Federal cabinet says wholesale broadband rates could stifle investment but declines to overturn ruling

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The federal cabinet says the new, lower rates that Canada’s large phone and cable companies were ordered to charge smaller internet providers for access to their networks could stifle investment in telecom infrastructure.

However, cabinet declined to overturn the August, 2019, ruling that reduced wholesale broadband rates or send it back to Canada’s telecom regulator for reconsideration, saying it would be premature to do so because the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is already in the midst of reviewing its decision.

“We will continue to monitor the CRTC proceedings closely,” Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said in a statement Saturday.

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Consumer advocates and smaller internet service providers (ISPs) criticized the decision, saying it would result in higher costs for internet users.

“The government has effectively told

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As COVID looms over school year, Rep. Joe Kennedy hits Sen. Ed Markey on 1996 Telecommunications Act, broadband access; both press for stimulus deal to help parents, students

Rep. Joe Kennedy on Tuesday night took aim at one of Sen. Ed Markey’s signature bills, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, arguing too many families still cannot afford cable service or access broadband at a time of confusion and concerns for public health as teachers and parents grapple with COVID-19 heading into the school year.

In a WCVB debate, both candidates urgently pressed the federal government to assist cash-strapped states and towns with an injection of stimulus aid to help schools reopen safely and to assist with hybrid or remote learning where necessary.

Neither advocated a one-size-fits-all approach.

Markey said communities must “err on the side of caution” until “there’s a guarantee that these schools are safe.” He added that he’s pushing for $4 billion to expand internet access, broadband and Wi-Fi hotspots across the country and Massachusetts to prevent “homework and opportunity gaps” because “we have to anticipate those

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CRTC announces $72M in broadband internet improvements for northern communities

Five northern community broadband projects in the N.W.T., Yukon and northern Manitoba will share in $72 million of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Broadband Fund money.

According to a press release from the CRTC Wednesday, the projects are designed to improve broadband internet service for about 10,100 households in 51 communities.

The CRTC will dedicate $750 million to projects that improve broadband services in rural and remote communities over the next five years. Many communities in the North rely on slower satellite data connections for internet service.

“The pandemic makes [internet] even more important as children are trying to learn at home, as parents are working at home.” – Ian Scott, chairman of the CRTC

Ian Scott, the CRTC’s chairperson, told the CBC in an interview that the COVID-19 pandemic
“put a magnifying glass” on how important internet connectivity is for northern communities. 

“The pandemic makes [internet] even more

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Broadband Power Line Communications Chipset Current Market Potential and the Future Growth Opportunities from 2020 to 2025

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The global broadband PLC chipset market is estimated to cross $3.60 billion by 2025 growing at

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Telecom minister launches high-speed wireless broadband service BSNL Airfibre in Bihar

a hand holding a sign: Besides this, the minister inaugurated a next-generation network telephone exchange at New Bihar Vidhan Mandal compound, the Ministry of Communications said in a statement.

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Besides this, the minister inaugurated a next-generation network telephone exchange at New Bihar Vidhan Mandal compound, the Ministry of Communications said in a statement.

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday launched a high-speed wireless broadband service, BSNL Bharat Airfibre, for rural areas of Bihar through video conferencing from the national capital.

Besides this, the minister inaugurated a next-generation network telephone exchange at New Bihar Vidhan Mandal compound, the Ministry of Communications said in a statement.

Prasad said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is to convert challenges into opportunity for Aatmanirbhar Bharat and on the same lines his mission is also to take opportunities to rural corners of India.

“Especially in the times of COVID-19 pandemic, there is immense scope for digital education, digital skilling and tele-medicine etc and broadband connectivity in rural India will play a crucial role. Bharat AirFibre will help

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Manx Telecom broadband outage affects 4,000

a sign on the side of a building: About 4,000 customers have been without broadband since Monday evening

About 4,000 customers have been without broadband since Monday evening

A network problem at Manx Telecom has left about 4,000 homes and businesses on the Isle of Man without internet access for almost two days.

Benefit and pension payments using the government’s MiCard service have been disrupted as several post offices have been without a broadband connection.

The outage began on Monday evening and has affected people across the island.

The firm’s chief executive Gary Lamb said engineers were working “flat out” but had not yet identified the problem.

An attempt to fix the issue overnight with a “hardware upgrade” failed to work, a spokesman added.

Mr Lamb said the company was looking at “alternative short-term arrangements” to help customers with “critical broadband requirements”.

Affected businesses have been unable to accept card payments, which rely on a network connection.

Eight post offices have been impacted and customers collecting

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Sallet: Moving forward together: Supporting state and local broadband leadership | Columnists

The irony is that federal support for state and local broadband efforts is now critical. The federal government has the capacity to spend money while state and local governments are facing sometimes severe budget constraints.

The best approach is to fuse federal support with state and local leadership.

The reasons are obvious. State and local governments can experiment with pragmatic solutions that solve the whole broadband problem—from building networks to ensuring that people, like the newly-unemployed, have the resources and skills to use broadband. State and local governments can also provide benefits without requiring navigation through pages and pages of complicated requirements as federal programs currently do.

Perhaps most importantly, state and local governments are nearby, not thousands of miles away, and they hear the voices of local communities.

The magnitude of the challenge requires that all the players — federal, state and local — take the field.

The sooner

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Rise Broadband vaults ‘rip and replace’ program’s Catch-22

Rise Broadband, the nation’s largest independent provider of fixed wireless Internet services in rural areas, said it plans to rip out ZTE’s equipment from its network – and will do so with its own cash.

“By making this decision, Rise Broadband is taking the initiative,” the company explained in a recent FCC filing, noting that its “reasoned and appropriate decision” should not prevent it from eventually getting a government reimbursement covering the cost of the effort.

A Rise executive declined to discuss the matter with Light Reading beyond the company’s FCC filing, including how much money the company is spending on the effort. However, Rise has previously said that it spent “several million dollars” on ZTE equipment in 2015.

While the details remain vague and the issue is decidedly complex, at the heart of Rise Broadband’s action is a Catch-22 that pits one government mandate against another, with the company

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County broadband authority seeking $3.8M to bring fiber internet to 2,300 homes and businesses | Local Government

The 2021 Albemarle project proposal, which would provide fiber to homes and businesses in 11 parts of the county, will cost approximately $5.7 million. CenturyLink is contributing nearly $1.4 million and the Albemarle County Broadband Authority is contributing $640,000. The 11 sections include Boonesville, Gilbert Station Road, Jones Mill Road, Campbell/ Cobham, Snow Hill Lane, Jarmans Gap, Bucks Elbow, Milton Hills, Box Holly / Taylors Gap, Advance Mills / Fray Road, Tilman Road / Meriweather Hill and Old Garth Heights.

The funding announcement will happen late this year or early next year.

Earlier this year, the authority put out a request for proposals to partner with internet service providers to expand service to unserved and underserved homes and businesses. Culp said they are still in negotiation, and it’s likely they can leverage some of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act of 2020 Coronavirus Relief Fund money

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NM lawmaker wants to help communities get broadband access

Getting high-speed internet access to all of New Mexico has been a challenge.

Sen. Padilla said the state made major investments in 2017. Lawmakers rewrote telecommunication laws, allocated money for new technology from the universal service fund, and placed broadband in local infrastructure.
“So now, if you’re a town out there in the middle of New Mexico, Columbus or Ranchos de Taos or Rama New Mexico, you can apply to, you can change your infrastructure tax and collect monies that way, with that first bill I was talking about. The second thing you can do is you can apply to the USF Fund and be granted anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million.
However, smaller communities and local leaders may not know how to access those opportunities.

Legislation Sen. Padilla is hoping to introduce in the 2021 legislative session would create an office of high-speed broadband access and expansion.
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