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AT&T's IP Transition | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs

AT&T's IP Transition | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago I talked about how Verizon and AT&T are using the FCC’s IP Transition to try to get out of serving regulated services on copper landlines. Today I want to talk more about AT&T. Earlier this month they met with the FCC staff to talk about their ideas on the IP transition and they followed up that meeting with this memo.

The FCC’s IP Transition looks at replacing the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). This is the complex network that has been used to carry voice traffic and that assures that every call attempted ought to be completed. It’s now an old network, is separate from the Internet and it still mostly uses time division multiplexing technology (TDM) that is based upon using circuits that are some multiple of T1s.

The PSTN has served the country well, but pure IP technology is a lot more efficient and the FCC is working towards replacing the PSTN with something new and IP-based. The PSTN is a series of connections, called trunks that connect the central offices switches of all of the carriers in the country along with the electronics that control the network. It’s important to note that the PSTN is only the network between carriers and does not involve any connections to customers. The PSTN has always been technology agnostic in terms of supporting any kind of network such as copper, coaxial or wireless and in allowing any kind of phone or customer device as long as a carrier can locally support it.

But the PSTN network is more than just the wires connecting carriers because it includes things like the SS7 network that is used along with each call to transmit the calling number and other information. And the PSTN comes with a number of specific regulatory requirements that define the ways that carriers of different types can interconnect with each other. The FCC’s major role in this process is to rework all of the rules that define how carriers interact in the new IP world. So the FCC is being careful in dismantling the PSTN because if it’s done incorrectly there could be chaos between carriers and even problems in completing calls. Before they order a mass migration from the PSTN the FCC has authorized a number of trials to convert parts of the PSTN to IP to look in detail to make sure that everything works as hoped.

But AT&T and Verizon have hijacked the IP Transition and persist on using it as an excuse for replacing copper connections with something else.


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Starry increases ‘serviceable homes’ coverage to 5.5m | CommsUpdate.com

Starry increases ‘serviceable homes’ coverage to 5.5m | CommsUpdate.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
US fixed wireless access (FWA) provider Starry, which started trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in March, following its USD1.76 billion ‘business combination’ with FirstMark Horizon Acquisition Corp, has revealed that the numbers of serviceable homes within its operational footprint increased to 5.473 million as of 31 March 2022, up from 4.545 million one year earlier.
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Clarence Thomas wants to check Big Tech. Texas could be his shot. | Protocol.com

Clarence Thomas wants to check Big Tech. Texas could be his shot. | Protocol.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Thomas has argued social media companies are like common carriers. Texas’s social media law, which could make its way to SCOTUS, makes a similar case.
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FL: Sumter County to use COVID-19 relief money to pay for rural broadband access | Villages-News.com

FL: Sumter County to use COVID-19 relief money to pay for rural broadband access | Villages-News.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Sumter County is using COVID-19 relief money to pay for rural broadband access.
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Scraping Public Websites (Still) Isn’t a Crime, Court of Appeals Declares | EFF.org

Scraping Public Websites (Still) Isn’t a Crime, Court of Appeals Declares | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Reiterating its prior common-sense opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in hiQ v. LinkedIn that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act likely does not bar scraping data from a public website against the wishes of the website owner. Last year, after the Supreme Court decided its firs
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Victory! Maryland Legislature Says Police Must Now Be Trained To Recognize Stalkerware | EFF.org

Victory! Maryland Legislature Says Police Must Now Be Trained To Recognize Stalkerware | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Maryland's legislature has unanimously passed a bill that will require law enforcement agencies to learn, as part of their standard training, to recognize the common tactics of electronic surveillance and the laws around such activities. This victory will help provide survivors of domesti
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Governor Mills Announces ConnectMaine Approval of Broadband Infrastructure Grants | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills | Maine.gov

Governor Mills Announces ConnectMaine Approval of Broadband Infrastructure Grants | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills | Maine.gov | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Governor Mills Announces ConnectMaine Approval of Broadband Infrastructure Grants
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Federal Agencies To Share, Standardize, Broadband Data | Broadcasting+Cable

Federal Agencies To Share, Standardize, Broadband Data | Broadcasting+Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
FCC, USDA, NTIA, Treasury agree to talk about respective federal subsidies
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MN: North Country’s take on the LTD Broadband predicament | Blandin on Broadband

LTD Broadband, the largest potential recipient of federal (RDOF) funding for broadband, has been in the news a lot because they (and the communities where they applied to provide service) are in limbo as they wait to hear if they do indeed get the funding. I’m trying not to duplicate the story too much –…
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MN: Duluth resident skeptical of provider follow through with public funds | Blandin on Broadband

The Duluth News Tribune posts a letter to the editor... I read with interest the May 9 News Tribune article “ St. Louis County signs on to Rice Lake broadband project .” I hope that included in the $3,800-per-household cost is a requirement for internet providers serving the area to hook up interested homeowners. Otherwise the county…
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NC Governor Cooper and U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo Announce Significant Federal Funding to Expand Access to Affordable, High-Speed Internet Across the Country | Governor.NC.gov

Today, Governor Roy Cooper joined U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo at the Kramden Institute in Durham to announce the Biden-Harris Administration's Internet for All initiative.
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Arcadian Infracom Announces Major Customer Agreement and Final BIA Approval for Its Phoenix to Salt Lake City Fiber Backbone Route | PRWeb.com

Arcadian Infracom Announces Major Customer Agreement and Final BIA Approval for Its Phoenix to Salt Lake City Fiber Backbone Route | PRWeb.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
ST. LOUIS (PRWEB) May 09, 2022 -- Arcadian long-haul fiber routes are poised to improve network diversity and bridge the digital divide in rural and tribal communities
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NTIA Releases Requirements for $42.5B of BEAD Funding: Here's What It Says About Digital Equity | DigitalInclusion.org

NTIA Releases Requirements for $42.5B of BEAD Funding: Here's What It Says About Digital Equity | DigitalInclusion.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment Program, otherwise known as BEAD, officially launched today with the release of the grant requirements and process in its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). 

In essence, the BEAD Program is a block-grant program, providing grants in lump sums to States, the District of Columbia and territories based on a formula that hinges on the number of unserved households in a given state. Those numbers are forthcoming and will be provided through a new mapping program housed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). States will take most of the BEAD implementation money and sub-grant it to build broadband infrastructure to households without any or inadequate broadband service. With restrictions, it can also be used for broadband adoption activities.
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The IIJA Money is Finally (Almost) Here | DigitalInclusion.org

The IIJA Money is Finally (Almost) Here | DigitalInclusion.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Today is a big day—we’re one step closer to seeing the $65 billion investment the federal government made in digital equity and broadband through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). By way of reminder, the IIJA, passed in fall 2021, appropriates over $65 billion to states, local governments, community organizations, and other entities for a range of digital inclusion activities. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will administer the bulk of the digital equity and broadband funds allocated through IIJA—over $48 billion of the $65 billion—through four programs. Collectively, they’re calling it the “Internet for All” initiative.

 

Today NTIA released three Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs)—which basically open up the application process for three of the programs NTIA will manage allocated through the IIJA:

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CBRS Success. This week’s question: How has the CBRS… | by WifiForward | May, 2022 | Medium.com

CBRS Success. This week’s question: How has the CBRS… | by WifiForward | May, 2022 | Medium.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
This week’s question: How has the CBRS model worked out thus far? Would this model be successful in any other bands in particular? Read on for our panelists’ thoughts and sign up to receive the next…
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MN: Bemidji’s broadband leaves them poised to succeed – says Dave Hengel | Blandin on Broadband

Bemidji Pioneer posts a column from Dave Hengel, executive director of Greater Bemidji Economic Development, on the importance of technology and broadband for a thriving community... The primary driver has been technology, which has created both incredible opportunities and challenges for communities worldwide. Since technology has allowed both businesses and people to locate virtually anywhere,…
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FAA wants U.S. airlines to retrofit, replace radio altimeters | Reuters.com

FAA wants U.S. airlines to retrofit, replace radio altimeters | Reuters.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will meet Wednesday with telecom and airline industry officials on a push to retrofit and ultimately replace some airplane radio altimeters that could face interference from C-Band 5G wireless service.
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Google Fights Dragnet Warrant for Users’ Search Histories Overseas While Continuing to Give Data to Police in the U.S. | EFF.org

Google Fights Dragnet Warrant for Users’ Search Histories Overseas While Continuing to Give Data to Police in the U.S. | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Google is fighting back against a Brazilian court order to turn over data on all users who searched for specific terms, including the name of a well-known elected official and a busy downtown thoroughfare. (Brief in Portuguese / English*) While we applaud Google for challenging this digita
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Twitter Has a New Owner. Here’s What He Should Do. | EFF.org

Twitter Has a New Owner. Here’s What He Should Do. | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter highlights the risks to human rights and personal safety when any single person has complete control over policies affecting almost 400 million users. And in this case, that person has repeatedly demonstrated that they do not understand the realities of platform policy at scale.
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White House Rolls Out 'Internet For All' | NextTV.com

White House Rolls Out 'Internet For All' | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Biden Administration is expecting Friday the 13th to be a lucky day for Americans who need government help to get online.
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Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program | Internet for All | InternetForAll.gov

Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program | Internet for All | InternetForAll.gov | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Local networks are important for bringing high-speed internet to communities. But local networks aren't enough. They need to connect to robust, high-capacity national and regional networks. Middle mile infrastructure makes this possible. By connecting to major networks, local networks can ensure reliable high-speed internet service for even the most remote communities.

 

The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program provides funding for this vital part of our nation's high-speed network. With $1 billion in funding, the program will reduce the cost of bringing high-speed internet to unserved and underserved communities.

 

Download the program info sheet

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Y-ZONE is Connecting Families with CBRS – Episode 500 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast | MuniNetworks.org

Y-ZONE is Connecting Families with CBRS – Episode 500 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
This week on the podcast, Christopher is joined by Margaret Kaufer, President of the New York-based STEM Alliance, and Bob Cacase, Commissioner of Information Technology for the City of Yonkers.During the conversation, the three talk about Y-ZONE, a partnership between several community groups working to connect households in Yonkers. They discuss origins of the partnership, performance of the CBRS technology the network relies on, and some technical details of their particular build.
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A ‘Radical’ Ruling Lets Texas Ban Social Media Moderation | WIRED.com

A ‘Radical’ Ruling Lets Texas Ban Social Media Moderation | WIRED.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reinstated a law that says that a user can’t be censored based on their “viewpoint.”
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The NSA Swears It Has ‘No Backdoors’ in Next-Gen Encryption | WIRED.com

The NSA Swears It Has ‘No Backdoors’ in Next-Gen Encryption | WIRED.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Plus: New details of ICE’s dragnet surveillance in the US, Clearview AI agrees to limit sales of its faceprint database, and more security news this week.
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How Can Universities Help Close the Digital Divide?

How Can Universities Help Close the Digital Divide? | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Institutions such as Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Missouri are leading projects with community partners to expand high-speed Internet access.
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First Bucket of Digital Equity Act Funds Opens up Today | DigitalInclusion.org

First Bucket of Digital Equity Act Funds Opens up Today | DigitalInclusion.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Almost exactly three years since it was first introduced in Congress, the implementation of the Digital Equity Act (DEA) begins today with NTIA’s announcement of the opening of the first set of funds from the Digital Equity Act. The announcement comes by way of NTIA’s release of the first Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the DEA. 

 

The DEA creates two programs housed at the NTIA—the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program and the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program

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