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Industry News

April 2022

UPDATED May 9, 2022

The Nevada Telecommunications Association

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Telecoms join effort to connect low-income homes

Verizon, AT&T, Frontier Communications and Alta Fiber are among the 20 broadband providers who have signed onto a plan to provide low-income homes with $30 monthly service by lowering their price and increasing speeds, the White House says. The program is largely aimed at promoting existing efforts.

Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (5/9),  Next TV (5/9) 

Frontier adds 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1

Frontier Communications grew its fiber broadband base by a record 54,000 subscribers in the first quarter, a 20% year-to-year rise to total 1.38 million residential fiber customers. Churn remained low at a record 1.19% and officials predicted Frontier would reach 1 million new fiber locations in 2022.

Full Story: FierceTelecom (5/6),  Light Reading (5/6) 

Report: US second in data breaches behind Great Britain

Great Britain suffered the most data breaches between 2020 and 2021 at 4783, with the US a distant second at 1,494 affected internet users per million, virtual private network provider Surfshark reports. Phishing schemes caught the most victims but insurance fraud was the costliest.

Full Story: PC Magazine (5/6) 

Report: More cyber pros adopting hardware-assisted security

More than one-third of cybersecurity professionals polled say their organizations are now deploying hardware-assisted security tools, Intel and the Ponemon Institute report. Nearly half of the respondents say their groups will introduce the technology within a year.

Full Story: VentureBeat (5/6) 

KEY UPCOMING DATES

May 10 – Replies are due on the notice of inquiry on secure internet routing.

NTA Announcements

Quick Bites from RegScan
May 9, 2022

  • The FCC placed an item on circulation on the budget control mechanism.
     

  • NTCA and WTA and Totah discussed the impacts of the resurgent budget control mechanism on rural carriers.
     

  • The FCC announced it is ready to authorize Rural Digital Opportunity Fund support for 2324 winning bids, totaling approximately $200 million.
     

  • Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced legislation to require a more thorough verification process for ISPs seeking to participate in the FCC’s high-cost programs.
     

  • NTCA discussed the Affordable Connectivity Program’s non-usage provisions.
     

  • The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau adopted a drive-test model and parameters for certain mobile providers participating in the Alaska Plan, and seeks comment on an approach for providers to address compliance gaps.
     

  • NTIA awarded 19 Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program grants totaling $77 million. It also awarded $500,000 for Fairbanks, Alaska.
     

  • The FCC announced it committed $39 million in additional Emergency Connectivity Fund support, bringing total program commitments to over $4.8 billion.
     

  • USAC filed Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Fund Size Projections for the third quarter 2022. Consumer’s Research, et al. filed objections to the proposed USF factor.

FCC considers broadband speed proposal

A proposal submitted to the Federal Communications Commission calls for an increase of minimum downstream speed for rural internet service to 100 Mbps, make 20 Mbps the upstream minimum, and increase funding to improve access. The FCC is currently considering the measure.

Full Story: Telecompetitor (5/6) 

Streamers shift on ads as national spending increases

A growing number of streaming platforms are embracing ad-supported free or lower-cost models as they look to maintain subscriber growth amid heightened competition. Insider Intelligence predicts the number of ad-supported subscribers will rise from 129 million in 2021 to 165 million by 2025.

Full Story: The New York Times (4/19) 

Ransomware attack costs, payout frequency decline

The average cost of a ransomware attack slightly exceeded $500,000 in the fourth quarter of 2021, down from more than $2 million in Q3 2020, cyberinsurance provider Corvus reports. Only 22% of demanded ransoms were paid in Q4 2021, down from 44% in Q3 2020.

Full Story: TechTarget (4/15)