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AT&T Wants to Sell its Abandoned Copper | POTs and PANs

AT&T Wants to Sell its Abandoned Copper | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

On May 28thAT&T made an ex parte presentation to the FCC concerning some more of its ideas about the upcoming conversion of the current PSTN to an all-IP network. Most of this presentation is a very straightforward primer on how the copper network is structured today and what AT&T’s obligations are in terms of having to unbundle and offer various parts of the network to competitors as unbundled network elements.


But the kicker comes on the very last page of the presentation and is titled “AT&T Proposes to Sell its Retired Copper to CLECs” where they describe how they would offer abandoned copper to other carriers. You can see this Powerpoint here.


Let me put this into context. In Docket FCC-11-161A1 the FCC kicked off the process to begin the transition of the PSTN from today’s TDM based technology to an all-IP network. The FCC is proposing that carriers get together to replace the network that used today to interexchange voice traffic between them.


But AT&T has taken the opportunity to open the discussion of how they might be able to walk away from their old copper. In network terms, AT&T’s copper network is called their distribution network, meaning the network that they use to get from their central offices to customers. The FCC has never expressed any interest in requiring that the distribution networks should become all-IP. There are still millions of miles of very serviceable copper, and with newer technologies like G-Fast any copper in good condition can deliver pretty decent broadband speeds.


But AT&T keeps using this regulatory process to lobby the FCC to let them start walking away from customers on copper. Last year they said that they wanted to walk away from millions of copper lines and that in rural areas they plan to instead serve people using cell phones. Anybody who has tried to find bars of data on their cellphone in a rural area can tell you that there are huge parts of the geography in this country where there is no cellular data service. So what AT&T is really telling the FCC is that they want to abandon rural America.


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Elon Musk is right. Web3 is BS.. To put it mildly, I am not Elon’s… | by Maciej Baron | Medium.com

Elon Musk is right. Web3 is BS.. To put it mildly, I am not Elon’s… | by Maciej Baron | Medium.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
To put it mildly, I am not Elon’s biggest fan. He’s an ignorant, narcissistic, reckless, self-indulgent buffoon who treats his employees like crap, and who just happens to be amazing at marketing…
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Klobuchar's antitrust bill advances | Protocol.com

Klobuchar's antitrust bill advances | Protocol.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Democrats and Republicans have found the tech reform debate scrambles traditional party politics — and the Apple CEO and Texas senator have found themselves chatting.
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SpaceX Starlink Customer Service Non-Existent After 1 Year, Users Say | BusinessInsider.com

SpaceX Starlink Customer Service Non-Existent After 1 Year, Users Say | BusinessInsider.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
One Starlink customer who asked for a refund said he can't contact SpaceX to tell the company that he hasn't got his money back.
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Growth In VR/AR Hardware Invites User Privacy Concerns | MediaPost.com

Rapid growth in purchases of VR/AR accessories has raised concerns over data-collection practices, as targeting user content based on facial movements may negatively impact user privacy and safety.
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Meta and Twitter's NFT Landgrab Could Backfire | WIRED.com

Meta and Twitter's NFT Landgrab Could Backfire | WIRED.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
A new plan to lure social media users to the metaverse could legitimize NFTs, but it could also ruin them
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How 5G Clashed With an Aviation Device Invented in the 1920s | The New York Times | NYTimes.com

How 5G Clashed With an Aviation Device Invented in the 1920s | The New York Times | NYTimes.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The potential for interference between 5G signals and the radio altimeters long used by pilots has divided the telecom and aviation industries.
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Airline CEOs make U-turn, now say 5G isn’t a big problem for altimeters | ArsTechnica.com

Airline CEOs make U-turn, now say 5G isn’t a big problem for altimeters | ArsTechnica.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
After stalling for almost two years, FAA cleared 78% of planes in the past week.
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FCC Commissioner Carr Gets It Wrong in Treasury Rule Comments | CommunityNetworks.org

FCC Commissioner Carr Gets It Wrong in Treasury Rule Comments | CommunityNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
With all due respect to Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr, his reaction to the Rescue Plan Act's State & Local Fiscal Relief Fund (SLFRF) spending rules is way off base. As I wrote last week, the rules for broadband infrastructure spending are a good model for pushing down decision-making to the local level where people actually have the information to make informed decisions.
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Top Broadband Stories of 2021 | POTs & PANs

Top Broadband Stories of 2021 | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Every year I write a blog talking about the trends that I think we’re likely to see in the coming year. But 2021 was such an unusual year for all of us that I thought it would also be useful to talk about what we accomplished in the industry over the last year while fending…
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MN: Kandiyohi County and Willmar Economic Development Commission extends broadband contract with Schmoll | Yahoo.com

MN: Kandiyohi County and Willmar Economic Development Commission extends broadband contract with Schmoll | Yahoo.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Jan. 18—WILLMAR, MN — With broadband expansion opportunities continuing to be made available for communities in Kandiyohi County, Connie Schmoll, who has been working on a contract basis for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission since May 2021, doesn't want to leave her job undone. "It has been my honor and privilege to continue working on broadband," Schmol

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VA: Franklin County broadband authority expanding broadband coverage through additional grant funding and enhanced partnerships in the county | Local News | smithmountaineagle.com

The Franklin County Broadband Authority has received notice of grant funding awards from Virginia’s Telecommunication Grant Initiative (VATI) program for two new projects to bring broadband to the much of
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Building a Fiber-to-the-Home Network | MuniNetworks.org

Building a Fiber-to-the-Home Network | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
What’s it take to run fiber to the home? In a new short animated video, ILSR Senior Researcher Maren Machles breaks down how conduit is used to bring "last mile" connectivity and the basic engineering behind how increasing numbers of households are getting the most reliable, high-speed Internet access out there.
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MRBC Update:  MN Governor Announces Broadband Funding | Blandin on Broadband

From the MN Broadband Coalition... Governor Proposes $170 Million in New Broadband Funding Gov. Tim Walz outlined a portion of his 2022 supplemental budget plan this afternoon which includes $170 million for the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program. The funds are in addition to the $70 million from the Capital Projects Fund that lawmakers…
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FTC Chair Lina Khan CNBC interview: Antitrust versus Big Tech | CNBC.com

FTC Chair Lina Khan CNBC interview: Antitrust versus Big Tech | CNBC.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan will join CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin and Kara Swisher, host of "Sway" podcast, for her first on-camera interview.
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The metaverse is a second chance to right the wrongs of social media. | FastCompany.com

The metaverse is a second chance to right the wrongs of social media. | FastCompany.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
For starters, brands shouldn’t rely on social media companies to design the platforms.
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What Is 5G? An Electrical Engineer Explains the Technology | SciTechDaily.com

What Is 5G? An Electrical Engineer Explains the Technology | SciTechDaily.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
5G stands for fifth-generation cellular network technology. It’s the technology that enables wireless communication – for example, from your cellular phone to a cell tower, which channels it to the internet. 5G is a network service provided by telecommunications carriers and is not the same thing
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U.S. Telecom Infrastructure Crisis: Private and public financing schemes emerge to finance fiber telecom infrastructure | EldoTelecom.com

U.S. Telecom Infrastructure Crisis: Private and public financing schemes emerge to finance fiber telecom infrastructure | EldoTelecom.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

In the absence of an aggressive federal initiative to timely replace obsolete, decades-old copper telephone lines that reach every doorstep with fiber, local U.S. governments are looking to connect homes, schools and small businesses lacking fiber connections or unable to afford them and to promote economic development.

A major stumbling block is they lack the financial resources to build their own networks. Despite low interest rates, they are reluctant to issue bonds to cover construction costs and more specifically, to secure the debt. With taxpayers reluctant to support new tax levies, politicians are leery of asking voters to approve them. In addition, local government officials -- still scarred by the penury of the 2008 financial crisis -- aren’t inclined to pledge their general funds as security.

Private and public financing schemes have emerged to try to help localities secure fiber construction bonds.

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A Summary of Federal Broadband Funding Opportunities | ZCorum | YouTube.com

There are several federal funding opportunities available to help improve broadband deployment, affordability and adoption, from the broadband provisions in the recently passed Infrastructure Act to earlier programs like ARPA and ReConnect. There is an excellent online resource we share that provides a great summary of the key details in these programs.
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Telehealth and Broadband Add New Capabilities To Disaster Response | DailyYonder.com

Telehealth and Broadband Add New Capabilities To Disaster Response | DailyYonder.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Telehealth has become synonymous with healthcare during the pandemic. But as natural disasters proved time and time again this past year, many communities
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City Utilities Marks 'Half-Way to Completion' of 1,000 Mile Citywide Fiber Network | Optics.fiberbroadband.org

City Utilities Marks 'Half-Way to Completion' of 1,000 Mile Citywide Fiber Network | Optics.fiberbroadband.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
This fall, City Utilities, the city owned utility in Springfield, MO marked the ‘half-way to completion’ of their 1,000 mile citywide fiber network. Originally envisioned to serve the growing connectivity needs of the utility and community, the fiber network was strategically designed with excess capacity for broadband service providers to lease access and deliver high performance residential and business Internet citywide.The network’s anchor tenant, Lumen, i
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Guts, Not Guidelines, Will Stop Tech Mergers | WIRED.com

Guts, Not Guidelines, Will Stop Tech Mergers | WIRED.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Two key figures in Biden’s murderers row of tech regulators—FTC chair Lina Khan and the DOJ’s assistant attorney general for antitrust, Jonathan Kanter—emerged from their hideouts this week to announce that they are preparing new guidelines on how mergers should be evaluated,kicking off...

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5G rollout has been a disaster in the U.S. Here's why | DigitalTrends.com

5G rollout has been a disaster in the U.S. Here's why | DigitalTrends.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

You may have noticed that T-Mobile has been conspicuously absent from this entire fray, even though it dropped $9.3 billion in the C-band auction last year.

 

This is likely because T-Mobile hasn’t shown any intent to begin using its new C-band spectrum in the same way as its rivals.

 

From the beginning, T-Mobile has had an ace up its sleeve. It already owned licenses for a sizeable chunk of 2.5 GHz S-band spectrum that came out of its merger with Sprint a few years ago.

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WA: Everyone Gets Broadband | EverettPost.com 

WA: Everyone Gets Broadband | EverettPost.com  | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Washington State Department of Commerce Broadband Office has granted $16,713,615 to expand broadband access on the SR-530 corridor in Snohomish County. “This grant from the Washington State Broadband Office will be transformative for our families, businesses, and educators in Snohomish County, especially those still […]
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It’s coming to WA: Adams and Lincoln counties will have fiber internet by end of 2023 | Columbia Basin | ifiberone.com

It’s coming to WA: Adams and Lincoln counties will have fiber internet by end of 2023 | Columbia Basin | ifiberone.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Citizens will finally have access to fiber internet in some of eastern Washington’s most rural counties.
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The Digital Equity Act | Keller & Heckman

The Digital Equity Act | Keller & Heckman | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

This is our 6th entry in our blog series on the major provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“the IIJA” or “the Act”). Previous blog entries examined the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program, the $1 billion Middle Mile grant programthe Act’s support for broadband partnerships,  the Affordable Connectivity Program, and the Act’s key cybersecurity provisions. Today’s post reviews the Act’s provisions aimed at promoting digital equity by increasing broadband adoption and accessibility.

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