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Atlantic Broadband Now Breezeline, Emergency Connectivity Fund Money, CCIA Criticizes Online Marketplace Bill: Broadband Breakfast

Jan. 11, 2022 — Following expansion and acquisition efforts, Atlantic Broadband has rebranded itself as Breezeline, according to a company press release on Monday.

In September, the company acquired two cable systems in Ohio, expanding its footprint further west than it had previously been.

“We’re not just an east coast supplier anymore,” President of Breezeline Franck van der Post said in the press release. “So our identity has to evolve with us.”

The company also announced fiber-to-the-home projects in New Hampshire and West Virginia, covering a total of 70,000 homes and businesses. Additionally, Breezeline also announced “a cloud-based, web-powered video experience” called Breezeline Stream TV, which will roll out sometime in 2022.

FCC announces more money from the Connectivity Emergency Fund

The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that it has committed more than $360 million in emergency funds in its latest round of disbursements that improve connectivity for schools and libraries.

The money will go to 49 libraries and 8 additional institutions, with beneficiaries, including over 700,000 children, receiving over 650,000 internet-enabled devices and 313,000 broadband connections.

The latest round brings the committed amount of the Connectivity Emergency Fund to $4.2 billion since June 2021.

“The Connectivity Emergency Fund is the single largest effort to close the homework divide by bringing connectivity and devices to students and library patrons,” the FCC Chair said. Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement Monday. “The need for this support is evident in rural and urban America and I am pleased to note that with this funding we are supporting communities stretching from Aniak, Alaska to New York.”

To date, ECF funding has gone to 9,800 schools, 800 libraries and 100 other eligible organizations. The funding in question is earmarked for devices and technology to better enable remote and home-based learning as students continue to weather the Covid-19 pandemic.

CCIA Criticizes American Innovation and Choice Online Act Committee Markup

The nonprofit trade association, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, released a statement Tuesday on amendments to a bill targeting discriminatory practices in online marketplaces, saying it excluded certain companies.

The CCIA, which includes members of the biggest tech companies including Facebook, Google and Amazon, said the bill introduced by the Senate Judiciary Committee “represents a departure from the market-driven principles that have characterized the US economic policy” and would “severely impact US economic leadership, and reduce the ability of consumers to take advantage of free digital services, and potentially endanger US user data and national security.

Bill would unfairly target only a few companies, CCIA chairman says matt schruer, stating that “this bill singles out a handful of successful American companies, picking winners and losers, at a time when consumers are frustrated with higher prices and fewer options in other segments of the industry. economy”.

“Not only is this Senate mate bad policy, but it doubles down on a segment of Congress that has made it its intention to bust tech companies, while consumers are not asking for Congressional intervention in these matters,” said Arthur Sydney, vice president of public policy at the CCIA.