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AT&T kills DSL, leaves tens of millions of homes without fiber Internet

A snail resting on a computer mouse, to illustrate slow Internet service.

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AT&T has deployed fiber-to-the-home Internet to less than 30 percent of the households in its 21-state territory, according to a new report that says AT&T has targeted wealthy, non-rural areas in its fiber upgrades.

The report, co-written by an AT&T workers union and an advocacy group, is timely, being issued just a few days after AT&T confirmed it will stop connecting new customers to its aging DSL network. That does not mean customers in DSL areas will get fiber, because AT&T last year said it was mostly done expanding its fiber service. AT&T said at the time that it would only expand fiber incrementally, in areas where it makes financial sense for AT&T to do so. We’ll provide more detail on the DSL cutoff later in this article—in short, the fiber/copper hybrid known as AT&T Internet is still offered to new customers, but the slower product that AT&T sells under the DSL name is being discontinued except for existing customers.

Citing data that ISPs are required to submit to the Federal Communications Commission, the report issued today said that AT&T had built fiber-to-the-home to 28 percent of the households in its footprint as of June 30, 2019. The report was written by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a union that represents AT&T employees; and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), an advocacy group that has been tracking AT&T’s broadband deployments for years. The groups say that AT&T has left rural areas and people with low incomes with old, inadequate broadband services.

There are 52.97 million households in AT&T’s home-Internet service area, and 14.93 million of them have fiber-to-the-home access, the CWA told Ars. The fiber percentages were particularly bad in some states, with rates of 14 to 16 percent in Michigan, Illinois, Mississippi, and Arkansas,

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Reliance Jio Fiber Trust to Raise $5.4 Billion From Group Firms

Google Said in Talks to Plow $4 Billion Into Jio as Ambani's Reliance Holds AGM

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A trust that holds Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s fiber-optic assets is raising 397.1 billion rupees ($5.4 billion) through borrowings and stake sales to units and investment firms of the tycoon’s conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd., according to a filing.

Digital Fibre Infrastructure Trust will raise about 147.1 billion rupees by issuing units and also raise 250 billion rupees through a loan from group companies to reduce existing debts and fund business expansion, according to the filing to the Securities and Exchange Board of India. The billionaire’s group had been in talks with overseas funds for the capital, local media had reported earlier.

Ambani, 63, who’s expanded his oil-focused conglomerate into telecommunications, technology and retail, is in the midst of raising cash from the assets he created along the way from the diversification. The investment by his own group companies in the trust contrasts with the approach of his digital venture, Jio Platforms Ltd., which mopped up more than $20 billion this year by selling 33% to investors including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Reliance Industries will hold 48.4% of Jio Digital Fibre Pvt. Ltd., according to the filing.

After the success of his wireless carrier, which is now India’s No. 1 with 400 million users, Asia’s richest man is offering broadband services across the country through his fiber-optic network. The tycoon is seeking to dominate telecommunications as he sees it as a platform to deliver many services online — e-commerce, entertainment, education and health care among others.

The transformation of Mumbai-based Reliance is a bet on India’s consumers, as millions use smartphones to access such services. Ambani has also started selling stakes in his retail unit. KKR & Co., Silver Lake and General Atlantic and Mubadala have invested more than $3 billion in the business.


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DC BLOX Empowers Huntsville, AL, with Newly Available, High-Speed Metro Fiber Network

Network Facilitates Private, Metro-Wide Access from Huntsville Business Locations to DC BLOX’s Regional Network and Data Centers in the Southeast

DC BLOX, a provider of multi-tenant data centers that deliver the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business, announces that its new Metro Fiber Network in Huntsville, Alabama, is now available and ready for service. This network, achieved in partnership with Huntsville Utilities, leverages their extensive dark fiber infrastructure to provide connectivity to a vast majority of local organizations. The DC BLOX Metro Fiber Network serves as core infrastructure for Huntsville, enabling businesses and government agencies to fulfill their digital goals with enhanced connectivity, security, speed and geographic reach.

“Huntsville Utilities constructed a robust fiber-optic network to move our community forward,” said Wes Kelley, President and CEO of Huntsville Utilities. “It not only serves existing utility and municipal needs; it is a catalyst for innovative partners like DC BLOX, who provide cutting-edge solutions for Huntsville’s job creators. We are excited to watch as our infrastructure is paired with great services that make our community stronger.”

Businesses and government agencies and contractors in Huntsville are implementing increasingly distributed IT environments to cater to growing digital transformation needs, meet evolving customer demands and achieve a competitive advantage. To ensure success, many now require experienced partners that can provide the necessary infrastructure and expertise to rapidly connect local systems, private and public clouds, mobile apps, IoT devices, supply chain partners and a host of other platforms.

By connecting local businesses to DC BLOX’s high-speed, private regional network; secure and resilient data centers; and robust connectivity ecosystem, this new Metro Fiber Network allows agile and flexible access to critical infrastructure and enables global data transport through built-in carriers, Internet exchanges and public cloud providers.

DC BLOX is the only multi-tenant