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Verizon Gigabit LTE Trial Breaks the Gigabit Speed Barrier

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Following a recent Verizon Gigabit LTE field test, Verizon announced a new speed breakthrough in a lab trial. Working with Ericsson and Qualcomm again, Verizon says they reached 1.07 Gbps download speed in this latest lab test. “These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the...Learn More

B-CROP Act Aims to Add $50M to RUS Rural Broadband Funding

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Two senators have announced the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program (B-CROP) Act, which would increase Rural Utilities Service funding for rural broadband by up to $50 million annually. Traditionally, RUS rural broadband funding has consisted only of low-interest loans, but the B-CROP Act calls...Learn More

LRG: U.S. Broadband Subscribers Rise by 230K in 2Q 2017, Cable Industry Now has 64% Market Share

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Cable MSOs were mostly up and the top telcos all were down in high-speed Internet subscriptions during the second quarter 2017. In all, the top 14 providers – companies that serve about 95 percent of the market – netted almost 230,000 new U.S. broadband subscribers,...Learn More

Pole Attachment Ruling Upholds One Touch Make Ready, A (Temporary?) Win for Google Fiber

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A federal judge has upheld a Louisville “One Touch Make Ready” law that allows a communications service provider to hire a contractor to move another service provider’s equipment when installing new equipment on a utility pole. The pole attachment ruling came in response to a...Learn More

CenturyLink 10G PON Field Trial Points to a Virtualized Broadband Access Future

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As CenturyLink plots their FTTP broadband access future, the company has plans to use a virtualized 10G PON approach, said Frank Miller, CenturyLink vice president of access, in an interview with Telecompetitor. Rather than using a “monolithic” optical line terminal (OLT), CenturyLink 10G PON will...Learn More

Mid-Rivers Usage-Based Broadband Improves Customer Satisfaction, Take Rates

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Montana-based broadband provider Mid-Rivers Communications has taken a contrarian approach to broadband pricing, adopting a usage-based rather than a speed-tier approach. The change to usage-based broadband has increased customer satisfaction and take rates – and while margins initially dropped, profitability was back to its previous...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Speed Upgraded, Out-of-Home Wi-Fi Added

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Comcast Corp. has upgraded its Internet Essentials program, which has provided discounted broadband to 1 million low-income households with more than 4 million residents, according to the company. Upgrades include an increase in Comcast Internet Essentials speed and the addition of out-of-home Wi-Fi. “When we...Learn More

CTO: 50 Trillion GBs of Data is Driving CenturyLink Network Transformation

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CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain offered a vision of the ongoing CenturyLink network transformation at ADTRAN’s Broadband Solutions Summit this morning in Huntsville, Alabama. Hussain offered a common theme present in today’s broadband carrier circles – the need for carriers like CenturyLink to transform not only...Learn More

Verizon Next Generation Broadband Strategy: We’ll Pass on G.fast and Stick With FTTP

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Speaking at ADTRAN’s Broadband Solutions Summit this morning in Huntsville, Alabama, Verizon’s Director of Network Planning Vincent O’Byrne outlined a Verizon next generation broadband strategy. That strategy is heavily focused on NG-PON2. It apparently will not include G.fast. “We have no strategy for G.Fast,” O’Byrne...Learn More

Altice FTTH to Reach 1 Million Homes by Late 2018

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Altice USA says that it has begun design and construction of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure to several hundred thousand homes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and that it is on track to provide Altice FTTH connectivity to  a million homes by the end of...Learn More

Spirit Communications Acquired as EQT Fiber Investment Continues

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Just a few months after global investment firm EQT Partners announced plans to purchase fiber network operator Lumos Networks, EQT fiber investment continued today with the announcement of another U.S. fiber network deal. EQT said it would purchase a majority stake in Spirit Communications, a...Learn More

CEO: Uniti Group Seeks Partners for Fiber Asset Purchases

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Uniti Group, the real estate investment trust (REIT) spun off from Windstream several years ago, is exploring the purchase of fiber assets through partnerships with other companies and has seen “substantial interest” from potential partners, said Kenny Gunderman, Uniti Group CEO at a financial conference...Learn More

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