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Can Cable Networks Deliver a Gigabit? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs

Can Cable Networks Deliver a Gigabit? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable recently promised the Los Angeles City Council that they could bring gigabit service to the city by 2016. This raises the question – can today’s cable networks deliver a gigabit?

The short answer is yes, they are soon going to be able to do that, but with a whole list of caveats. So let me look at the various issues involved:


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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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Analyst: Good Luck With That Starlink Broadband Plan, SpaceX Launch Cycle Doesn't Add Up | Telecompetitor.com

Can SpaceX launches keep pace with Starlink LEO satellite service and replacement requirements? MoffettNathanson analysts shed doubt in a
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Biden’s big broadband ambitions mean historic hurdles for NTIA | WashingtonPost.com

The president's plans hinge on the tiny telecom agency.
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What’s Really Behind the Microsoft-Activision Deal | TheNation.com

What’s Really Behind the Microsoft-Activision Deal | TheNation.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
It isn’t the end of the console wars but the start of the metaverse wars.
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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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ARPA is Not Just for Rural Broadband | POTs & PANs

ARPA is Not Just for Rural Broadband | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
FCC Commissioner Brandon Carr released an extraordinary statement the other day that is worth reading. Carr is taking exception to the final rules from the Treasury Department concerning how communities can use the $350 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Carr is asking states to somehow intervene in the way that…
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It’s Not a Rural Broadband Challenge, It’s a Statewide Broadband Challenge - Episode 489 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast | MuniNetworks.org

It’s Not a Rural Broadband Challenge, It’s a Statewide Broadband Challenge - Episode 489 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
This week on the podcast, Christopher is joined by Matt Schmit, Director of the Illinois Office of Broadband and Chair of Illinois Broadband Advisory Council.During the conversation, the two discuss Illinois’ $420 million investment in broadband infrastructure as part of the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant program, the challenges in and solutions to both rural and urban settings, and how the Illinois Connected Communities program has helped at all stages of the process.
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SpaceX launches 2,000th Starlink satellite | SpaceflightNow.com

SpaceX launches 2,000th Starlink satellite | SpaceflightNow.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A package of 49 Starlink satellites that rode a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit Tuesday night from Florida included the 2,000th spacecraft to launch into SpaceX’s broadband internet network.

 

The successful orbital deployment of SpaceX’s newest 49 satellites brought the total number of Starlink spacecraft built and launched to 2,042, including prototypes and testbeds no longer in service.

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