Consolidated Communications aims to expand its fiber services to 70% of its territory, or more than 1.6 million businesses and households, using DZS technology for 10G XGS-PON. Consolidated is using $59 million from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction to offer broadband to 27,000 locations in seven states.
Verizon continues to support its C-band network efforts, setting a full-year 2021 budget of as much as $3 billion -- the company has already spent $160 million on C-Band efforts this year, executives said. Verizon has set a target of reaching 100 million people in 46 markets in 2021 via 7,000 to 8,000 new C-band sites.
AT&T added 246,000 fiber-based consumer broadband subscribers in the second quarter, a gain of 21,000 year-to-year, and executives predicted the company would tack on about 1 million new fiber customers in full-year 2021. Broadband average revenue per user grew by $3.15 to reach $54.76 and AT&T's Pascal Desroches said about 80% of the gains came from new subscribers.
The US Air Force is touting the advent of 5G and telemedicine as a significant breakthrough for soldiers' health as it conducts tests on the capabilities of the technologies at Joint Base San Antonio. Telehealth will enable the military to "provide more care in real time and bring more expertise to the table than they currently are," said Jody Little, executive program manager for 5G NextGen at JBSA.
Radio and television stations should not be obligated to help cover the costs of Federal Communications Commission broadband data collection, which should be borne by regulated users who benefit from the effort, the National Association of Broadcasters says. "[F]orcing broadcasters to subsidize over 15% of the costs of the Commission's broadband mapping activities - from which broadcasters undisputedly receive no benefit - is fundamentally unfair and runs contrary to the public interest in ensuring that broadcasters can continue to effectively serve the needs of their local communities," the NAB asserts.
The Olympic Games officially opened today in Tokyo, with a limited number of dignitaries in attendance as athletes entered the stadium to largely empty stands and the sound of protesters outside. Executives at NBCUniversal say the network has planned for an event without spectators and will use the opportunity to provide more intimate coverage of the games.
The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation has set Aug. 2 as the application deadline for next year's Broadcast Leadership Training program, which will take place live at NAB's Washington, D.C., headquarters. "The Broadcast Leadership Training program is imperative to our goal of fostering growth and promoting diversity in the industry, and we are excited to immerse the 2022 class in the networking and relationship-building opportunities that uniquely thrive in a live environment," says NABLF president Michelle Duke.
Jonathan Kanter's experience as a lawyer for organizations that frequently pushed for stronger government regulation and legal action against technology giants could prompt companies like Google and Facebook to seek his recusal from probes if his nomination to head antitrust efforts at the Department of Justice is successful. Federal regulations require government appointees to recuse themselves from investigations for 24 months if they have previous experience working on relevant cases.
Influencer-led marketing efforts are likely to get $3.69 billion in spending this year, eMarketer reports, an increase of 33.6%. Executives in podcasting and radio say the category should also include advertisements read by audio hosts, and note that such ads are especially effective when framed as conversations.
Cox Business introduced a service aimed at providing small businesses with broadband connections even during outages that take down wired or private Wi-Fi access. Net Assurance relies on an LTE network, available through Cox's partnerships with wireless operators, and an uninterruptible power supply.