High-Speed Internet Lines to Surge in Europe as Virus Boosts Demand: Study | Technology News

MILAN (Reuters) – The number of high speed fibre optic broadband lines in Europe is expected to more than double over the next six years from last year’s levels as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates demand for faster internet services, a study showed on Thursday.

High speed fibre will pass 202 million houses in the European Union and Britain by 2026, up from 88.1 million in 2019, according to a joint report by consultancy firm IDATE and industry group FTTH Council Europe.

Houses passed is an industry term meaning the potential number of premises a service provider could connect to high-speed fibre optic broadband.

Germany, Britain and Italy are among countries expected to experience significant growth in the number of homes passed in 2026 compared to 2019, with Germany expected to see 730% growth, Britain 548% and Italy 218%.

According to the forecasts, the number of subscribers in the EU and

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Contractor on failed high-speed internet project violated customers’ privacy, City of Morden alleges



a close up of a person using a laptop computer: A contractor is suing the City of Morden over the failed Morenet project to provide high-speed internet to residents. In a countersuit, the city alleges he breached his agreement by 'conducting unauthorized surveillance and monitoring of internet traffic through Morenet,' and violated the privacy of customers.


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A contractor is suing the City of Morden over the failed Morenet project to provide high-speed internet to residents. In a countersuit, the city alleges he breached his agreement by ‘conducting unauthorized surveillance and monitoring of internet traffic through Morenet,’ and violated the privacy of customers.

A contractor hired to develop high-speed internet service for a southern Manitoba community violated customers’ privacy by installing “unauthorized surveillance and monitoring software,” the City of Morden alleges in court documents.

The allegation is made in a counterclaim filed by the city in October, in response to a lawsuit by Sergii Polishchuk and a former Morden city engineer over the cancelled Morenet project.

The counterclaim alleges Polishchuk not only failed to develop the internet service, but also carried out inappropriate surveillance activities under both the Morenet agreement and a separate agreement he had to provide IT services to the city.

Polishchuk, with

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High-speed broadband internet emerges as critical quality of life issue in Alabama

After wrestling with a public health emergency over the past months, Alabama consumers and businesses have learned that good, high quality and fast broadband internet is a necessity, not a luxury.



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Hu Meena is CEO of C Spire.

The need for a comprehensive statewide plan to provide high-speed, fiber-fed broadband internet connectivity to every Alabamian has never been more evident.

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As hundreds of thousands of the state’s schoolchildren and their parents grapple with adapting to online learning during the current COVID-19 pandemic, many struggle with limited choices or slow and non-existent service. Some rural Alabama school systems have even been forced to deploy school buses to provide mobile wi-fi hotspots for students.

Business owners and employees have encountered similar frustrations as they transition to remote work at home. Slow speeds or non-existent connectivity cause diminished productivity.

Alabama’s economic future depends on solving this digital divide

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Trudeau promises to connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed internet in the next few years

The Liberal government is promising to spend more than a billion dollars to connect most Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026.

The announcement comes as more Canadians find themselves living online while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday his plan to launch the $1.75-billion universal broadband fund to build infrastructure across the country, mainly in rural and remote communities. One billion of that was previously announced in the 2019 federal budget.

The prime minister said the government has also reached a $600-million agreement with Telesat for satellite capacity to improve broadband in remote areas and in the North.

“Today’s investment puts us on track to get 98 per cent of Canadians connected to high-speed internet in the next few years, and everyone connected a few years after that,” he said during a briefing in Ottawa. 

“These are ambitious targets, and we’re ready to

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Trudeau adds $750 million to Universal Broadband Fund to connect more Canadians with high-speed internet

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a press conference during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Justin Trudeau announced an additional $750 million of funding to the Universal Broadband Fund to help connect Canadians to high-speed internet across the country.

The investment aims to connect 98 per cent of Canadians by 2026, with a goal to connect 100 per cent by 2030, a press release said. 

The additional fund will top up the $1 billion announced in last year’s budget, it said, adding that this will “help advance projects with partners, like the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB).”

The government announced an additional $1 billion through the CIB in October to help fund projects that will connect Canadians. Experts have said that with so many different funding streams to connect Canadians, the government will have a challenging time coordinating between different departments to roll out funding for projects. 

Today’s funds include $150 million Rapid Response Stream, with an accelerated application process to allow “shovel-ready projects

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How High-Speed Internet Saved Comcast’s Dividend During the Pandemic

Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) isn’t exactly a beloved company among consumers, but it’s doing just fine. High-speed internet is a staple, and migration to better web service has picked up in earnest during the pandemic this year. That has helped bridge what would otherwise have been a disaster for the media empire — and made this a solid dividend stock still worth owning.

A cruel, cruel summer

The summer months are an important stretch for media companies, and Comcast in particular was poised to have an especially busy one this year. But with its theme parks mostly idled, the Summer Olympics and other sporting events postponed, and new feature film releases pushed back on the calendar, Comcast had anything but a banner third quarter in 2020. Revenue fell 5% year over year to $25.5 billion, and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) fell 11% to $7.6 billion.  

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Comcast nets record high-speed internet adds, has nearly 22 million Peacock sign-ups

  • Comcast earnings beat analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines.
  • It said NBCUniversal’s Peacock now has nearly 22 million sign-ups.
  • The company had its best quarterly customer results in its history for broadband in the quarter, though theme parks suffered more during pandemic-related closures and restrictions.

Comcast Q3 earnings beat analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines

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Comcast on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines. 

Comcast also reported better-than-expected net customer additions for high-speed internet service and further growth to its new streaming service, Peacock.

The stock was positive during premarket trading but pared gains and was up more than half a percent after markets opened.

Here are the key numbers:

  • Earnings per share: 65 cents, adjusted vs. 52 cents expected, according to Refinitiv survey of analysts
  • Revenue: $25.53 billion vs. $24.74 billion expected, according
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SpaceX is on a stunning streak with Starlink, Elon Musk’s plan to bathe Earth in high-speed internet. But the scheme isn’t without big snags.



a sunset over a body of water: SpaceX founder Elon Musk has called Starlink user terminals, which are designed to connect to the internet via a fleet of orbiting satellites, "UFOs on a stick." Ashish Sharma/SpaceX


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SpaceX founder Elon Musk has called Starlink user terminals, which are designed to connect to the internet via a fleet of orbiting satellites, “UFOs on a stick.” Ashish Sharma/SpaceX

  • SpaceX has rocketed nearly 900 Starlink satellites into orbit to build a high-speed internet service.
  • Elon Musk, the company’s founder, says Starlink will soon open for a public beta, followed by paid US service shortly thereafter.
  • Early results are promising, with high speeds and low latencies. SpaceX even gave Starlink terminals to Washington State emergency responders and the Hoh Tribe, which both lauded the technology.
  • Starlink also got FCC approval to bid for $20.4 billion in subsidies, is close to being licensed in Canada and Australia, and has won multiple US military contracts.
  • But Starlink faces significant challenges in terms of the network’s capacity, effects on astronomy, and creation of space debris. 
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India extends high-speed internet ban in Kashmir | Kashmir

Government in the disputed region says restrictions ‘absolutely necessary in the interest of Indian sovereignty’.

The government in Indian-administered Kashmir has extended its ban on high-speed internet in 18 of 20 districts of the disputed region until November 12.

In an order issued on Wednesday evening, the administration in the federal territory said the restrictions on high-speed internet were “felt absolutely necessary in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India”.

High-speed internet in the Himalayan region had been cut off since last August, when India revoked the semi-autonomous status of the Jammu and Kashmir state, divided it into two federally ruled territories and imposed a complete lockdown and communications blackout.

The order said security agencies “apprehended that anti-national elements might misuse” high-speed connections “for carrying out activities inimical to the public order besides persuading the youths to join militancy”.

Although some of the communications restrictions have been removed

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Elon Musk: Yes, SpaceX’s Starlink internet will even work on high-speed transportation

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed one more scenario where Starlink could be used to deliver its satellite broadband other than homes: on high-speed trains across the globe.

Sweden-based data scientist Anton Kanerva asked Musk via Twitter whether Starlink satellite dishes could be fitted to high-speed trains to deliver reliable broadband in remote areas. 

It’s a relevant question for Sweden, which has train connections between most major cities but vast tracts between them where mobile coverage is spotty. Indeed, it’s a relevant question for many of Europe’s intercity rail networks and rail networks across North America. 

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“Will Starlink dishes be deployable on high-speed moving objects like trains?” Kanerva asked Musk on Twitter. “It would be incredible if trains moving through the middle of nowhere finally could have stable high-speed internet connections.”

Starlink for rail networks would be no problem, according to Musk. “Yes.

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