Category: News

Gigabit Broadband Could Add $50bn to UK Economy

Assembly Research has estimated gigabit speed broadband services could add as much as $50 billion to the UK economy over the next five years. While the UK has been making steady progress over the last five years in delivering full-fiber connectivity to households, it still lags behind European leaders. Read more at

Investment in Fiber Company Means More High Speed For Rural Homes

A major investment in a Fiber Optics company from Winkler will allow the service to extend its reach across the province. Valley Fiber plans on extending its services to some communities around and west of Highway 75.Valley Fiber, a company that already operates in more than 20 municipalities across Manitoba, has confirmed a financial partnership […]

Even In Crisis Times, There Is A Push To Wire Rural America

In recent years, former coal miners were retrained to work with fiber optics, expanding high-speed Internet – and possible economic opportunities – to rural areas.; Credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR Kirk Siegler | NPR As the COVID-19 crisis took hold and schools in Lockhart, Texas, had to close and shift to remote learning, the school district quickly […]

The FCC Ratified Wi-Fi 6E

During the Federal Communications Commission’s monthly meeting today, it ratified unlicensed use of the 6GHz radio frequency spectrum in the USA. This decision opens the way for the proposed Wi-Fi 6E standard to move forward. Industry giants Intel and Broadcom began planning for this move two years ago. Read more at Ars Technica

Coronavirus: Village Life ‘abysmal’ Without Broadband

Residents of a rural village say they feel “cut off” during lockdown due to their slow broadband speeds. People in Pandy, Wrexham, in the Ceiriog Valley, say they typically get broadband speeds of 1MB or less, have limited mobile phone signal and no 4G. Resident Alison Bendall said it was “very frustrating” she could not […]

Pandemic Builds Momentum for Broadband Upgrade

The coronavirus pandemic is boosting momentum for major broadband legislation, highlighting the widespread lack of high-speed internet in U.S. homes at a time when it has become more essential than ever. Leading lawmakers of both parties say the long-delayed issue of closing the so-called digital divide is gaining new prominence, as Washington weighs initiatives to […]

The Curious Case of the COVID-19 Cellular Traffic Spike

There’s no doubt that stuck-at-home Americans are generating record levels of Internet traffic while they work, learn and entertain themselves online. However, what’s not clear is whether any of that additional traffic is spilling onto the nation’s 4G and 5G cellular networks, and what that will mean for operators and vendors in the space. Read […]

Cityfibre’s 1Gbps FTTH Broadband Goes Live in Northampton UK

After starting the roll-out in September 2019, it now looks as if Cityfibre’s new 40m and 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP network in the East Midlands (England) town of Northampton, which is initially being supported by Vodafone (and TalkTalk to follow), has finally gone live for their first customers. Read more at ISPreview UK

Pandemic Spurs Deregulatory D.C.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pais monthly drip drip drip of process deregulation has become a flood, at least temporarily, as rules for how broadband subsidy money is spent, how spectrum can be used and who can use it are being modified and waived right and left. The avowed goal is to keep America connected […]