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What Weather Can Do To Your Fiber Optic Cables - Part 2: Ice

By Marsha Hemmerich | December 1st, 2022 |Categories: fiber optics, fiber troubleshooting, fiber broadband, weather-related Internet issues, internet issues

With winter weather coming, you face another serious challenge: freezing temperatures, snow, sleet and ice. The change in seasons means a shift in reasons why connectivity disruptions occur. Fiber optic cables are built to withstand most cold [...]

What Weather Can Do To Your Fiber Optic Cables - Part 1: Wind & Water

By Marsha Hemmerich | October 25th, 2022 |Categories: fiber optics, fiber troubleshooting, fiber broadband, weather-related Internet issues, internet issues

A lot has happened in recent years that’s changed people’s reliance on communication. Before the pandemic there was pressure to get the power back on after a storm, today it’s more about ‘Why isn’t my phone working? Why isn’t my internet working?’ [...]

What is CALEA and Why is it Important to Broadband Providers

By Rick Yuzzi | October 5th, 2022 |Categories: CALEA, Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, CALEA Compliance, Broadband Providers, System Security and Integrity Plan, SSI

CALEA is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which requires all facilities-based broadband providers and providers of interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to have the procedures and systems in place to be [...]

ISPs Struggled with the FCC’s Inaugural Broadband Data Collection Process

By Rick Yuzzi | September 20th, 2022 |Categories: FCC, Broadband Funding, broadband data collection, FCC Broadband Map, Broadband Serviceable Locations, Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric

Following are the results from a survey I conducted of broadband service providers related to the new FCC mandate for biannual reporting of broadband availability data in the Broadband Data Collection System.

Improving HFC Performance with Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM)

By Rick Yuzzi | July 28th, 2022 |Categories: PNM, proactive network maintenance, What is DOCSIS PNM, Extending HFC Life, reduced maintenance costs

Cable operators have long known the benefits of having more fiber in their Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) plant, and for some, especially so, as they have taken fiber all the way to the premises in greenfield deployments. They have seen firsthand that an [...]

The Open Access Model for Rural Broadband Networks

By Rick Yuzzi | July 19th, 2022 |Categories: fiber, fiber Internet, open access fiber, open access fiber network, open access networks, fiber broadband

Open Access broadband networks have been gaining ground over the past few years as governments and municipalities are noticing the many advantages they provide. It’s a way for a city to provide fast and affordable broadband service in areas where a [...]

Key Steps to Bringing Broadband to Your Utility Customers

By Rick Yuzzi | July 6th, 2022 |Categories: IIJA, BEAD, Broadband Funding, state broadband, state broadband program, broadband infrastructure funding, electric membership cooperatives

 

FCC Assistance Available for the Broadband Data Collection Mandate

By Rick Yuzzi | June 28th, 2022 |Categories: FCC, broadband data collection, BDC, FCC data, broadband data collection program, BDC Availability Data Specification, BDC User Guide, Excel Text Matching

In its effort to ensure greater accuracy with its Broadband Map, the FCC is requiring that every provider of broadband service in the U.S. and U.S Territories to begin uploading their broadband serviceable locations into the FCC's new Broadband Data [...]

Application Window Open for Middle Mile Grant Program

By Rick Yuzzi | June 23rd, 2022 |Categories: IIJA, broadband infrastructure funding, middle mile grant program

The NTIA is now accepting applications for the Middle Mile Grant Program. The application window closes September 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). The Middle Mile Grant Program is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as [...]

Five Things to Consider When Expanding or Setting Up Your State Broadband Office

By Rick Yuzzi | June 6th, 2022 |Categories: IIJA, BEAD, Broadband Funding, state broadband, state broadband program, broadband infrastructure funding

The Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program will soon appropriate an initial allocation of $100 million to every state to help close the digital divide. Following that could be millions more, depending on the number of unserved [...]

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