AT&T, ONF Collaborate on Virtualized Multi-Gigabit PON Service Automation

AT&T is working with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to integrate the ONAP operating system with multi-gigabit passive optical networks. The AT&T, ONF collaboration will leverage work the ONF already has done on multi-gigabit PON. “This is the next step for agile development progression for virtualized and disaggregated network access for PON networks,” said AT&T...Learn More

Gigabit Coming to Every School in North Dakota, Thanks to New 100 Gig Backbone Network

North Dakota is somewhat of an anomaly in today’s broadband world, where so many lack access to high quality broadband. The largely rural state has some of the best, if not the best, state-wide fiber connectivity in the country. It’s about to get better. Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), a regional fiber network operator owned by...Learn More

Global Ethernet Service Provider Leaderboard: CenturyLink Makes its Debut

The top seven Ethernet service providers in Vertical Systems Group’s 2017 Global Ethernet Leaderboard are (in order) Orange Business Services (France), AT&T (U.S.), Colt (U.K.), CenturyLink (U.S.), BT Global Services (U.K.), Verizon (U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Leaderboard tracks providers with a 4% or more share of the market of billable retail port sales among...Learn More

Report: Be Prepared to Wait for 5G Smartphones

Though there is lots news about 5G, the handsets necessary for the networks to be used will remain scarce for the next few years, according to a 5G smartphones forecast from Strategy Analytics. The firm says that while handsets will go on sale early next year, scale will not be achieved until 2021 or beyond....Learn More

TBR: Wireless Revenue Trends Up Slightly, Thanks to Higher Equipment Costs

Wireless revenue trends are up 2% year-to-year for U.S. carriers covered in Technology Business Research Inc.’s (TBR) 4Q17 U.S. & Canada Mobile Operator Benchmark report. Those revenues have reached an annual total of $62.7 billion, TBR said. According to the research firm, higher equipment revenue was the primary reason for the increase. Customers purchasing unsubsidized...Learn More

FCC Adopts New Small Cell Approval Rules in Pursuit of 5G

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new small cell approval rules aimed at streamlining the wireless infrastructure siting review process to facilitate the deployment of next-generation wireless facilities. According to the FCC, the actions will reduce regulatory impediments to deploying small cells needed for 5G and help to expand the reach of 5G for faster,...Learn More

Proposed Federal Budget Would Allocate Just $7.5 Million to Fix National Broadband Map Data

The omnibus bill to fund the federal government that is currently before Congress calls for $7.5 million to go to the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) to update National Broadband Map data in coordination with the FCC and using partnerships previously developed with the states. The news comes at a time when a wide...Learn More

WBA Introduces Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines, Compliance Checklist

The Wireless Broadband Alliance yesterday released the WBA Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines and Compliance Checklist. The parallel offerings provide deployment best practices for wireless network operators and infrastructure vendors. WBA Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines “The WBA has launched the Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines vision as part of our overarching mission to resolve the business challenges the industry faces,”...Learn More

Congressional Spending Bill Allocates $600 Million in New Rural Broadband Funding

New rural broadband funding is included in the $1.3 trillion congressional omnibus bill to fund the government this year. The bill calls for an additional $600 million to be distributed through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The funding authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to create a pilot program within RUS that distributes the new funding...Learn More

Pai Urges Small Cable CAF II Auction Bids; Will They Take Him Up on It?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today urged small cable companies to bid for funding in the upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) auction, scheduled to start in July. The CAF II Auction will award as much as $2 billion over 10 years to cover some of the costs of deploying broadband to unserved or underserved rural areas....Learn More

USDA Accepting Community Connect Grant Applications, Up to $3M Each Available for Rural Broadband Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun accepting applications for Community Connect grants, which cover as much as 85% of the costs of providing broadband service in unserved and underserved rural communities. Interested parties have until May 14 to submit their USDA Community Connect grant applications. State and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, non-profit organizations and...Learn More

Report: Big Four Broadcast Networks Are Most Desired for Skinny TV Bundles, ESPN Didn’t Make Top Ten

Broadcast networks top the list for most desired TV channels groups, according to new skinny TV bundles research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). In the survey of 2,030 connected consumers about the five network families they’d prefer to have included in a 5-group skinny TV plan, the Big-4 broadcast network groups occupied four of the...Learn More

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