Much like the last 3 Congressionally-mandated reports, the FCC’s 8th Broadband Availability Report concludes gaps in broadband availability continue to exist. Despite progress, the report found that about 19mln Americans (6% of the population) lack access to fixed broadband service at threshold speeds. In rural areas, nearly 25% of the population (14.5mln people) lacks access. It concludes that until the Commission’s Connect America reforms are fully implemented, the gaps will likely continue. But the FCC’s Republican commissioners see things differently. Read more in today’s issue.
 
Also in the August 22 issue of CableFAX Daily:
 
It seems many residents living in apartments or condos are struggling to pre-register for Google Fiber in Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MS.
 
GCI has selected TiVo to provide its next-gen whole home TV solution, and will begin deployments later this year.
 
 No comment from Charter on DSL Reports’ assertion that the MSO is developing its own 300Mbps broadband service.

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NCTA, ACA Connects and others are urging the FCC not to raise its 25/3 speed benchmark as the agency begins to craft its annual Section 706 report.

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