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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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Suddenly Rebranded  

The full rebranding by year-end of Altice USA’s Suddenlink systems to the core Optimum brand it inherited from Cablevision in 2016 offers a window into how much the broadband world has changed in the last few years. It’s not that Altice wouldn’t have eventually consolidated branding across the company. The move makes sense no matter …

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Verizon’s Bold Play

Verizon’s announcement this week that it will launch a new video aggregation service called +play amounts to its current strategy on steroids. The carrier already partners with third-party streamers from Disney, AMC Networks, Sling TV, Discovery, and others to bolster its core wireless business, with the Disney bundle including Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ even coming …

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Rip-and-Replace Requests Nearly Triple the Program’s Budget

When Congress mandated that telecommunications providers would need to remove equipment supplied by Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE from their networks over national security concerns, lawmakers seem to have underestimated how much such an undertaking would cost. Impact: Congress initially allocated less than $1 billion toward the program under the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks …

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One Touch Intelligence Names Michael Grebb as VP, Lead Analyst

One Touch Intelligence6312 S Fiddlers Green CirGreenwood Village, CO 80111Contact: Noelle Botti – noelleb@onetouchintelligence.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Grebb to lead team covering media, communications, and entertainment/streaming GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO – Jan. 5, 2022 – One Touch Intelligence has tapped veteran journalist and business strategist Michael Grebb to manage OTI’s coverage of video, telecommunications, broadband and entertainment/streaming …

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