October 18, 2021
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Broadcom, MediaTek, Qualcomm and other chip vendors are anticipating strong demand next year for Wi-Fi 6/6E chips, industry sources say. Those chips will be going into 5G infrastructure, desktop computers, notebooks, routers, televisions and industrial control systems.
Full Story: DigiTimes (10/15) 
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The Latest from Washington
US to field team in international security contest
The US is trying to enhance cybersecurity training by using the framework of esports and will send a team of 25 to the first International Cybersecurity Challenge, to be held in Greece in June. The participants range in age from 18 to 26 and will be competing for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, a US National Institute of Standards and Technology program.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/15) 
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The Federal Communications Commission needs full staff and a permanent chair to make meaningful progress toward universal broadband, say various advocacy group and think tank members. Former FCC Chief of Staff Blair Levin notes that a permanent leader provides greater motivation to the FCC's employees.
Full Story: Light Reading (10/15) 
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Business, Strategies and Access
California broadband provider South Valley Internet recently began offering fixed wireless access with symmetrical gigabit service to businesses. The company, which plans tests in residential markets, is using technology from Adtran for point-to-point FWA where fiber would not have been cost-effective.
Full Story: Telecompetitor (10/15) 
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Microsoft offers 5G routing, transport services
Microsoft's Azure for Operators business now provides worldwide routing and traffic transport to companies running 5G wireless networks. The software giant's undersea cable systems and lit fiber networks, which Azure for Operators uses, cover 175,000 miles and serve 200 points of presence.
Full Story: Light Reading (10/14) 
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Louisiana officials are aiming to expand high-speed internet in rural areas with their new program, Granting Unserved Municipalities Broadband Opportunities, which will distribute $177 million in American Rescue Plan Act money. "Our focus really is to incentivize those companies who will build their fiber optics to the home itself or some sort of combination of fixed wireless and fiber that will generate substantially greater speeds," says Louisiana Executive Director of Broadband and Connectivity Veneeth Iyengar.
Full Story: WGNO-TV (New Orleans) (10/15) 
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Seven of eight published studies comparing telehealth with in-person addiction treatment found telehealth noninferior, and one associated telehealth with better patient retention in methadone medication management programs, according to a review in Psychiatric Services. An online survey and interviews found addiction treatment specialists see some advantages to telehealth, but the majority believe telehealth group counseling is less effective than in-person counseling.
Full Story: HealthDay News (10/14) 
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Omdia predicts the SD-WAN market will reach $5.5 billion in 2025, a $100 million increase from its previous forecast in June. The worldwide SD-WAN product market totaled $844 million during the second quarter of this year, an increase of more than 30% from a year earlier, according to the market research firm.
Full Story: Light Reading (10/15) 
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