The Federal Government is Preparing to Funnel Billions to State Broadband Offices

Posted by John Sarkis on May 2, 2022 1:46:17 PM

The federal government has been investing big-time into nationwide broadband access for underserved communities. With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), state governments are beginning to develop plans to connect local communities with high speed, affordable broadband. 

Historically, broadband funding has been distributed and managed by federal entities such as the USAC, with programs such as the Connect America Fund, which dispersed funds directly to internet providers. This time, state governments are managing grants and making sure that their local communities have access to high speed and affordable broadband. 

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Topics: Regulatory, Broadband, connect america fund, State Funding

Changes to Performance Testing Sample Size Approved for 1Q and 2Q 2022

Posted by John Sarkis on Jan 24, 2022 1:13:25 PM

Earlier this month, the NTCA- otherwise known as the Rural Broadband Commission, filed a petition for waiver requesting the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) to extend the aid provided by the previous December 2020 Waiver Order. The Rural Broadband Commission explained in the petition that broadband providers continue to face challenges such as supply chain issues as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The main requests of the NCTA were as follows;

  • The Commission should continue to allow A-CAM/RBE/Alaska Plan carriers to only pre-test 70% of the USAC-selected sampled locations for the first two quarters of 2022
  • Extend the “simple” waiver request for A-CAM/RBE/Alaska Plan carriers
  • Extend the pre-testing period for A-CAM/RBE/Alaska Plan carriers
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Topics: Broadband, FCC, connect america fund

How to Ensure Success in the Next Phase of Performance Measures Testing

Posted by John Sarkis on Nov 4, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Complying with the USAC’s requirements can be stressful. However, being non-compliant during the pre-testing phase isn’t the end of the world. In fact - it’s part of the process in most providers' deployment journeys. 

As we jump into the fourth quarter of ACAM-I pretesting and prepare for the upcoming 2022 official testing, it’s important that providers determine what tactics they used to be successful this past year.

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Topics: Telecom Data Analytics, Regulatory, Broadband, FCC, stamper box, connect america fund

Small Telcos in the Big Picture

Posted by John Sarkis on May 18, 2021 11:53:49 AM

 

With the first quarter of performance testing behind us, we’d like to reflect on how our stamper technology performed. As we rolled out hundreds of stamper box devices across the United States, our years of experience in telecom were put to the test to adapt to new challenges that performance measures testing created. 

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Topics: Telecom Data Analytics, connect america fund, A-CAM

CAF Performance Testing Podcast

Posted by Ryan Guthrie on May 30, 2019 2:08:05 PM

Take a listen to our latest podcast where Peter Mueller and Ryan Guthrie discuss the FCC order and many of the questions we've been hearing from carriers who have to comply by July 31, 2019.  

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Topics: stamper box, connect america fund, DA 18-710

CAF Broadband Performance Testing

Posted by Ryan Guthrie on Nov 14, 2018 1:41:13 PM

A few months ago the FCC released order DA 18-710 specifying the network performance testing and reporting required for ISPs who receive support from the Connect America Fund (CAF). The order is nearly 40 pages, but in this post we will summarize the requirements and provide some options for how ISPs can comply.

Who Must Comply?

Recipients of CAF high-cost universal service support, including:

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Topics: Regulatory, FCC, stamper box, connect america fund