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

FCC Preempts Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation

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As expected, the Federal Communications Commission today voted to preempt state laws restricting community broadband in North Carolina and Tennessee. The decision came in the form of an order adopted at today’s FCC meeting, with the commission’s three Democratic commissioners supporting the decision and the...Learn More

New Net Neutrality Rules Adopted by FCC, New Broadband Rules Result

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The Federal Communications Commission sought to put a human face on Net Neutrality at today’s monthly meeting, where the commission adopted an order re-imposing Net Neutrality rules and reclassifying both mobile and landline broadband as telecommunications services. “Today’s FCC action is about consumer rights, free...Learn More

Frontier TiVo Deal Features OTT, Helps Blur the Lines Between Broadband and TV

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Broadband service providers continue to look for ways to leverage TV and video services, blurring the traditional lines of what it means to be a TV provider. A combination of the growing availability of compelling content via OTT delivery and faster video enabling broadband services...Learn More

Huawei/ Far Lane Deal Targets Rural Broadband

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A telecom veteran who has considerable experience in rural deployments has started a company to pursue opportunities to serve smaller operators deploying broadband. The company, known as Far Lane, is headed up by Bill Macfarlane, whose experience includes operating the Western Independent Networks fiber network...Learn More

Fidelity Communications Brings 1 Gig Internet Speeds to Benton Subdivision

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Benton, AR, February 23, 2015—Fiber to the Home (FTTH) is the undisputed leader in Internet technology today, and Fidelity Communications is now offering it in a subdivision in Benton, AR. FTTH is the only way to provide virtually unlimited bandwidth to consumers and businesses, enabling...Learn More

Group to Pursue Bluetooth Mesh Standard

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Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) intends to spur innovation in smart home networking with the launch of a new working group whose primary aim is to “build the architecture for standardized mesh networking capability for Bluetooth Smart technology,” Bluetooth SIG announced February 24. With more...Learn More

MegaPath Sells Managed Service Business to Focus on Cloud

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Pleasanton, Calif. – February 19, 2015 – MegaPath Corporation, one of the leading providers of voice, data, security and cloud services in North America, today announces that the company is selling its managed services business division to GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), a leading global...Learn More

Minnesota Gains 10-Gigabit Broadband for Schools from Telco Group

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Schools throughout a large part of northwestern Minnesota will be getting 10 gigabit broadband as the result of a cooperative effort between a school district consortium and a consortium of 18 small local telecom service providers. The initiative builds on a 13-year relationship between the...Learn More

J.D. Power: Sales Reps Add to Tablet Purchase Satisfaction

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Sales reps play a key role in enhancing customer satisfaction with tablet purchases, according to J.D. Power Associates’ latest semi-annual studies of the wireless purchase experience. Satisfaction with the wireless purchase experience was higher for tablet as compared to smartphone owners. On a 1,000-point scale,...Learn More

FairPoint to Open New Data Center in Manchester, NH

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Feb. 19, 2015  — FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England, today announced plans to open a new data center in Manchester, N.H. FairPoint opened its first data center in Laconia, N.H., in...Learn More

INS Expands Fiber Network

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DES MOINES, IA — (February 19, 2015) – While recent announcements from President Obama and Iowa Governor Branstad have garnered attention to the importance of broadband expansion, Iowa Network Services (INS) has pioneered efforts to provide communication services to Iowa communities to promote the growth...Learn More

Frontier Completes Network Upgrades

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Pullman, Wash., February 17, 2015 – Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) today announced completion of the first phase of its upgraded broadband network in East Washington and North Idaho. The upgrade doubles the available bandwidth, enables faster broadband speeds and provides multi-path routes for both commercial...Learn More