildings
Broadband World News  | 
1/25/2022  |  Post a comment
The FCC said the new rules are in response to ISPs engaging in 'a pattern of new practices that inhibit competition' in apartment buildings and other multi-tenant environments.
Utopia Fiber adds two more cities to its open access network
Broadband World News  | 
1/10/2022  |  Post a comment
Cedar Hills and Santa Clara are the latest cities in Utah to join Utopia's municipal open access fiber network, despite pushback from incumbents.
Gigabit subscriptions set for 'big increase' next year – Omdia
Broadband World News  | 
12/28/2021  |  Post a comment
Led by China, analysts expect global gigabit subscriptions to reach 50 million in 2022, up from 24 million at the end of 2020.
From the digital divide to 6G, top regulatory trends to watch in 2022 – Omdia
Broadband World News  | 
12/22/2021  |  Post a comment
The analyst firm points to trends it says will be 'at the heart of regulatory activity' next year, including spectrum licensing, the digital divide and – yes – 6G.
The 'full fiber' vs. 'tech neutral' debate heats up in US
Broadband World News  | 
12/16/2021  |  Post a comment
Industry groups and policy advocates alike are sharpening their arguments for which technologies should be involved in closing the US digital divide.
The Divide: FBA's Gary Bolton on taking fiber advocacy to the states
Broadband World News  | 
12/10/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Gary Bolton, president of the Fiber Broadband Association, returns to the podcast to discuss how the fiber industry's advocacy efforts are changing as the US implements its $65 billion broadband bill. We also discuss FBA's forthcoming fiber optic technician training program.
Jessica Rosenworcel confirmed for another FCC term
Broadband World News  | 
12/7/2021  |  Post a comment
Rosenworcel's official designation as chair (a position she's held in an acting capacity) makes her the first woman to helm the federal agency.
Senators press Sohn, Davidson on how they'll implement broadband bill
Broadband World News  | 
12/2/2021  |  Post a comment
With few legislative days left on the calendar, the US Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for President Biden's nominees for NTIA head, Alan Davidson, and FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn.
What's the story? The $22 billion Andromeda spectrum auction
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11/26/2021  |  Post a comment
On this episode, we talk with Light Reading's Mike Dano about all things spectrum auctions, including the 'Andromeda' auction, which just wrapped up with $22 billion in bids. We also get into broadband mapping and how spectrum could be used to tackle the digital divide.
Wireless industry report says 5G FWA could connect 43% of rural US
Broadband World News  | 
11/23/2021  |  Post a comment
A new industry report from Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association, makes the case for serving the rural US with fixed wireless, noting that with billions available for broadband, it's 'key to acknowledge that 5G FWA is a future-proof technology.'
Conexon Connect gets $435M in latest RDOF round to serve fiber through rural co-ops
Broadband World News  | 
11/15/2021  |  Post a comment
In the FCC's largest round of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) yet, which saw electric cooperatives as the walkaway winners, over $435 million was designated for Conexon Connect, a fiber ISP providing service through local co-ops.
Commerce Sec promises Fed oversight on state broadband plans
Broadband World News  | 
11/10/2021  |  Post a comment
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at a White House press briefing that closing the digital divide will be a 'massive undertaking' and shared details on oversight plans and requirements for state funding.
US House passes Biden's infrastructure bill with $65B for broadband
Broadband World News  | 
11/8/2021  |  Post a comment
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contains the federal government's largest investment in broadband, as well as key provisions around affordability and digital equity.
Adtran CEO reports 'mixed' results and mixed feelings on supply issues
Broadband World News  | 
11/2/2021  |  Post a comment
Adtran reported a GAAP net loss of $10.4 million for Q3 2021, owing largely to supply chain issues. But CEO Tom Stanton tried to project a sunny outlook for 2022 while also admitting it's the company's biggest problem.
Where Biden's FCC pick Gigi Sohn stands on broadband
Broadband World News  | 
10/29/2021  |  Post a comment
If confirmed, Biden's pick for FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn will bring a strong voice for open, affordable Internet and public networks, just as the administration prepares for the largest federal broadband investment in history.
Phoning Sohn
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10/29/2021  |  Post a comment
Would Biden's FCC pick take on broadband price regulation?
Biden announces long-awaited nominees for vacant FCC and NTIA posts
Broadband World News  | 
10/26/2021  |  Post a comment
Following much public hand-wringing over the fate of the FCC, President Biden nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn as commissioners, with Rosenworcel designated as Chair. Biden also nominated Alan Davidson for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the NTIA.
Calix reports strong Q3 but projects supply chain issues for 'entirety of 2022'
Broadband World News  | 
10/26/2021  |  Post a comment
Speaking to shareholders, Calix CEO Carl Russo was optimistic about the company's ongoing success with small ISPs. But he notes Calix is experiencing the 'direct effects' of low global vaccination rates.
The Divide: How LUS Fiber makes the muni model work in Lafayette, Louisiana
Broadband World News  | 
10/21/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Ryan Meche, director of LUS Fiber, a municipal fiber provider in Lafayette, Louisiana, on why the city chose a municipal broadband model, how it's funded and how it works and the company's plans for a potential NTIA grant.
FCC vacancies threaten to derail US broadband plans
Broadband World News  | 
10/15/2021  |  Post a comment
Without a permanent chair or adequate staff, and at risk of losing its Democratic majority, the FCC will fail to make meaningful progress on crucial broadband programs, a former agency official warns.
The Divide: What Viasat's Evan Dixon wants DC to know about satellite broadband
Broadband World News  | 
10/7/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Evan Dixon, president of global fixed broadband at Viasat, discusses the company's role in tackling the digital divide in the US and abroad, and he pushes back on arguments from the fiber industry that satellite isn't 'future proof.'
ISPs suffer losses and make plans in face of climate crisis
Broadband World News  | 
9/17/2021  |  Post a comment
A worsening climate crisis that has exacted a toll on cables, fiber lines and wireless towers is making clear how vulnerable that critical infrastructure is.
The Divide: How Uprise Fiber seeks to solve what you hate about your ISP
Broadband World News  | 
9/16/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Sam Sanders, CEO of Uprise Fiber, on how the company sets itself apart from traditional ISPs and seeks to build digital equity into broadband deployments.
The Divide: New map shows 60M Americans lack Internet
Broadband World News  | 
9/9/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Eric Frank, CEO of LightBox, discusses the company's new nationwide Internet connectivity map which reveals that nearly one in six Americans is not connected.
The Divide: MTA's Wanda Tankersley on Alaska's middle-mile problem
Broadband World News  | 
9/2/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Wanda Tankersley, COO at MTA, a telecom co-op in Alaska, talks about the state's unique middle-mile challenges, the company's AlCan ONE fiber project, and more.
The Divide – Tackling the global broadband gap with aerial mapping
Broadband World News  | 
8/26/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Jennifer Alvarez, co-founder and CEO, Aurora Insight, and David Hartshorn, CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers, on their partnership to address the lack of reliable wireless broadband in underserved parts of the US and abroad.
States set dates for closing their digital divides
Broadband World News  | 
8/26/2021  |  Post a comment
While Congress works on getting an infrastructure package with $65B for broadband to Biden's desk, several states are making plans for significant investments with help from existing federal funds.
Podcast: The Divide – Virginia's Dr. Tamarah Holmes on running the country's 'OG' broadband office
LRTV Interviews  | 
8/19/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the Office of Broadband, Virginia, on how they've closed 50% of the state's digital divide, and plans to allocate $700 million over three years to finish the job.
Podcast: The Divide – How Flume is tapping NYC's dark fiber to deliver affordable broadband
CxO Spotlight  | 
8/12/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Prashanth Vijay, CEO of Flume, discusses leveraging dark fiber in partnership with cities, and Flume's commitment to deliver broadband to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings.
Podcast: The Divide – Amdocs' Anthony Goonetilleke on the industry's shifting priorities
LRTV Interviews  | 
8/6/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of media, network and technology at Amdocs, on the changing conversation around the future of connectivity, and Amdocs' digital divide work with the 5G Innovation Lab.
Podcast: The Divide – Hughes' Paul Gaske on upping speeds with a 'massive new satellite'
LRTV Interviews  | 
7/22/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Paul Gaske, EVP and GM of North America at Hughes, on how the company is meeting demand for faster broadband with a new $600 million satellite, why he disagrees that fiber is "future proofed" and more.
Podcast: The Divide – How Kajeet keeps kids and communities connected
LRTV Interviews  | 
7/15/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Dominic Marcellino, director of strategy and business development at Kajeet, on the company's new connectivity pilot program in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the ins and outs of providing wireless services to students and communities.
FCC: 3M+ emergency broadband sign ups prove need for long-term benefit
Broadband World News  | 
7/7/2021  |  Post a comment
But any attempt at a long-term benefit will face hurdles in a Congress that has already shaved $35 billion off President Biden's universal broadband proposal.
Podcast: The Divide – CORI's Matt Dunne on closing the rural opportunity gap
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7/1/2021  |  Post a comment
This week, Matt Dunne, executive director of the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), joins the podcast to discuss how a nonprofit action tank is helping communities expand broadband services and close the rural opportunity gap.
Podcast: The Divide – UTOPIA Fiber's Roger Timmerman on serving Utah with open access muni broadband
CxO Spotlight  | 
6/24/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Roger Timmerman, CEO, UTOPIA Fiber, on running an open access, municipal fiber network in Utah, why the model works and what other communities should know as they embark on building broadband.
Podcast: The Divide – Internet Society Foundation aims to bolster broadband with global grants
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/17/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Sarah Armstrong, executive director of the Internet Society Foundation, on the organization's mission to support Internet access for everyone and its current work to award grants for community-led efforts in Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal.
Podcast: The Divide – INDATEL and Connected2Fiber on monetizing 'fiber to the farmhouse'
CxO Spotlight  | 
6/10/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Ben Edmond, founder and CEO of Connected2Fiber, and Mel Wagner, CEO of INDATEL, on the economic challenges of rural broadband and how Connected2Fiber is helping operators plan and monetize their networks.
Podcast: The Divide – Rep. Drew Hansen on passing Washington's Public Broadband Act
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/1/2021  |  Post a comment
On this episode: Representative Drew Hansen on passing a law in Washington to reverse the state's ban on municipal broadband and what comes next.
Podcast: The Divide – Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek on preparing for the 'fiber bubble'
CxO Spotlight  | 
5/25/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: Cheri Beranek, president and CEO of Clearfield, on addressing fiber deployment challenges in rural areas and how to prepare for an influx of demand for fiber broadband builds amidst supply shortages.
Podcast: The Divide – How 'Project Overcome' is tackling access in Clinton County, Missouri
LRTV Interviews  | 
5/18/2021  |  Post a comment
This week: US Ignite's Mari Silbey – as well as Alex Wyglinski and Casey Canfield, co-leads on an Internet deployment project in Clinton County, Missouri – join the podcast to discuss 'Project Overcome,' a $2.7 million effort to tackle the digital divide with novel broadband solutions.

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