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National Broadband Map Updates: Newer Data, Speed Tiers; Some Still See Flaws

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The FCC today made live an updated National Broadband Map, replacing one originally released seven years ago. National Broadband Map updates include more relevant speed tiers, as well as the ability to overlay satellite imagery, to compare two different areas, to view broadband availability by...Learn More

Consolidated Broadband Upgrades Target Former FairPoint Markets

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Just after announcing the retirement of the FairPoint brand, Consolidated Communications announced broadband upgrade plans for their northeast markets. These Consolidated broadband upgrades will improve broadband speeds to over 500K locations in former FairPoint markets. The upgrades are courtesy of fiber network expansion in these...Learn More

Foreign Interest in U.S. Fiber Assets is Growing as Oak Hill Sells FirstLight to Antin Infrastructure Partners

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Antin Infrastructure Partners, a European-based investment firm, today entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire FirstLight, a fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast U.S.,  from Oak Hill Capital Partners IV. The value of the Antin FirstLight deal was not...Learn More

Clearfield Exec Sees Synergies in Purchase of Calix Powered Cabinet Portfolio

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Fiber management equipment provider Clearfield expects to see strong demand for the outdoor powered cabinet portfolio it has acquired from broadband equipment provider Calix, said Kevin Morgan, Clearfield chief marketing officer, in an interview with Telecompetitor. The purchase price for the Clearfield Calix deal was...Learn More

AT&T Virtual and Augmented Reality Project Taps Edge Computing

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AT&T is testing augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) in a project at the company’s edge computing test zone. AT&T aims to use edge computing to support low-latency data processing for VR and AR. While VR focuses on synthetic three-dimensional worlds, AT&T augmented reality efforts could...Learn More

Trump Proposal Could Provide as Much as $40 Billion for Rural Broadband (At Least in Theory)

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The White House today released some additional details about President Trump’s proposal to make $50 billion available for rural infrastructure investment – and in theory, at least, as much as $40 billion of that money could go to rural broadband. Trump rural broadband plans first...Learn More

NGN Connect Buys Back the Fixed Wireless Business It Sold to an Electric Cooperative

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NGN Connect, a community-owned network operating in north Georgia, said today that it has reacquired the fixed wireless customer base and assets that it sold to Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC) in 2015. NGN Connect and HEMC are co-owners, along with Blue Ridge Electric Membership...Learn More

FairPoint Brand is Formally Retired, Consolidated Focuses on Upgrading Broadband

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Another telecommunications brand will fade away, starting today, as Consolidated Communications will retire the FairPoint brand and begin operating as Consolidated Communications in former FairPoint territories. Consolidated acquired FairPoint for $1.3 billion (including debt) in July 2017. The combined company now operates in 24 states...Learn More

Focus on Next-generation Networks Fuels Broadband Forum Membership Growth

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Fremont, California, February 19, 2018: Pioneering development work in 5G, CloudCO and network virtualization was today cited by Kevin Foster, Chairman of the Broadband Forum as one of the key reasons for its growth in 2017, with the announcement of a further 14 new members. Operators and vendors,...Learn More

Huawei Launches First Urban 5G “Wireless to the Home” CPE Trial in North America

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[Shenzhen, China, February 14, 2018] Huawei today announced they have launched an end-to-end user trial for “Wireless to the Home” (WTTx) 5G service using a specially-designed 5G CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) unit. The trial is taking place in downtown Vancouver’s “5G Living Lab,” a co-venture...Learn More

C Spire 5G Fixed Wireless Test to Feature 3.65 GHz Spectrum

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C Spire plans to test new 5G fixed wireless technology at their Ridgeland, Miss. headquarters tomorrow, with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr in attendance. The C Spire 5G fixed wireless test will feature patented technology from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Cohere Technologies. Cohere’s turboConnect fixed wireless access...Learn More

Comcast Fixed and Mobile Wireless Trials to Use Portion of CBRS Band

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Comcast is planning fixed and mobile wireless trials in Philadelphia using spectrum in the 3650-3700 MHz band, according to a news report from Mobile World Live based on a Comcast FCC filing. The possibility of a Comcast fixed wireless offering is a new development. The...Learn More

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