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Industry Presses the FCC to Keep Funding Broadband Growth

Despite problems with the wider U.S. economy, demand for broadband and consumer take rates for increasing speeds has not slowed.

Change Is Inevitable, Including at Telecompetitor

I realized some months ago that all those books piling up on my side table aren’t going to read themselves. All those places I’ve been wanting to visit aren’t going to visit themselves. And so on.

Three More Broadband Providers Announce ACP Alternatives

Breezeline, LICT Corporation, and Longmont Power & Communications are the latest broadband providers to offer an alternative to the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which offered a $30 per month discount on internet service to low-income households and was terminated in May. The new programs from these companies offer discounted service to low-income households that were on the ACP and in two cases offer the lower-cost service to new households that meet the income eligibility requirements. Though each company’s discount offering is slightly different—both in

T-Mobile to Comply with Ad Watchdog’s Finding on Price Lock Ads

T-Mobile says it will comply with an advertising watchdog’s recommendation that the company discontinue or adjust its price lock claims for its Internet service in response to a challenge brought by AT&T. The watchdog, BBB’s National Programs National Advertising Division (NAD), uses these challenges to self-regulate service providers’ advertising claims.

When BEAD Map Challenges Are Based on Misinformation

Though the challenge process for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program is intended to create more accurate broadband maps, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) warns that the opposite may happen. If, during the challenge process, a local broadband provider promises they can provide speeds and services in a particular community—but are overstating their abilities or simply making false claims—the resulting broadband coverage maps will be less accurate.

Multifamily Broadband Provider M&A: Smartaira Buys Lux Speed

In a deal between two providers focused on multifamily broadband, Smartaira has acquired Florida-based Lux Speed Inc. Smartaira provides multi-gigabit, symmetrical service via both fiber internet and managed Wi-Fi. It markets to homeowner-association, condo-association and multi-tenant rental properties in 26 states. The company said that the acquisition is its fourth since 2021 and that it will strengthen its operations in the southeast. 

Ziply VP Shares Details on Washington Public-Private Partnership

The latest broadband public-private partnership comes from Ziply, which will bring fiber broadband at speeds up to 50Gbps symmetrically to Camaro Island, Washington. The deployment will require an investment of almost half a million dollars, some of which will come from Ziply and some of which will come from Island County.

Windstream Offers Free Upgrades to Kinetic Fiber

Windstream is offering free upgrades to its Kinetic fiber broadband service to 33,000 customers currently served by slower speed DSL infrastructure. The company is calling the initiative “Project Glass Echo.” Eligible DSL customers can get speeds of 300Mbps at no extra charge on their monthly bills, regardless of what speed they were previously receiving, said Ben Midanek, Windstream’s chief marketing officer for Kinetic. There are eligible customers throughout Windstream’s 18-state footprint.