Broadband Zone

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

Rise Broadband Cites CAF Program for Broadband Expansion, Adds 10 ‘Enhanced’ Broadband Markets

+
Broadband wireless provider Rise Broadband issued a press release today noting that it had expanded its network in 10 market areas in conjunction with the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF) program. Rise apparently is referring to new buildouts supported, at least in part, by the...Learn More

Mediacom Gigabit Footprint Now Includes All Iowa Territories

1
Nearly one million households in Iowa are now a part of the Mediacom gigabit footprint, the company announced today. Mediacom’s gigabit footprint expansion, code named Gigasphere, also touches portions of western Illinois. “Since 1999, Mediacom has invested $3 billion of private capital in Iowa to...Learn More

$735 Million Cable One NewWave Acquisition Targets Non-Urban Markets

+
Continuing the cable consolidation trend, Cable One said today that it plans to acquire NewWave Communications for $735 million. Cable One is one of the nation’s 10 largest cable companies and will gain considerably more scale by acquiring NewWave, which ranks number 19. The combined...Learn More

Consolidated Cloud Services Adds Managed Security Platform

+
Consolidated Communications is adding a managed security offering to their Consolidated cloud services portfolio. The new managed security offering, Cloud Secure, will guard against a growing number of security risks and intrusions to data networks of business customers. “We are very excited to add Cloud...Learn More

Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) to Become Consolidated Communications

+
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – January 16, 2017— Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced effective today Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) will take on the Consolidated Communications brand. “Consolidated Communications is eager to continue its expansion in the Champaign-Urbana area and is now rebranding CTC as Consolidated Communications, supported...Learn More

TDS Goes 50/50 with State to Expand Minnesota Rural Broadband

+
TDS Telecom (TDS) announced last week it would receive $3 million in Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funds and invest another $3 million to expand and improve rural broadband services in parts of Crow Wing and Cass Counties. Elaborating, TDS said it...Learn More

Pew: U.S. Smartphone Ownership, Broadband Penetration Reached Record Levels in 2016

1
U.S. smartphone ownership and the percentage of U.S. households with broadband service rose in 2016, reaching record levels of 77 and 73 percent, respectively as of November, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center. Pew’s release of the first of what is...Learn More

Maine WISP, Redzone Wireless, Brands Their Latest Wireless Broadband as 5G

+
A Maine based WISP, Redzone Wireless, is seizing on the marketing hype generated by the move to 5G, launching a fixed broadband wireless service and calling it 5Gx. The service uses a proprietary method for aggregating licensed 4G LTE spectrum and unlicensed 5.8 GHz spectrum...Learn More

Broadband in the Sky, JetBlue Fly-Fi Claims First Fleet Wide Gate-to-Gate Free Wi-Fi

+
JetBlue is betting that high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and a wider variety of VOD content, along with free snacks and more legroom in coach, will help it attract more travelers, as well as keep them coming back. The no-frills airline on Jan. 11 touted that its...Learn More

Verizon Goes on the Offensive with Cable, Launches 750 Mbps Symmetrical Service

+
With cable broadband service dominating virtually all broadband growth of late, Verizon is upping the ante with a new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, set to launch January 14th across several Fios markets. While not gigabit speeds, the new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, called Fios Instant...Learn More

In Pursuit of Next Generation FTTP, Verizon OMCI Specs Seek NG-PON2 Interoperability

+
Verizon said today that it has completed what it believes is the first interoperability trial of next-generation passive optical networking 2 (NG-PON2) technology. In an interview, Dennis Khomitsky, distinguished member of Verizon’s technical staff, said the ability to mix optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical...Learn More

Service Providers Embrace Cloud Voice Platforms for Next-Generation VoIP

+
If you’re the CTO of a cable provider, telco or ISP, chances are you’ve had some unpleasant conversations with your CEO regarding investing in phone services. Voice is still important to your business, but the costs, operational complexities and lack of vendor innovation in legacy...Learn More