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

Alabama Cable Company to Offer Gigabit Service

April 23, 2015 — HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced a new addition to its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program. Troy Cable has selected ADTRAN’s advanced Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) portfolio for its Gigabit Internet Service offering for...Learn More

Internet of Things Tech Support: Parks Sees Opportunities

Consumers are installing more and more in the way of smart home devices, as well as entertainment and computing devices, and many of them are installing them themselves, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Researchers also found that the trend of installing and...Learn More

Ritter/Fidelity Regional Fiber Network Eliminates Internet Middlemen

A new regional fiber network built by two small local telcos not only will bring higher-speed connectivity to communities in six states. It also should enhance users’ Internet experience in another way: It will minimize the number of carriers underlying users’ end-to-end Internet connection, which...Learn More

Another Rural Gigabit Deployment: Montana’s Nemont

Montana-based rural telco Nemont has joined the gigabit club, announcing this week that it is launching service in Scobey, Montana. In a press release, the company said the ultra-high-speed service is available to businesses and residences that already have fiber to the premises, suggesting that...Learn More

Wheeler: FCC Will Tackle Rate-of-Return CAF Program This Year

The FCC has committed to “taking action” on a broadband Connect America Fund program for the nation’s smaller rate-of-return carriers by the end of the year, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a blog post Friday. To further that goal, the commission has met with...Learn More

Comcast Gigabit Footprint Begins to Grow

Before the first Comcast gig customer can sign up in Atlanta, their first announced Gigabit Pro market, the Comcast Gigabit footprint is already beginning to grow. Comcast officially announced the south Florida market as next in line for their 2 Gigabit service. The Bay Area...Learn More

AT&T Launches Gigabit to Parts of Chicago

CHICAGO, April 20, 2015 – Imagine downloading 25 songs in less than one second, or before you can even crank up the volume. Imagine loading your favorite HD movie in less than 36 seconds, a fraction of the time it takes to pick which movie...Learn More

UETN/ CenturyLink Deal: Big Education Win Yields Gigabit Spillover Benefits

CenturyLink yesterday announced a big win, gaining the contract to provide Carrier Ethernet service at speeds up to 100 Gbps to 832 schools and educational locations connected to the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN). But it was actually an even bigger win than those...Learn More

Residential Gigabit Drives Wi-Fi Advances in Home Network Hubs

An announcement today from Alcatel-Lucent reminds us of a new problem that has arisen as more and more customers use residential broadband at speeds up to a gigabit per second: The customer’s Wi-Fi connection can become a new network bottleneck. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the problem...Learn More

UNH-IOL Expands Home Networking Consortium

April 20, 2015 — DURHAM, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, announced today the expansion of the Home Networking Consortium (HNC). HNC is now providing the broadband and...Learn More

CenturyLink Adds Another Gigabit Market

April 15, 2015 — LA CROSSE, Wis. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) are now available to residential and small business customers in select locations in La Crosse through its ultra-fast fiber optic...Learn More

Municipal Broadband: Signs of Desperation?

There is a spirited debate within the broadband industry regarding the growing number of municipal governments and/or utilities getting into the broadband access business. There are passionate arguments with legitimate concerns on both sides of this debate. To get a better understanding of this issue,...Learn More