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The Gigasphere | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs

The Gigasphere | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

If you haven’t already heard it, you will soon be hearing the term ‘gigasphere’. This is the marketing term that the large cable companies are adopting to describe their upward path towards having faster data speeds on their cable systems. The phrase is obviously meant as a marketing counter to the commonly used term of gigabit fiber.

The gigasphere term is being promoted by the National Cable Television Association (NTCA) as the way to describe the new DOCSIS 3.1 technology. This is a technology that can theoretically support cable modem speeds up to 10 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload.

The large cable companies are all starting to feel consumer pressure from fiber, even in markets where fiber is not readily available. Google and other fiber providers have excited the public with the idea of gigabit speeds and I am sure cable companies are being asked about this frequently.

Right now the term gigasphere is largely marketing hype. If you have fiber to your home or business, then with the right electronics you can get gigabit speeds. But cable systems have a long way to go before they can offer gigabit speeds over coaxial cable. There is already talk of cable companies offering gigabit products, such as the recent announcements from Comcast. But these speeds are not being achieved using coaxial cable and DOCSIS 3.1, they are using fiber – something Comcast doesn’t highlight in their marketing.

With enough upgrades and money, the cable systems can eventually achieve gigabit speeds on their coaxial networks. But for now their speeds are significantly less than that. A cable company faces a long and complicated path to be able to offer gigabit speeds over coaxial cable. Their biggest hurdle is that the bandwidth on their cable systems is mostly used by TV channels, and only empty channel spaces can be used for data. DOCSIS 3.1 allows a cable system to join together the spare channels on their network into one larger data pipe.

In order to get to gigabit speeds a cable company has to convert all of the channels on its network to digital, something most of them have already done. But further, they are going to need to treat them the same as TV on the web – transmitting them as raw data instead of as individual channels. Cable systems today use a broadcast technology, meaning they send all of the channels to customers at the same time. But if they convert to IPTV they can send each home just the channels they want to watch, which would massively condense the system bandwidth needed for television.


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The Waning of the Bundle | POTs & PANs

The Waning of the Bundle | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
For many years the cable companies (and telcos who sold cable TV) have relied on the power of the bundle as a way to gain and then retain customers. The bundle was one of the predominant marketing tools for such ISPs. They showed customers that there was a big savings from buying multiple products. I…
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Big tech tempts Canada as source of cash for culture | BNNBloomberg.ca

Big tech tempts Canada as source of cash for culture | BNNBloomberg.ca | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Canada is walking a narrow path in regulating global technology giants, seeking a cut of company profits rather than trying to curb their market dominance.
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The BEAD NOFO – A New Definition of Broadband Technology | POTs & PANs

The BEAD NOFO – A New Definition of Broadband Technology | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the $42.2 billion BEAD grants establishes new rules for the grants that might have a wider implication for broadband elsewhere. One of the most interesting aspects of the NOFO was the definition of a new term – Reliable Broadband Service. The NOFO defines Reliable Broadband Service to means…
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Members of Congress, Industry and Non-Profit Stakeholders React to NTIA Funding Rules | BroadbandBreakfast.com

Members of Congress, Industry and Non-Profit Stakeholders React to NTIA Funding Rules | BroadbandBreakfast.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Though most groups issued their support, others voiced reservations.
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FCC Seeks Input on COVID-19 Impact on Competition | Broadcasting+Cable

FCC Seeks Input on COVID-19 Impact on Competition | Broadcasting+Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The FCC is seeking comment on its latest report to Congress on the state of competition in the communications marketplace, the first under new chair Jessica Rosenworcel, including any effects of the C
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The Internet Origin Story You Know Is Wrong | WIRED.com

The Internet Origin Story You Know Is Wrong | WIRED.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The history of the internet is repeatedly reduced to the story of the singular Arpanet. But BBSs were just as important—if not more.
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NYC: Flume lights up dark fiber to bring fast internet to more people | TechCrunch.com

NYC: Flume lights up dark fiber to bring fast internet to more people | TechCrunch.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Flume Internet is tapping into under-used fiber capacity in order to make high-speed internet available to more people.
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Sky Packet Networks bringing broadband to rural areas in PA | WNEP.com

Sky Packet Networks bringing broadband to rural areas in PA | WNEP.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Workers installed new equipment to double the internet's capacity for some people in five counties.
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5G Versus Wi-Fi Performance: It’s a Horserace, Says Opensignal | Telecompetitor.com

Opensignal 5G versus Wi-Fi performance data shows mmWave 5G having the fastest download speeds, as well as the fastest
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Big Tech Asks Supreme Court to Block Texas 'Net Law | NextTV.com

Big Tech Asks Supreme Court to Block Texas 'Net Law | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Tell court that without it, their platforms will be powerless to prevent disinformation, hate speech and more
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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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Recommendations for digital equity planning from EveryoneOn | Blandin onBroadband

Last week, EveryoneOn released their final report from a three-part series on the digital divide during the pandemic. he report, State of Digital Equity, highlights lessons from surveys and focus groups with income insecure households and digital inclusion practitioners, and offers recommendations for digital equity planning. The report is interesting and well timed given the need…
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NCTA: Cable Operators Provide Equal Access to Broadband | NextTV.com

NCTA: Cable Operators Provide Equal Access to Broadband | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
NCTA-the Internet & Television Association has told the FCC that cable operators do not discriminate in the provision of broadband service because they provide equal access, which NCTA said means "com
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BEAD and Digital Equity NOFOs put states in charge of broadband funding allocations—but local governments have a role | CTCNet.us

NTIA’s Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) are out for the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program and the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program[1]—and the rules indicate that state governments will decide how to allocate the funding (within certain parameters)
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AT&T: Digital Equity Needs Subsidies, Not Unfunded Mandates | Broadcasting+Cable

AT&T: Digital Equity Needs Subsidies, Not Unfunded Mandates | Broadcasting+Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Tells FCC laudable goal demands solutions tailored to individual business cases
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WOW Stock Soars as Talks With Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Heat Up | NextTV.com

WOW Stock Soars as Talks With Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Heat Up | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
WOW Stock Soars as Talks With Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Heat Up
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AU: Why the NBN still matters — and how it can be improved after the election | ABC News | ABC.net.au

AU: Why the NBN still matters — and how it can be improved after the election | ABC News | ABC.net.au | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Australia has spent billions on the NBN yet its speeds are still bad — at least compared to other countries. How did we end up here? And why aren't we hearing more about internet infrastructure this election?
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An Odd Appeal to Rural America | POTs & PANs

An Odd Appeal to Rural America | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
USTelecom recently sent a letter to practically every politician who might have a hand in deciding how broadband grants are awarded – the White House and key Cabinet officials, the NTIA, the FCC, members of Congress, Governors, Mayors, other local officials, tribal leaders, and state broadband offices. That’s some mailing list! The main thrust of…
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New Video Diaries Highlight Chattanooga’s Long-Term Solution to the Broadband Affordability Gap | MuniNetworks.org

New Video Diaries Highlight Chattanooga’s Long-Term Solution to the Broadband Affordability Gap | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Thanks to Chattanooga’s wildly successful municipal broadband network, EPB Fiber, and its partnership with The Enterprise Center and Hamilton County Schools, over 15,000 low-income students in 8,500 households in Hamilton County are already getting a decade of free high-speed Internet service at no cost through a program known as HCS EdConnect. We wanted to visually document the power the program has had in transforming the lives of participants by weaving together a compilation of video diaries that will give you a glimpse of how a visionary municipal network made this Tennessee county more resilient in the face of the pandemic and ensured no one in their community was left on the wrong side of the digital divide.
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What is fiber broadband (FTTH)? | FierceTelecom.com

What is fiber broadband (FTTH)? | FierceTelecom.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Broadband rollouts are booming across the globe as operators race to provide more coverage and faster internet speeds for consumers. | Terms like fiber-to-the-X specify how deep in the network an ISP deploys fiber. So fiber-to-the-home, or FTTH, means fiber runs all the way from the point of origin straight to the end user.
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Let the BEAD Grant Process Begin! | POTs & PANs

Let the BEAD Grant Process Begin! | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the $42.2 billion BEAD grants came out late last week. I expect there will be dozens of summaries of the key grant rules published, and I’m not going to repeat that effort. Instead, I’m going to write a series of blogs that explore some of the nuances that…
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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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