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

AT&T Fiber Expansion Continues with 50 New Communities Across 17 Markets

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The race is on to achieve 12.5 million locations across 67 markets by 2019, which are the stated goals for AT&T fiber expansion. AT&T announced that 50 additional communities now have access to their gigabit capable fiber service, expanding their reach in 17 existing metro...Learn More

TDS managedIP Footprint to Expand, Sees Great Opportunity in Acquired Cable Markets

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An announced TDS managedIP footprint expansion will bring the hosted VoIP service to businesses in 80 new communities, which are served through cable properties acquired by TDS over the years. The properties are located in several states, including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas...Learn More

Windstream Expands Metro Fiber Network in Little Rock

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Mar 22, 2017 —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Little Rock. Windstream’s expansion will provide the area’s growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless...Learn More

CenturyLink Execs: Central Office Virtualization Begins with DSL Delivery

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CenturyLink has big plans for central office virtualization, and the first place the company is implementing those plans involves DSL service delivery, as news announced today illustrates. The company said it was the first carrier to use its own virtualized broadband network gateway (vBNG) based...Learn More

1 Gigabit Internet Speed Now Available in Massachusetts from RCN

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BOSTON, MA – March 20, 2017 – RCN Boston, a leading provider of Internet, digital TV and phone services announced today the launching of 1 Gigabit Internet speed service for only $69.99 per month. The 1 Gigabit service also comes with no contract required, easy...Learn More

AT&T 400 GbE Field Trial Completed

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AT&T announced that it completed a field trial of a 400 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connection between New York and Washington, D.C. The AT&T 400 GbE connection carried live data between the two cities. Simulating a network failure, automated network software controls automatically rerouted the live...Learn More

West Virginia Broadband Bill Aims to Spark Competition, Encouraging Community Broadband and Co-Ops

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A West Virginia Broadband Bill introduced in the state house of representatives aims to spur broadband competition and deployment by allowing local communities to form cooperatives to build broadband networks. House Bill 3093 also would re-establish a state broadband enhancement council charged with collecting data...Learn More

Uniti Fiber Announces Multimillion-dollar Dark Fiber Expansion

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SHREVEPORT, La., March 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Uniti Fiber, a leading provider of communication infrastructure solutions for the telecommunication industry, announced today an expansion of network capabilities in the Shreveport – Bossier City region – greatly enriching communication infrastructure resources in the market to...Learn More

FCC Chairman Pai: Any Infrastructure Bill Should Include Broadband Funding via USF

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As rural telcos face a shortfall of as much as $2.1 billion in the Universal Service program, the solution may involve tapping a funding source that is common for other government initiatives but not for telecom: Congress is considering an infrastructure bill that could include...Learn More

ACA & NTCA Call Foul on Charter Overbuild Conditions for One Million Broadband Locations

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The American Cable Association (ACA) and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association are not giving up on their opposition to an FCC decision last year that calls for Charter to overbuild one million locations that already have broadband service available to them at speeds of...Learn More

TDG: Pay-TV Decline Pegged to Broadband Household Growth

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New research from TDG highlights the relationship between broadband growth and pay-TV decline. Just over 1 in 5 broadband households (22%) have no legacy pay-TV subscription, representing roughly 22 million homes, according to TDG. TDG points to this pay-TV decline in the context of broadband...Learn More

FirstLight Sovernet Deal Completed, Augmenting Northeast Fiber Network

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Oak Hill Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of Sovernet Communications and has merged the Northeast regional fiber network company’s operations into FirstLight Fiber, Oak Hill’s flagship Northeast-region fiber network operator. The FirstLight Sovernet deal adds some 3,300 fiber route miles in New York and...Learn More