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How Real is Cord Cutting? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs

How Real is Cord Cutting? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Almost every article you read these days about cable TV mentions cord cutting. Service provider are looking for products to satisfy cord cutters and analysts seem to be obsessed by it. But how real is it? I thought I’d take a look at the latest statistics since I haven’t done that for a while.

Total paying cable customers decreased by 31,000 customers in the first quarter of 2015 compared to a gain last year in the same quarter of 271,000. This is looking at cumulative customers for the whole industry including cable companies, telcos, and satellite. But within that number, the net losses for satellite for the quarter was 74,000 customers with a loss at Dish Networks of 134,000 customers and a gain for Direct TV of 60,000.

And cable companies as a whole are still losing customers to AT&T and Verizon, who together gained 129,000 new customers for the quarter, although as a group these two sectors had a tiny gain for the quarter.

This brings the overall loss for the year ending 1Q15 to 0.05%. While that doesn’t seem large, it’s the biggest (and the first) loss the industry as a whole has ever seen. And within the numbers is a worse story. Cable has now been shrinking for several years when measured against the growth of new households in the country. For the first quarter customers actually dropped 2.3% compared with the net change in total households, and for 2014 this was even worse with a net decline for the year of 2.8%.

As somebody who watched the telephone industry decline with landlines this is feeling very familiar. The industry first became sluggish for a few years, then had some tiny losses, and eventually began to bleed customers. But the loss of landlines was accompanied by the meteoric rise of cellphones, which gave people a good alternative to the home phone.

It’s impossible to sit and predict the same rapid decline of cable.


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Who Loves Woke Wall Street? | BIG by Matt Stoller | Substack.com

Who Loves Woke Wall Street? | BIG by Matt Stoller | Substack.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau isn't just protecting consumers, it may also be protecting conservatives. And conservatives need to wake up to that reality.
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Municipal fiber internet could cost Boston more than $900 million, study says | BostonHerald.com

Municipal fiber internet could cost Boston more than $900 million, study says | BostonHerald.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The city of Boston could have to pay close to a billion dollars if it decided to build out a fiber internet network, according to a new "digital equity" study that detailed gaps to access in the city.
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Broadband Satellite Issues | POTs & PANs

One of the most interesting aspects of serving broadband from low-orbit satellites is that it brings issues related to space into the broadband discussion. Space issues were less important for high earth orbit satellites that sit 20,000 miles above the earth. Other than an occasional impact from sunspots, there wasn’t much of note. But there…
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What's Our Vision of Digital Equity? | Benton Institute for Broadband & Society | Benton.org

What's Our Vision of Digital Equity? | Benton Institute for Broadband & Society | Benton.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Benton Institute seeks input on a vision of digital equity
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Chattanooga, TN: EPB Goes 25G PON | FiberBroadband.org

Chattanooga, TN: EPB Goes 25G PON | FiberBroadband.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Chattanooga, Tennessee, municipal electric utility EBP built the nation’s first community-wide gigabit network in 2010, providing residents and businesses with symmetrical high-speed service over a 100% fiber network. Now EPB is kicking things up another notch with a $70 million network upgrade that will support 25G PON to the entire community.

“We feel it's extremely important to keep Chattanooga on the leading edge of technology,” said EPB Vice President o
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How much would offline homes pay to get online? $10 monthly | Blandin on Broadband

How much would offline homes pay to get online? $10 monthly | Blandin on Broadband | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The NTIA reports… Our analysis shows affordability as a driving factor around why some households continue to remain offline, confirming that cost of service is an essential part of increasing Internet adoption. To dig into this issue more, NTIA added a new question to the 2021 NTIA Internet Use Survey. We asked households not using…
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PA: Bridging the Digital Divide | by Harvest Prude | TheDispatch.com

PA: Bridging the Digital Divide | by Harvest Prude | TheDispatch.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Will the billions of dollars Congress has committed to increasing broadband access be a good investment?
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East Carroll Parish Residents in Louisiana Fend Off Sparklight Challenge | MuniNetworks.org

East Carroll Parish Residents in Louisiana Fend Off Sparklight Challenge | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Residents of East Carroll Parish are “cautiously celebrating” the decision by Louisiana’s Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity to uphold a $4 million GUMBO grant to bring fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Internet service to over 2,500 households in one of the most poorly connected parts of the state.As we reported last month, the grant had been challenged by the regional monopoly cable provider Sparklight after the state had awarded the grant to Conexon.
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Pinpointing Urban Broadband Gaps | POTs & PANs

Pinpointing Urban Broadband Gaps | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The City of Chicago asked some researchers at the University of Chicago for help to identify the neighborhoods and the number of households that are not connected to broadband. It’s been well known that large numbers of people in cities don’t have broadband, but there have been no easy ways to pinpoint where solutions are…
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The FCC's Rules on Space Junk Just Got Stricter | Wired.com

The FCC's Rules on Space Junk Just Got Stricter | Wired.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
A new and contentious five-year limit for getting rid of dead satellites could slow the growing orbital litter problem—if people actually abide by it.
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Elon Musk’s Texts Suggest Way More People In The Silicon Valley Elite Should Have Imposter Syndrome | Techdirt.com

Elon Musk’s Texts Suggest Way More People In The Silicon Valley Elite Should Have Imposter Syndrome | Techdirt.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
I know that Elon claims he's decided he might actually live up to what he promised to do in the binding contract he signed to buy Twitter, but I still wanted to discuss some of the text messages that became public last week as part of the case, showing text messages between Musk and various…
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Educause report finds unreliable broadband is a top stressor | Blandin on Broadband

Educause report finds unreliable broadband is a top stressor | Blandin on Broadband | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Educause has released their 2022 Students and Technology Report; they are looking at undergraduates. Here are some of the top level fundings… Educational technology impacts student wellness. Most respondents experienced technology challenges over the past academic year, and about half of them reported that such issues caused them stress. Physical campus spaces continue to play an…
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FCC will start kicking voice providers out of its robocall database | Engadget.com

FCC will start kicking voice providers out of its robocall database | Engadget.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The FCC is now telling some voice providers it will kick them from its robocall database if they don't improve their anti-spam efforts..
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MA: Results of Digital Equity Assessment Announced | Boston.gov

MA: Results of Digital Equity Assessment Announced | Boston.gov | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Mayor Michelle Wu today shared the results of a comprehensive digital equity assessment which will inform the development of a plan to buil
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A Tribal Wireless Network in Northern California - Episode 521 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast |MuniNetworks.com

A Tribal Wireless Network in Northern California - Episode 521 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast |MuniNetworks.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
This week on the podcast, Christopher is joined by Matthew Douglas, Broadband Manager at the Hoopa Valley Public Utility District. At the start of the pandemic, HVPUD launched a wireless network initiative using $2 million in CARES Act funds to benefit Tribal members who had poor or no connectivity options.
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Inside Fog Data Science, the Secretive Company Selling Mass Surveillance to Local Police | EFF.org

Inside Fog Data Science, the Secretive Company Selling Mass Surveillance to Local Police | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
A data broker has been selling raw location data about individual people to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, EFF has learned. This personal data isn’t gathered from cell phone towers or tech giants like Google — it’s obtained by the broker via thousands of different apps on Android and iOS app stores as part of the larger location data marketplace.
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Days after Hurricane Ian's landfall, plans to strengthen Florida's electric system get the go-ahead | WFSU.org

Days after Hurricane Ian's landfall, plans to strengthen Florida's electric system get the go-ahead | WFSU.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Less than a week after Hurricane Ian knocked out power to large swaths of Florida, state regulators have approved long-term plans by utilities to bolster the state's electric system.
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MN: Carver County’s CarverLink Public Fiber Network Broadband Efforts | Blandin on Broadband

MN: Carver County’s CarverLink Public Fiber Network Broadband Efforts | Blandin on Broadband | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
After posting the MN County Digital Equity Profiles earlier this week, Randy Lehs was generous enough to send me an update on what’s going on in Carver County. It will help hugely with the Broadband County Profiles in a couple of month, and I’m excited to share the info now. (And the invitation is open to…
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MN: Red Wing Ignite will be awarded $4 million for local entrepreneurship and innovation (Olmsted County) | Blandin on Broadband

Red Wing Ignite reports... It was announced today that Red Wing Ignite has secured a Venture Challenge scale grant via the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Build to Scale (B2S) program. Red Wing Ignite, which also received a precursor to the B2S “build” grant in 2019, worked with the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) to apply to…
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MN: Nobles County Board supports rural broadband initiative with $4 million after grant falls through | DGlobe.com

MN: Nobles County Board supports rural broadband initiative with $4 million after grant falls through | DGlobe.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
“We’re dumbfounded,” said Mark Loosbrock, secretary/treasurer of Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company, which spearheaded the project. “They had maps that our engineers, that nobody had. That’s why that money got denied.”
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Towards a connected commonwealth | The Journal of Community Informatics

Towards a connected commonwealth	| The Journal of Community Informatics | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Authors Dr. Christopher Ali Penn State University https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9688-1962 Abby Simmerman University of Virginia Nicholas Lansing University of Virginia Keywords: Broadband, Rural Broadband, Digital Divide, Counties, Virginia Abstract This paper explores the role of counties in the...
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The US Needs to Recognize Intimate Privacy as a Civil Right | Wired.com 

The US Needs to Recognize Intimate Privacy as a Civil Right | Wired.com  | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Digital privacy invasion isn’t just a consumer protection issue. It’s inextricably linked to equality, with urgent implications for women and minorities.
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Paul Atkinson: Why Fiber Trumps Satellite When Bridging the Digital Divide | BroadbandBreakfast.com

Paul Atkinson: Why Fiber Trumps Satellite When Bridging the Digital Divide | BroadbandBreakfast.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
On the surface, satellite seems like the ideal way to close the rural-urban digital divide.
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Minnesota man sues Google over video rental history | The Desk | Desk.net

Minnesota man sues Google over video rental history | The Desk | Desk.net | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
A Minnesota man is suing Google for purportedly violating a state law that requires video rental companies to destroy purchase records.
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ISP Liability | POTs & PANs

Charter was recently ordered to pay over $1.1 billion to the estate of the family of an 83-year-old Charter customer that was murdered by a Spectrum technician in 2019. A jury had originally ordered Charter to pay $337 million in compensation plus $7 billion in punitive damages. The judge lowered the punitive damages to be…
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