Broadband Zone

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

Broadband Forum Releases New Management Model

Broadband Forum on November 23 announced it has completed development of new network-edge fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) management technology at its latest quarterly meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Broadband Forum members approved the release of the FTTdp YANG management model, which will facilitate members’ ability to deliver...Learn More

CAF Broadband Support for Rural Carriers Could Vary Based on Density

Small rate-of-return communications service providers with less than 10 locations per square mile would have more time to build out high-speed broadband in comparison with service providers serving denser areas, according to USF reform recommendations made by telecom association ITTA, which represents mid-size service providers. ITTA...Learn More

Windstream Expands Transport Network into Florida

Little Rock, Arkansas — Nov. 23, 2015 — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, has announced the expansion of its 500G long-haul core network into Miami, Florida. “Windstream Carrier Solutions has been aggressively expanding its network in order to provide high-bandwidth transport solutions to...Learn More

School Broadband Report: 23% of Schools Lack Fast Broadband

Higher-speed Internet access has been provided to an additional 20 million U.S. K-12 students over the past two years, according to EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit organization dedicated to upgrading Internet access in every public school classroom in the nation. Looking ahead to further progress in its...Learn More

Allo Acquisition Leads to Nebraska Gigabit Plans

Allo Communications, a Nebraska based competitive triple play provider will launch gigabit services in Lincoln, Nebraska, due in part to its sale to Lincoln based Nelnet. Formed in 2003, Allo currently provides fiber based triple and double play services to a variety of Nebraska communities....Learn More

RUS Reports Broadband Stimulus Program Results, Claims Six Million Benefited

It’s hard to believe the Broadband Stimulus Program was first announced over six years ago. The $7.2 billion program was part of the broader American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which aimed to stimulate the economy after the Great Recession of 2008. The Rural Utilities Service...Learn More

ViaSat Doubles Satellite Broadband Speed to 25 Mbps, Integrates Wi-Fi

Satellite broadband services provider ViaSat on November 18 introduced a new, faster wireless modem and service plan for the home. Able to provide satellite broadband speed of  up to 25Mbps, ViaSat’s Exede WiFi Modem doubles their current fastest offer of 12 Mbps. A satellite broadband...Learn More

FairPoint Gigabit Service Set to Launch

FairPoint will soon join the gigabit movement, announcing FairPoint gigabit service will launch in December in select New Hampshire markets. The Portsmouth, New Hampshire region will become the first gigabit market for the tier 2 service provider with most of its operations clustered in northern New...Learn More

LRG: Cable is Dominating Fixed Broadband Subscriber Growth

The 17 largest cable and telcos high-speed ISPs in the U.S. added some 645,000 net new subscribers in 2015’s third quarter (3Q’15). Representing about 94 percent of the U.S. market, a total 89.5 million rely on the 17 largest cable and telcos for broadband Internet...Learn More

Parks: Sports Channels Grab 3 of Top 10 OTT Subscription Services

New market data from Parks Associates reveals the growing extent OTT services are being used in U.S. broadband households. According to Parks’ OTT Video Market Tracker, OTT services were used in about 6 in 10 U.S. broadband households in the past 30 days, the market...Learn More

FTTH Council: FTTH Penetration Nearing 50% of Homes Passed

U.S. fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployments grew 13 percent in 2015 as new, last mile fiber optic networks passed nearly 3 million homes for the first time, while FTTH penetration is accelerating. That brings the cumulative total of FTTH passings of 26 million, according to FTTH Council...Learn More

Maine Fiber Promises 60% Rate Reduction for Rural Broadband, Targets Municipals

Hoping to “change the math” for rural broadband in Maine, a middle mile provider is introducing some interesting incentives for last mile broadband access. Maine Fiber Company (MFC) on November 13 announced two ¨open access¨ broadband initiatives that present funding and savings opportunities for projects...Learn More