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All things broadband — our latest coverage regarding news, trends, developments, and implications for the broadband ecosystem.

Paul Bunyan Gigabit Service to Launch in Early 2015

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Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan Communications is the latest rural telco to announce gigabit network plans. The company already has begun the deployment and expects to begin offering service in some of its service territory in early 2015, said Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor Brian Bissonette in...Learn More

Ovum: Global LTE Subscriptions Reach 250 Million

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The number of LTE mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide reached the 250-million milestone in 1Q 2014, according to an update from Ovum’s World Cellular Data Metrics. The U.S. is the world’s largest LTE market, according to the latest data, with Verizon Wireless and AT&T – the...Learn More

Report, Stakeholders Tout Gigabit Economic Benefits

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Communities that have had wide availability of gigabit service since 2011 or earlier have a one percent higher gross domestic product (GDP) than similar size communities that have little or no gigabit service available, according to a report from consulting firm Analysis Group. Although that...Learn More

Will New AT&T Business Fiber Push Help Clarify Google Fiber Business Services Plans?

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AT&T announced today a renewed focus on business class services with AT&T Business Fiber, which will use fiber-to-the-building technology to offer symmetrical broadband speeds of 25 Mbps to 300 Mbps. Eventually, AT&T Business Fiber will offer speeds of up to 1 Gbps. AT&T Business Fiber...Learn More

Google/ liNKCity Deal Helped Support Free Gigabit for North Kansas City

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A plan to offer free gigabit service over the liNKCity network in North Kansas City might never have come to pass were it not for Google Fiber – even though Google has no involvement in ownership or operation of the network. North Kansas City’s city...Learn More

Atlantic Broadband Gigabit Service Launched

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Another cable company has joined the gigabit network club. Atlantic Broadband said today that it has begun delivering gigabit service in parts of its Miami serving area. Atlantic Broadband’s gigabit offering initially is available to residents of Indian Creek Village, but the cableco said it...Learn More

City of Santa Clara Offers Google Fiber Update

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sept. 16, 2014 – The City of Santa Clara and Google are entering the second phase of planning to determine if and when Google will bring affordable ultra high-speed Internet connectivity to neighborhoods. The first phase of preparation involved numerous meetings...Learn More

ViaWest/ Consolidated Deal Supports Consolidated Dallas Business Push

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Consolidated Communications has reached a partnership agreement with data center operator ViaWest to resell services delivered from a ViaWest data center in Dallas. The move represents another element of Consolidated’s push into the Dallas business market begun last year. “We continue to see demand grow...Learn More

ZTE Leads Next Generation PON Development

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15 September 2014, Las Vegas, USA – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), today announced that the industry’s first ASIC based XG-PON1 (10 Gigabits per second passive optical network) solution has been launched this year, and the...Learn More

FCC: E-Rate Reforms Could Bring Wi-Fi to Every Student in Five Years

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The FCC estimates that 10.5 million students per year could gain Internet connectivity inside their schools if the commission moves ahead with E-Rate reforms outlined in July. Within five years, all U.S. schools would have internal Internet connectivity, the FCC says. The E-Rate program is...Learn More

Mobile Vs. Wired Broadband Speeds: A Reversal Ahead?

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Mobile substitution has been a nightmare for fixed network service providers, the chief case in point being consumer purchases of “voice services.” In many markets, including the United States, consumers simply are abandoning use of fixed network voice, in favor of mobile calling. At the...Learn More

Innovative Systems Enters Growing Broadband TV Market with Streaming TV Platform

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Broadband TV is on the rise and a growing number of vendors are now taking notice. South Dakota based software developer Innovative Systems (IS) is the latest example, with the launch of their Streaming TV platform. Broadband TV is broadband Internet delivered TV channels that...Learn More