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Biography for Matt Daneman

Matt Daneman, Senior Editor, covers pay TV, cable broadband, satellite, and video issues and the Federal Communications Commission for Communications Daily. He joined Warren Communications in 2015 after more than 15 years at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, where he covered business among other issues. He also was a correspondent for USA Today. You can follow Daneman on Twitter: @mdaneman

Recent Articles by Matt Daneman

States are holding off on putting numbers on paper as to what their extremely high-cost per location thresholds are in the broadband equity, access and deployment program, with many states saying their threshold numbers won't come until after they see subgrantee bids. That per interviews and our analysis of BEAD draft initial proposals filed thus far with NTIA. Those threshold numbers likely will differ substantially from state to state, some deployment experts tell us. The threshold number will serve as the tipping point where states can consider non-fiber bids, as beyond that threshold amount fiber is too expensive.Read More >>

Charter Communications is warning some states that it won't be interested in broadband equity, access and deployment (BEAD) program opportunities there. States that closely follow NTIA proposed guidelines regarding internet tiers, pricing and labor practices "just won't be attractive states for us to bid in," CEO Chris Winfrey said Friday as the company announced Q3 financial results. He said Charter "will focus our investments in the states that allow us to retain flexibility to run the business, properly respond to market demand and ultimately earn a healthy return."Read More >>

Draft digital discrimination rules to be voted on at the FCC's November meeting address both intentionally discriminatory conduct and conduct that produces discriminatory effects, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said Tuesday at the annual United Church of Christ (UCC) Parker Lecture in Washington. The agency has seen disagreements among interested parties about using discriminatory intent vs. discriminatory impact when defining digital discrimination (see 2302220045). Rosenworcel said Tuesday the draft rules create a specific path for lodging digital discrimination complaints. She said the item also seeks comment on reporting requirements regarding new deployments, upgrades and maintenance projects, with the aim being the removal of what could lead to impediments to equal broadband access.Read More >>

States' broadband equity, access and deployment (BEAD) program initial proposals before NTIA show varied levels of openness to satellite broadband and fixed wireless. Some states specifically say they will entertain satellite or FW as broadband delivery options in extremely high-cost areas, but others say satellite and FW won't be eligible under any circumstances, according to BEAD initial proposal second volumes filed with NTIA. That volume covers states' selection processes for deciding what ISPs will be subgrantees of BEAD funding.Read More >>