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FCC denies RDOF funding for Starlink, LTD Broadband

Starlink had won projects worth nearly $900 million; LTD was the biggest winning bidder in the RDOF auction Starlink and LTE Broadband have lost federal subsidies worth more than $2 billion, after the Federal Communications Commission rejected their respective applications to provide high-speed broadband services...

FCC authorizes another $200 million for RDOF deployments

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized nearly $200 million from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund for broadband deployments in 26 states and the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory. The agency said that the funding, which will be extended over the next 10 years,...

Editorial Webinar: Rural Broadband in the real world

The need for ubiquitous, reliable connectivity was brought into sharp focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, funding for rural broadband has become a priority for many governments around the world. But the true burden still falls on service providers, which are now...

Two challenges that come with expanded broadband services

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an intensified focus on broadband availability, as people around the world turned to online services to stay connected, work and learn. Terry Young, who is director of service provider and 5G product marketing for A10 Networks, sees the...

The Sunday Brief: The plight of the resurrected telco

Greetings from Hilton Head Island (SC),  Davidson/ Lake Norman (NC) and Omaha (NE).  Pictured is a long-time friend and former colleague, Christopher (“Topher”) Wren and I having a terrific conversation and dinner at Stokes in downtown Omaha.  Topher is currently the Senior Vice President...

Pew Research Center finds 7% of US adults aren’t online; age is the biggest determinant

Based on a national survey conducted between Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 of this year, the Pew Research Center found that approximately 7% of U.S. adults don't use the internet. According to Pew, age is the biggest determinant of internet use with other major...

What will be the long term impact of the RDOF auction? (Analyst Angle)

The RDOF auction started with the great promise of bringing broadband to vast swatches of the U.S. that is lacking this essential utility.  It ended with questions of whether that promise can be fulfilled. The RDOF auction was established to provide government funding to deploy...

Policy, data and the urban/rural digital divide: A conversation with CCA and Ookla

  What's going on in rural broadband policy? There are a lot of moving pieces right now: the Rural Digital Opportunities Fund and the proposed Rural 5G Fund, for example, which together will account for nearly $30 billion in spending cover the coming decade to...

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