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

With Wireless ISP Acquisition, Google Fiber Wireless Intentions Becoming More Clear

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There has been growing speculation regarding intentions for a Google Fiber wireless service to deliver gigabit via fixed wireless in recent weeks. Today’s acquisition of wireless ISP Webpass by Google Fiber offers some clarity to that speculation. Google Fiber is getting into the fixed wireless...Learn More

BTC Broadband is Expanding its Fiber Network and Commercial Services

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Bixby, OK – June 23, 2016 – BTC Broadband is undergoing a major fiber optic expansion, broadening its commercial service area to even more communities within Green Country. The growth areas span from Bixby to the South, into Glenpool, Mounds, Kiefer, Kellyville, Twin Hills schools...Learn More

Altice Cablevision Purchase Completed; Investment Plans Include New CPE, WiFi

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Cable industry consolidation continues with the Altice Cablevision purchase completed yesterday. The news comes just weeks after completion of a deal that made Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks part of Charter Communications. Altice is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator, having previously...Learn More

Cloud Spending by Manufacturers Expected to Increase

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Cloud spending by manufacturers is expected to increase dramatically by 2017, according to a manufacturer survey conducted at the Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit earlier this year. Spending will see particularly strong growth within manufacturing, engineering and operations units according to the survey. The research was...Learn More

GCI Broadband Wireless Brings Social Benefits to Remote Areas of Alaska

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Residents have seen higher high school graduation rates and improved healthcare since GCI broadband wireless came to remote areas of western Alaska, said GCI Executive Vice President Greg Chapados yesterday. Chapados made his comments at an event in Anchorage, where plans were announced to deploy...Learn More

Investors React Positively to $230 Million CSAL Tower Cloud Purchase

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The $230 million CSAL Tower Cloud purchase announced yesterday should enhance CSAL’s focus on dark fiber and on providing backhaul for cellular, and in particular, small cell networks. And the investment community seems to approve, judging by the value of CSAL’s stock since the announcement....Learn More

US Ignite Launches Smart Gigabit Communities Initiative

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Fifteen communities have joined together as part of a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities initiative. The goal is to create a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities that will leverage next-generation Internet and Smart City technologies to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and economic...Learn More

Frontier: Excited at the Prospects of DSL and IPTV

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Frontier just completed a $10.5 billion transaction for Verizon wireline assets which included significant FiOS FTTP assets, but Frontier is equally excited about the future of DSL and IPTV, says Frontier EVP and General Counsel Mark Nielsen. Frontier is a true believer in the long...Learn More

Telecom, Utility Partnership Pursues Arkansas Gigabit

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A rural telecom service provider and a neighboring rural electric power cooperative are coming together to bring gigabit broadband to parts of rural Arkansas. The rural telco is South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO) and the power company is Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC). The telecom, utility partnership...Learn More

AT&T North Carolina Gigabit Spreads Fast

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AT&T North Carolina gigabit service is spreading fast, according to the company. The company’s 1 Gbps-100 percent fiber network service, dubbed GigaPower, now reaches customers in five major metro areas and more than 15 communities in the state. This was achieved after the service launched...Learn More

Windstream Investment in CSAL Reduced by Half; Further Action to Come

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Windstream investment in CSAL, the real estate investment trust (REIT) spun off from the company last year, is being reduced by half.  Windstream said late yesterday that it has closed a transaction to transfer half of its shares in Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) to...Learn More

Slic Upgrades Broadband Speeds at No Extra Charge

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Potsdam, NY– June 16, 2016–Just in time for the summer holiday season Slic Network Solutions residential customers in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties have had their Internet speeds doubled, without any service calls, equipment replacements or price increases as part of a recent “silent” and...Learn More