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Biden's net neutrality strategy looks doomed

It's been around 250 days since President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn as the fifth FCC commissioner. Now, it looks increasingly likely that she will never be approved into the agency.

Bringing fiber to Alaska's 'Deadliest Catch' region

GCI's Heather Handyside and Mike Bertsch discuss the GCI Alaska United Aleutians Fiber Project, an effort that will deploy more than 800 miles of subsea fiber to help bring 2-Gig broadband to communities in one of the world's most remote regions.

Zendesk takes private road with $10.2B deal

Private equity firms Permira and Hellman & Friedman agree to acquire SaaS player Zendesk, albeit at a price well below the $17 billion offer made (and rejected) on Zendesk just a few months ago.

Digital 9 to buy a bigger chunk of Arqiva

CPP Investments will sell its stake in Arqiva to Digital 9 for over £459 million (US$563 million). Digital 9 pointed to the firm's 'high quality, blue-chip customer base.'

FCC wants answers about 'NextGen TV' transition

The FCC wants a progress report on broadcaster deployments of the ATSC 3.0 signaling standard, and what technical challenges, if any, cable and other pay-TV operators will face in carrying them.

Can Walmart help 5G providers navigate the cloud?

Walmart is concurrently using Microsoft and Google cloud services while also building a distributed network of its own cloud operations. The company's strategy could demonstrate a new way of working for 5G operators.

Eurobites: Campaign group wins UK personal data case

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: repercussions of Belgium's 5G spectrum auction; Telecom Italia trials satellite-based multicast technology; Wimbledon latest.

BT fiber supplier says shortages threaten broadband targets

India's STL says raw materials are in short supply, lead times have lengthened and fiber costs have risen up to a quarter.

Telia seeks win-win with green energy deals

Sweden-based group signs Power Purchase Agreements in Denmark and Estonia.

1NCE doubles NB-IoT footprint

IoT carrier's overall cellular reach, which includes 2G, 3G and 4G, now extends to 140 countries.

China chips: Growing faster but still a laggard

China's chip sector is growing fast but it's still consuming far more than it produces - with growth driven by US sanctions.

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.

Inconsistencies – and AT&T – dominate initial Dish 5G testing results

Dish's 5G network routinely pushed customers onto AT&T's network, even deep inside markets where Dish is advertising its coverage. Initial tests found that the company's network performance was inconsistent at best.

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.

Mint Mobile, backed by Ryan Reynolds, is up for sale

According to people familiar with the situation, Mint Mobile is up for sale along with Ultra Mobile and Plum Mobile, which offers MVNO enablement services.

Vodafone consults the Oracle for on-prem OSS/BSS

UK-based group embarks on plan to migrate "mission critical" OSS/BSS systems onto Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 'dedicated regions' in main European data centers.

The Divide: Ready's Scott Woods on what NTIA got right and wrong with BEAD

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.

Cisco exit will drive Russia further into China's embrace

The US equipment maker follows Nokia in deciding to wind down operations in Russia. Its move will make Russia even more heavily dependent on China.

Eurobites: A1 Telekom Austria opts for VMware's SD-WAN wizardry

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange Spain cuts deal with DAZN; London mayor tackles digital exclusion; Italian hacking job raises Google's hackles.

Vodafone Romania preps job cuts

Vodafone Group's Romanian unit is reportedly in negotiations over 300 redundancies as part of a wider reorganization.

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