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

Uncertain Demand for Gigabit Driven by Uncertain Cost to Supply

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In some ways, gigabit Internet access is a “tomorrow” issue for many of the world’s Internet service providers, as it might well be for many providers of Internet access in rural areas of the United States. Global average connection speeds were 4.6 Mbps in the...Learn More

Cox Communications Extends Gigabit Speeds to Virginia

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CHESAPEAKE, Va., Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cox Communications today announced that its gigabit internet service for residential customers is coming to Virginia. The company will offer speeds 100 times faster than the average speed in the U.S. today. Cox is the first national communications...Learn More

NTCA Members Convene With White House Rural Council

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Arlington, Va. (October 28, 2014)-Dozens of members of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association were invited to the White House Executive Office Building today for an event hosted by the White House Rural Council. The event, titled “White House Rural Council: Convening With NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association,”...Learn More

Telecom Industry Gets Serious About G.fast

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At least two North American service providers are very interested in using G.fast technology to dramatically boost the bandwidth that can be delivered over existing copper pair phone wiring, according to a source who should have a good handle on this – Lincoln Lavoie, senior...Learn More

TDG: Adult Broadband Consumers Without Pay TV Hits 14%

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Legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline even as residential U.S. broadband penetration is poised to exceed 100 million, according to new market research from TDG (The Diffusion Group). For the first time, the number of U.S. home broadband subscriptions will surpass...Learn More

TDS Finishes Second to Last Stimulus Project

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October 27, 2014 – TDS Telecom (TDS®) announces its broadband Internet project in Bois Blanc Island, Mich. is now complete. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded project makes high-speed Internet accessible to more businesses and nearly 300 area residents. Earlier this month, TDS...Learn More

Frontier Gigabit Service Launches in Durham, N.C.

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Updated After a service provider announces plans for gigabit service for a city, it usually doesn’t take long before another service provider announces plans for ultra-high-speed service, in some cases pre-empting the first announced company by launching service first. An example of this phenomenon came...Learn More

LRG: U.S. Broadband Penetration Rises to 79% of Households, Smartphone Role Increasing

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Broadband penetration among U.S. households continued to rise in 2014, according to a new consumer study from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). Seventy-nine percent of U.S. households now receive broadband Internet service at home, up from 20 percent in 2004, according to LRG’s “Broadband Internet Access...Learn More

AT&T Sale of Connecticut Lines to Frontier Completed

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October 24, 2014 — STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) today announced completion of its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T Inc.’s (NYSE: T) wireline business, statewide fiber network, and U-verse operations in Connecticut. As part of the acquisition, Frontier also acquired AT&T’s DISH satellite TV...Learn More

AVG: IoT Revenue Opportunities Seen by 71% of MSPs

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Two-thirds of managed services provider (MSPs) and over half (57 percent) of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) believe the Internet of Things (IoT) will boost their revenues. Just 18 percent of SMBs thought their IT provider “was ahead of the curve regarding IoT management,” according...Learn More

NISC: Time Has Never Been Better for Telecom and Power Utility Industries to Partner

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Broadband and IP networks have transformed the telecom industry and that same impact is now being felt with the electric power industry as well. Power utility companies are embracing the trend thanks to new technologies like the smart grid and “virtualizing power.” Many electric utilities...Learn More

USDA Broadband Loan and Grant Recipients Announced

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that it has awarded $190.5 million in broadband grants and loans to 19 communications service providers for projects in 25 states. The USDA makes low-interest loans to rural telephone companies through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan program, which was initially...Learn More