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

Welcome Uniti Group Whose First Move is to Acquire Regional Carrier Hunt Telecom

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Hunt Telecom of Louisiana will become a part of Uniti Group, the new name of the former Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L). Uniti will pay $170 million for the regional fiber provider who specializes in the E-rate program, providing access to the K-12 vertical. Hunt...Learn More

FCC LTE-U Authorization Paves Way for T-Mobile Gigabit LTE

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The FCC said yesterday that it had authorized some LTE-U devices for use in unlicensed portions of the 5 GHz band. T-Mobile wasted no time in making its own announcement saying it is now deploying LTE-U in its network with the goal of having service...Learn More

Windstream Expands Metro Fiber Network in Dallas

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Feb 23, 2017 — DALLAS — Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Dallas. Windstream’s expansion will provide the area’s growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that...Learn More

ARRIS: Every Carrier Will Become a Wireless Provider, So We Bought Ruckus Wireless

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ARRIS and Broadcom jointly announced an agreement whereby the former will acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business from Broadcom subsidiary Brocade Communication System Inc. for $800 million in cash, as well as unvested employee stock awards. The deal is contingent upon Broadcom successfully completing...Learn More

Survey Finds Strong Interest in Service Provider Wi-Fi

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A new survey found strong interest in service provider Wi-Fi. Nearly 8 in 10 U.S. and U.K. consumers would rather their Internet service providers (ISPs) provide them with in-home Wi-Fi gear as opposed to buying it themselves, according to the market research, which comes from...Learn More

First Verizon 5G Markets Announced, Service Set to Roll by Mid 2017

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The first Verizon 5G markets were announced today, and the carrier says they hope to launch pre-standard 5G service by mid-year. Eleven markets were identified and Verizon will initially focus on fixed wireless broadband service to homes, with a ‘fiber replacement’ type service. The identified...Learn More

Report: 40.7 Million U.S. Mobile-Only Internet Users By Year-End

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The latest market data from eMarketer reveals that the number of Americans who access the Internet solely via desktop, laptop or other types of personal computers will shrink to 17.9 million this year, down from 20.3 million in 2016. The trend is fueling a rise...Learn More

Iowa Municipality Turns to Innovative Systems for IPTV

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February 20, 2017 — Muscatine Power and Water announced that it has selected Innovative Systems to provide the “middleware” that will power new customer features for video subscribers when MP&W converts the cable system to Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) later this year as part of...Learn More

Lumos Networks Acquisition is Latest Regional Fiber Network Grab

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A Lumos Networks acquisition by investment firm EQT highlights an ongoing land grab of sorts for regional fiber networks. EQT will buy Lumos Networks for $950 million in an all cash deal. Lumos Networks operates an 8,985 route mile fiber network in 24 markets across...Learn More

Huawei GigaHome Smart Home Networking Solution Launched

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Network operators are going to need a lot more bandwidth, and make more efficient use of it, if next-generation networking visions of smart homes, businesses, communities, and cities are to be realized. Eager to do their part, broadband access vendors are racing to introduce next-gen...Learn More

US Ignite Reverse Pitch Events Target Smart Gigabit Communities

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U.S. Ignite, the public-private partnership behind the nationwide Smart Gigabit Communities program, is taking a novel approach in a bid to spur development of next-generation Internet and Smart City technologies. Working with local partner organizations, the organization is sponsoring a series of US Ignite reverse...Learn More

Service Electric Cablevision Inc. and Adams Cable Adopt Alianza’s Cable VoIP 2.0 Solution

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Lindon, Utah — February 16, 2017 — Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that two independent cable operators and National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) members, Adams Cable and Service Electric Cablevision, have selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform for their next-generation cable VoIP solution. Over...Learn More