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

Researchers Find Double-Digit Carrier Ethernet Growth

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Growth of Carrier Ethernet services will continue in coming years, with the number of ports expanding to surpass 3 million by 2018. That includes retail Ethernet services that offer speeds ranging from under 10 Mbps to over 10 Gbps, according to new market research from...Learn More

Connecticut Gigabit CTgig Project Could Impact Half of its Population

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Half of the people in Connecticut could have access to gigabit service as the result of a public/private initiative launched by a consortium of 46 cities in the state. The group has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking “information and dialogue with interested parties”...Learn More

Commerce Broadband Report: Competition Drops Off at Higher Speeds

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There’s more competition in U.S. broadband markets at lower speeds than at higher speeds, according to a new Commerce Department report – the first to analyze competition across the full range of Internet service speeds across the U.S. That asymmetry threatens to worsen the digital...Learn More

CEO: Charlottesville is Just the Beginning of Ting Gigabit Plans

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Add Ting Fiber to the list of companies planning gigabit networks. And add Charlottesville, Virginia to the list of cities slated to receive gigabit service – a market Ting Fiber plans to enter by purchasing 70% of fiber-to-the-home network operator Blue Ridge InternetWorks. Ting Fiber’s...Learn More

Behind Time Warner Cable/ Boingo Seamless Wi-Fi Roaming

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Time Warner Cable and Boingo have implemented what they said is the wireless industry’s first Passpoint roaming integration. Customers of either company will be able to seamlessly roam onto the other company’s Wi-Fi hotspots, with some caveats. Initially Time Warner Cable customers wanting to use Boingo...Learn More

Gigabit or GigaWhat? There is Work to Do Regarding Ultra-Broadband Services

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Many prevailing questions regarding the Gigabit services trend revolve around consumer perception and acceptance. Do prospective customers want Gigabit services? Do they really understand what Gigabit can do for them? What are they willing to pay for it? In partnership with Pivot Group, we recently...Learn More

GigaWhat? 87% of Internet Subscribers Are Unaware of Gigabit Internet

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PORTLAND, Ore. and COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — New research from Pivot Group and Telecompetitor offers compelling insight into consumer perspectives and perceptions regarding Gigabit Internet and other relevant broadband applications. With Gigabit Internet currently dominating the broadband industry, the “GigaWhat? U.S....Learn More

Cable Industry Preps Its Gigabit Future, DOCSIS 3.1 Interoperability Passes First Test

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The cable industry has watched the telco and municipal industry leverage the Gigabit Internet trend for great visibility and PR value. In some ways Gigabit and other FTTH products (Verizon FiOS for example) have skewed the perception of broadband speed king – a title that...Learn More

Hurricane Electric Expands to the Midwest

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Saint Louis, Missouri– December 16, 2014 –Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, today announced that it has added two new Points of Presence (PoP) at Digital Realty facilities located at 210 North Tucker Boulevard and 900 Walnut Street in Saint Louis, MO. The...Learn More

Report Finds Jump in Electronic Health Record Awareness

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Digitization of medical records and histories and making them accessible via the Internet is viewed as a means of enhancing health and medical care, as well as cutting costs – if carried out judiciously and with personal privacy and data security foremost in mind. As...Learn More

Study Finds 1.9 Connected TV Devices Per U.S. Home

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Americans’ ownership of connected TV devices grew 5 percent quarterly and 28 percent year-over-year (YoY) in 3Q 2014 to reach 168 million units, according to Strategy Analytics’ latest USA Connected TV Device Tracker. Researchers found nearly two (1.9) connected TV devices per U.S. home. That...Learn More

FCC: Connect America Fund Broadband Speed Target Raised to 10 Mbps

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Price cap carriers receiving money in Phase 2 of the Connect America Fund will have to deploy broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream  and 1 Mbps upstream to areas of their local service territories where broadband is not available today. The new...Learn More