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

IHS: Cable Migration to DOCSIS 3.1, Distributed Access is Well Under Way

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Decentralization is a concept that has gained credence, proponents and adherents as it has spread, providing the basis for strategic plans across a wide range of industries, including cable and telecoms. Digital information and communications systems architectures continue evolving, in turn providing the basis for...Learn More

Iowa Communications Network Partners With CenturyLink for Hosted UC

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MONROE, La. and DES MOINES, Iowa, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Iowa Communications Network (ICN) today announced that ICN added CenturyLink’s unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) solutions to its product portfolio. ICN is the State of Iowa government agency that operates a fiber...Learn More

Chattanooga Gigabit: EPB Looking at Next-Gen PON

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EPB, the first U.S. company to broadly deploy gigabit service residentially, has put any plans to expand service outside its electric utility service territory on hold, said Danna Bailey, EPB vice president of corporate communications, at a press event at the company headquarters in Chattanooga...Learn More

Verizon Goes OTT with HBO Now

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Verizon just became the largest broadband provider to offer HBO’s OTT channel HBO NOW. Verizon’s broadband subscribers can access the OTT channel immediately, and some version of it will soon be made available to Verizon’s 100 million wireless subscribers. The move illustrates the rapidly evolving...Learn More

Report: Number of Americans Watching Desktop Video Hits 194 Million

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Nearly 194 million Americans (193.6 million) watched online videos via desktop computers in June, comScore reports. Google sites continue to be the leading source of online video content among Americans, attracting 172.7 million unique viewers and driven primarily by YouTube video viewing, according to the...Learn More

AT&T/ DirecTV Deal Approval: Low-Income Broadband and Other Conditions

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a draft order to approve AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, the full commission on Friday approved the order and AT&T and DirecTV completed the deal.  As expected, the commission is imposing several conditions on the merger, including a...Learn More

Southeastern Regional Carrier PalmettoNet Inks Big Fiber-to-the-Tower Deal

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PalmettoNet, a regional fiber network owned by 11 independent telcos, has won a big contract to provide fiber optic connectivity to more than 650 cell towers to be built by a major U.S. operator in PalmettoNet’s North and South Carolina serving territory. PalmettoNet won the...Learn More

Wheeler’s AT&T/ DirecTV Approval Plan: Any Rural Conditions?

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AT&T could be required to submit all of its interconnection agreements, along with regular network performance reports, to the FCC as a condition of FCC approval of the company’s plan to acquire DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal announced in May 2014. In a statement...Learn More

Creating Business Value Out of Local Content Channels

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Many video service providers have long offered local content channels, featuring local events, local sports, and special interest stories. The model for providing local content is evolving and many companies are now looking to their local content channels to deliver more than just interesting content...Learn More

PEG Bandwidth Acquires Fiber Network from W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

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DALLAS – (July 21, 2015) – PEG Bandwidth, a leading provider of bandwidth and wireless infrastructure solutions, has acquired a 48-mile fiber network from W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., a privately held, Newark, DE-based enterprise well known for GORE-TEX® fabric. PEG Bandwidth operates a 15,000-route...Learn More

CEO: PocketiNet Gigabit Will Overbuild Tier 3 Markets

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The latest player to enter the gigabit arena is PocketiNet Communications – and the company isn’t quite like any other service provider that has launched gigabit service. The company operates in Tier 3 markets in the northwest, including its home market of Walla Walla, Washington...Learn More

$86 Million in USDA Broadband Loans and Grants Announced

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The USDA today announced $85.8 million in broadband grants and loans for broadband infrastructure projects. USDA broadband loans offer low-interest loans to rural network operators. Broadband loans went to five network operators in four states. Two Minnesota companies – Garden Valley Telephone and Consolidated Telephone...Learn More