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How Much Should You Spend to Stay in the Cable Business? | POTs and PANs

How Much Should You Spend to Stay in the Cable Business? | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

One of the questions I am often asked is, “How much money should I be willing to spend to stay in the cable TV business?” It’s a really great question because I think every small cable provider probably understands that they are losing money today on cable. Plus everything they read tells them that the cable business poised to undergo tremendous change.


The cable business is by far the most capital intensive of the three triple play services. Cable headends are expensive and they seem to need constant upgrades. Programmers alone cost you a lot of money. They move networks between satellites; they change the compression on channels; they push you to add more high definition channels and additional networks. And settop boxes cost a lot to maintain. They break and wear out. People move and take them with them. And they get obsolete – Scientific Atlanta recently stopped supporting one of the more common settop boxes in the market.


Additionally there is always pressure to offer all of the bells and whistles. A lot of content is being added to video on demand and customers seem to really like it (although they don’t spend as much on VOD movies as we were all once promised). The big cable companies offer TV everywhere so that customers can watch TV on computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The middleware vendors are always coming out with updates and improvements and want to charge more.


This leads you to ask the big picture question – how much money do I pour into a business line that is losing money? This is something that every business faces from time to time. I know a decade ago many of my clients faced this same question with their sales of PBX and key systems. Most of them lost money on that business line if they were honest about the real cost of being in the business. And many of them decided to cut the cord and ditched the losing business line, although others kept it.


Business school basics would tell you that you need to ditch lines of business that are losing money. But dropping cable is not easy, and for a triple-play provider it would be like McDonald’s dropping the Big Mac. It’s not easy for a triple-play provider to decide to get out of the cable business, and for most of them it’s not practical.


So what do you do about this situation? Every company is different, but here are some ideas worth considering:


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$32 Million Awarded to Broadband Projects Across Minnesota | MuniNetworks.com

$32 Million Awarded to Broadband Projects Across Minnesota | MuniNetworks.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
More than $34.6 million in COVID relief funds were awarded in August to 15 Minnesota cities and counties across the state as part of the Small Cities Coronavirus Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG-CV). The grant program was created to support Minnesota’s COVID-19 response efforts with the help of a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds from the CARES Act fund.
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Rural Communities Across the U.S. Are Attracting Remote Workers Through Different Incentive Programs | DailyYonder.com

Rural Communities Across the U.S. Are Attracting Remote Workers Through Different Incentive Programs | DailyYonder.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Priscilla Bergstrom and her husband knew they were looking for a smaller community.  After living in the Denver area for more than 30 years, the
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MN: Land O’Lakes say farming is going digital – but need broadband | Blandin on Broadband

Venture Beat reports on a presentation that CTO Land O’Lakes Teddy Bekele gave at a conference this week… “The life of the farmer is very complicated,” Bekele said in his conference presentation. The modern farmer operates in a business ecosystem that includes equipment manufacturers, chemical companies, food distributors, banks and insurance companies, employees, and government regulations. The…
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How American Rescue Plan Broadband Funds Stack Up in the States | MuniNetworks.com

How American Rescue Plan Broadband Funds Stack Up in the States | MuniNetworks.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
With American Rescue Plan funds flowing into state government coffers, about a third of the nation’s 50 states have announced what portion of their Rescue Plan dollars are being devoted to expanding access to high-speed Internet connectivity. As of this writing, 17 states have earmarked a portion of their Rescue Plan money (totaling about $7.6 billion) to address the digital divide within their borders. The states with plans that favor publicly-owned local Internet choice include: Arkansas, California, Maine, Maryland, Vermont, and Washington. Here's our breakdown.
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Watch This Four-Part Educational Video Series on Building Wireless Networks | MuniNetworks.org

Watch This Four-Part Educational Video Series on Building Wireless Networks | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
With support from the Internet Society, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has produced a video series to help tribes meet the requirements set by the FCC in getting their 2.5GHz networks up and running. Featuring participants from this summer's inaugural Tribal Wireless Bootcamp, the series offers an introduction to key terms before walking viewers through the necessary steps from inception to connecting end users to a new network.
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Rural Cellular Coverage | POTs & PANs

Rural Cellular Coverage | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
2021 is going to into history as the year when the whole country is finally talking about rural broadband. The pandemic made it clear that many millions of households and even entire communities don’t have adequate broadband. Congress and the White House responded by funding billions of dollars for improved broadband in the ARPA legislation.…
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FCC announces second wave of emergency connectivity funding | StateScoop.com

FCC announces second wave of emergency connectivity funding | StateScoop.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The FCC says it’s Emergency Connectivity Fund has now supported expanded internet access at nearly 6,000 schools and libraries.
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Broadband is essential in the 21st Century after COVID-19 | The East Carolinian | piratemedia1.com

Broadband is essential in the 21st Century after COVID-19 | The East Carolinian | piratemedia1.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Throughout my time spent with ECU’s Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement I have gained knowledge on a subject not often discussed in national news, broadband development in rural
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Aging Coaxial Copper Networks | POTs & PANs

Aging Coaxial Copper Networks | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
We’re not talking enough about the aging coaxial copper networks that provide broadband to the majority of the broadband customers in the country. Comcast and Charter alone serve more than half of all broadband customers in the country. These copper networks are getting old. Most coaxial networks were constructed in the 1970s and had an…
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Viasat and the CAF II Reverse Auction | POTs & PANs

Viasat and the CAF II Reverse Auction | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The FCC has done some very odd things over the years to try to solve the rural broadband problem. One of the oddest was the CAF II reverse auction that awarded $122.5 million to Viasat. Things move so fast in this industry that this award at times feels like ancient history, but the reverse auction…
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Music, Ed Groups Urge Biden To Nominate Rosenworcel to FCC Chair | Broadcasting+Cable

Music, Ed Groups Urge Biden To Nominate Rosenworcel to FCC Chair | Broadcasting+Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
A host of groups have been pressing President Joe Biden to finally name a chair of the Federal Communications Commission
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Christopher Ali: Is Broadband Like Getting Bran Flakes to the Home? | BroadbandBreakfast.com

Christopher Ali: Is Broadband Like Getting Bran Flakes to the Home? | BroadbandBreakfast.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Christopher Ali discusses his solutions to bridge the rural-urban digital divide in his most recent book,
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Russian 3G networks to shut ‘by 2025’ | CommsUpdate.com

Russian 3G networks to shut ‘by 2025’ | CommsUpdate.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
A report from Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta (RG), quoting industry experts, says that large-scale disconnection of 3G networks will begin in 2023, and 3G networks will cease operating in most regions by 2025, by which year some 3G sections may remain in localised areas with low subscriber density. Huawei Russia’s Dmitry Konarev told RG: ‘Disconnecting 3G networks is [easy] for a number of reasons: firstly, the main task of 3G networks – data transmission – is much better done by 4G networks, while voice can be redistributed between 2G networks and VoLTE networks.
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Complaints about spam texts were up 146% last year. Now, the FCC wants to take action | WBUR.org

Complaints about spam texts were up 146% last year. Now, the FCC wants to take action | WBUR.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Even as the federal government has cracked down on robocalls, more than 47 billion spam texts have been sent so far in 2021, one company found, costing Americans millions.
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Understanding the digital divide: Philadelphia’s report on digital access | Office of Innovation and Technology | Phila.gov

Understanding the digital divide: Philadelphia’s report on digital access | Office of Innovation and Technology | Phila.gov | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
A look at "Connecting Philadelphia: 2021 Household Internet Assessment Survey," a report about digital access in Philadelphia.
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Rural Minnesotans Ready for Unprecedented Broadband Investment | Blandin on the Broadband Conference | Blandin on Broadband

The press release from the Blandin Foundation on the conference earlier this month... “This is a game changer,” said United States Senator Amy Klobuchar about the pending federal infrastructure bill which includes $65 billion in broadband funding. Klobuchar joined more than 100 rural Minnesota broadband champions at the Building on Broadband: Inspiring Progress conference held…
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Ookla Report: Verizon Fastest for Fixed Broadband, T-Mobile for Mobile | Telecompetitor.com

The latest Ookla report on mobile and fixed wireless performance found that Verizon averaged speeds of 178 Mbps and T-Mobile had
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Connectivity is key but too many people don’t have it | Opinion | PennLive.com

Connectivity is key but too many people don’t have it | Opinion | PennLive.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Unserved and underserved areas – whether rural Tribal reservations or inner-city communities -- are in desperate need of additional connectivity options
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A Fiber Land Grab? | POTs & PANs

A Fiber Land Grab? | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
I was surprised to see AT&T announce a public-private partnership with Vanderburgh County, Indiana to build fiber to 20,000 rural locations. The public announcement of the partnership says that the County will provide a $9.9 million grant, and AT&T will pick up the remaining $29.7 million investment. The primary reason this surprised me is that…
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Explaining Growth in Broadband Demand | POTs & PANs

Explaining Growth in Broadband Demand | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
I haven’t talked about the growth of broadband usage for a while. I was explaining the exponential growth of broadband usage to somebody recently, and I suddenly realized an easy way for putting broadband growth into context. The amount of data used by the average broadband user has been doubling roughly every three years since…
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Spectrum Mobile Cuts Pricing on Multi-Line Unlimited Data Plans | Stop the Cap!

Spectrum Mobile Cuts Pricing on Multi-Line Unlimited Data Plans | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Charter Communications this week reduced prices on multi-line unlimited data plans. A customer with one line of unlimited data service will continue to pay $45 a month for the plan, but each additional line of unlimited data will now cost $29.99 a month -- a $15 reduction from Spectrum's old pricing. Xfinity Mobile, Comcast's similar…
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5G for Cars – An Idea that Won’t Die | POTs & PANs

5G for Cars – An Idea that Won’t Die | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
An industry group calling itself 5G Americas has published a whitepaper that touts the advantages of a smart auto grid powered by 5G and the C-V2X technology. This technology is the car connectivity standard that much of the industry has gelled around, replacing the older DSRC standard. Over a decade ago, the FCC became so…
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Local is Better | POTs & PANs

Local is Better | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
I am lucky enough to live in a place that is ideal for growing vegetables. I’m up in the mountains, where temperatures are moderate, and we have an average of three inches of rain every month all year. For the past several years, I have bought a big box of fresh produce every week from…
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FCC's 3.45-GHz Spectrum Auction Pushes Past $1 Billion | NextTV.com

FCC's 3.45-GHz Spectrum Auction Pushes Past $1 Billion | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
After seven rounds, the FCC's 3.45 GHz midband spectrum auction has pushed past the $1 billion mark in bids--$1,078,382,800.
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Connect This! Live! (Episode 21): Permits, ROW, and Digging in the City Institute for Local Self-Reliance | YouTube.com

Building good relationships with local government, planning ahead, unanticipated challenges, creative solutions to permitting and right of way issues
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