Maura Sullivan

Smaller Providers Facing Problems Ahead of FCC Mapping Deadline  

Concerns are rising among smaller broadband providers that they won’t be able to meet the FCC’s September 1 deadline to submit their coverage data in order to be eligible for participation in the upcoming Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment program. Impact: The first hint that anything was amiss with the FCC’s broadband mapping schedule came …

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Cable Broadband Feels the Heat in Q2  

Cable operators struggled through a tough quarter of broadband subscriber growth in Q2, with Comcast reporting flat growth (negative on the residential side), Charter sliding into the negative, and Altice reporting its fourth consecutive quarter of losses. All three cable operators attributed some of their struggles to the same issues: low move activity combined with …

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Microsoft Seeks to Fill in the Gaps with New Broadband Mapping Tool  

The FCC plans to unveil its long-awaited new and improved National Broadband Map sometime later this year, but in the meantime telecom providers and other interested parties can consult a new mapping option developed by Microsoft. Impact: It’s well known that the FCC’s broadband map has historically lacked accuracy on broadband availability because it depends …

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Starlink Faces Headwinds — and Tailwinds, Depending on the Source  

It seems like every day there’s a new headline proclaiming good news or bad news for low earth orbit satellite Internet provider Starlink, part of the SpaceX family of companies. Impact: The most recent evidence of that comes from a recent Ookla report using Q1 data from its Speedtest platform. On one hand, Starlink’s median …

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Ziply Fiber Acquisition Will Help Expansion Effort  

Ziply Fiber has been busily expanding its fiber infrastructure since it was formed out of WaveDivision Capital’s acquisition of its four-state Pacific Northwest footprint from Frontier Communications in May 2020. Impact: For the most part, Ziply’s fiber deployments have been all organic, with the company announcing a year ago that it would spend $500 million …

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Federal Broadband Funding Train Starts Rolling Down the Track  

Although the bulk of the federal broadband funding provided for in last year’s infrastructure legislation won’t be available until the FCC completes its overhaul of the country’s broadband maps later this year, the Biden Administration opened up the application process in May as part of its “Internet for All” initiative. Impact: The administration wants states, …

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Comcast Details Edge-Out Strategy for Broadband Growth  

On Comcast’s Q1 earnings call, company executives revealed more detail about a plan to grow the cable provider’s footprint by at least 800K new broadband passings in 2022. Impact: The strategy focuses on edge-out opportunities — areas adjacent to Comcast’s existing footprint — as a way to combat an ongoing slowdown in broadband subscriber growth. …

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Altice Doubles Down on Fiber as Broadband Losses Mount  

Despite an accelerated buildout schedule and subscriber gains on the fiber side, Altice USA’s overall broadband subscriber numbers trended negative again in the first quarter.  Impact: Altice added 145,700 new fiber passings in Q1, which pushed its total fiber locations past the 1.3 million mark. Edge-out locations also grew, by 42,000, and Altice reported adding …

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AT&T Fiber Additions Can’t Overcome Other Broadband Losses

Although CEO John Stankey reported during the Q1 earnings call that fiber makes up nearly half of AT&T’s consumer broadband revenue, gains in fiber were not enough to offset the losses from non-fiber broadband and legacy DSL service. Impact: AT&T added 289,000 fiber Internet customers in the first quarter, elevating its fiber subscriber count to …

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