The CBAN team is in San Antonio this week for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) Net Inclusion 2023. CBAN is one of 18 national cohorts under the NDIA's Digital Navigator pilot program, funded by Google.org. The day-long training on Monday was exclusively for members of these programs. The actual conference began on Tuesday, wiht over 800 attendees. CBAN's Bri Dillavou, Jon Anne Willow, Todd Kielkopf, and Curtis Dean are making great contacts with people and organizations across America who are working to achieve digital inclusion. The conference concludes Thursday.
We will have a complete report on Net Inclusion in next week's edition of Broadband Bytes!
The support of CBAN's associate members is vital for helping fund our activities. We've had another great company step forward to support us recently - Atlantic Vision
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The rapid growth of video streaming over the past decade has largely been responsible for the explosion of internet bandwidth use, and the need for enhanced broadband services. From humble beginnings with funny cat videos on YouTube to the current crowded streaming video ecosystem, consumers have largely benefitted from vast, if confusing, choices. But as this article at Cord Cutter News points out, this growth has become unsustainable and a correction is on the way. This correction is being driven by investors who are being burned by the "streaming wars".
Recently though, the so-called era of dumb money where everyone just wanted to get in on cord-cutting at any price. Now companies are cutting back, staff is getting let go, and streaming services are merging - Cord Cutter News
Another factor at play is consumer fatigue. In the "old days", while people complained about their cable company and price increases, at least they had most of the content they wanted in one place. Now a person may need to subscribe to several streaming services to get that same content and while each service on its own is not expensive, it all adds up.
Door County, Wisconsin (a CBAN Community member) is one of the most beautiful areas in the nation, and has long been a summer destination for families in the upper Midwest. Unfortunately it also has some of the worst broadband in Wisconsin if not the country as a whole. But Door County leaders are not sitting back and waiting for someone to solve their problems - they are taking action.
Jessica Hatch, the county's broadband coordinator, provided her Board with an update on the ongoing survey being conducted in the county. The latest survey results show the depth of the problem.
There are 19 municipalities in Door County, but so far only two of them have secured the funding needed to improve services in their towns. When Door County began their efforts last April, it was estimated that it will cost over $130 million to fill the broadband gaps.
For more information on the latest report, CLICK HERE to read an article at DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
Most of the CBAN team is heading to San Antonio, Texas this weekend to participate in Net Inclusion. The annual event - February 28-March 2, 2023 - is sponsored by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and is the largest gathering of the digital inclusion community in the nation.
CBAN's Curtis Dean, Brianna Dillavou, Todd Kielkopf, and Jon Anne Willow will be in attendance along with 17 other cohorts of the NDIA's Digital Navigator Pilot Program. CBAN will beging delivering digital skills training and other digital inclusion activites in Taylor, Ringgold, and Decatur counties in southern Iowa as part of the pilot program.
Although it's not naming names, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reportedly looking into reports that some ISP's are overstating their coverage. CLICK HERE to see the article at CNET.com.
For some time, industry analysts have suspected that some ISP's exaggerate their coverage in some areas as a way to block other providers from getting funding to serve those areas. Fixed wireless providers have been notorious for engaging in this activity, but cable and telephone companies have done the same thing, showing coverage in areas where they in fact don't cover.
While it would be great for the FCC to get to the bottom of this coverage overreporting, the agency is short-staffed and likely doesn't have the capacity to do a comprehensive job. As long as ISP's are allowed to make claims of coverage without proof, these sort of shenanigans are likely to continue.
Mediacom Communications says West Des Moines, Iowa will be the first market where new "10G" technology will be deployed to allow multi-gigabit download and upload speeds over their hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network.
According to a news release, over 30% of the West Des Moines market has been upgraded to the new platform, also known as DOCSIS 4.0. The company will complete the buildout this summer and then begin working on additional 10G markets.
The 10G/DOCSIS 4.0 technology is capable of providing download speeds of up to 10 Gbps and upload speeds to match - at least in theory. In practice, Mediacom will not immediately offer multi-gig speeds but will enhance upload capabilities.
A number of large cable companies are also beginning to deploy 10G to try to keep up with fibe overbuilds that continue to expand across the US.
Registration remains open for the CBAN Spring Forum on April 4, 2023 at Stoney Creek Hotel in Johnston, IA. CLICK HERE to check out the agenda and to get your tickets!
We'd like to take a moment to recognize the following CBAN Associate Members who have signed on as sponsors for the event or reserved an exhibit table. As of today we only have spaces for two more tabletop exhibits, 1 break sponsor, and one reception sponsor, so associate members who want to support the event should take action soon! Follow the link above to sign up.
CBAN's growth continues! Our newest provider member is Clarence Telephone/Cedar Communications, an independent community-focused broadband provider in east central Iowa.
The company operates under the name Clarence Telephone in it's home exchange in and around Clarence, Iowa. When it began expanding it adopted the name Cedar Communications. They are now bringing fiber-to-the-home in Tipton, Iowa - a fellow CBAN member - and in several rural areas.
Welcome to the family, Clarence Telephone/Cedar Communications!
The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) held their annual Legislative Launch on February 8th, and representatives of CBAN were in attendance. CBAN was one of the event sponsors for the second year in a row.
Although members of the Iowa Senate could not attend due to evening debate, CBAN did touch base with several members of the Iowa House and representatives of Iowa's tech industry to share our work on promoting digital access, adoption, and affordability.
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