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

GVTC Selects Wholesale Ethernet Partner

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Smithson Valley, Texas — July 19, 2016 — GVTC Communications has selected Data Foundry’s, state-of-the-art, Texas 1 facility as an interconnection point for the company’s recently launched wholesale Ethernet business. Texas 1 will serve as a gateway for GVTC’s Ethernet network capable of transporting up...Learn More

Verizon Virtual Network Services Quite Similar to AT&T Network Functions on Demand

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Verizon Virtual Network Services, launched today, will give customers “around the globe” the ability to download a range of network functions to generic premises-based hardware, Verizon said. The news came just days after AT&T announced a similar offering, which it calls “Network Functions on Demand.”...Learn More

AT&T and Orange SDN/ NFV Initiative Seeks Open Standards

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AT&T and Orange will be collaborating to develop open source standards for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technology. The mix of proprietary SDN and NFV standards that characterize the market today make for more complex, costly investment and deployment processes, conditions that...Learn More

Iowa Telco Selects REDCOM for Softswitch Migration

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Victor, NY — July 20, 2016 — REDCOM Laboratories Inc., a company that designs and manufactures reliable world-class digital and IP-enabled telecommunications systems, announced today that Minerva Valley Companies, in Zearing, Iowa, has installed a REDCOM High Density Exchange (HDX) softswitch in its central office,...Learn More

Verizon NG-PON2 Testing Sets Up Move to Next Generation 10 Gbps FTTP

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Verizon said yesterday that it will test NG-PON2 technology from Adtran and Calix with an eye toward upgrading to the new technology, which can support symmetrical speeds as high as 10 Gbps or higher per customer. The Verizon NG-PON2 news is important because the company...Learn More

Evolution Digital Inks IP VOD Distribution Deal with NCTC

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Centennial, Colorado — July 19, 2016–Evolution Digital today announced that it reached a deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) to distribute its eVUE-TV™ IP Video on Demand service to NCTC member operators. Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV delivers thousands of hours of top-rated movies and...Learn More

Qualified 600 MHz Auction Bidders Include 28 Companies with Rural Wireless Bidding Credits

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Twenty-eight companies with rural wireless bidding credits are on the FCC’s list of approved bidders for the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. As expected, three of the four major national wireless carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon but not...Learn More

USDA Funds 81 Rural Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  announced it is funding 81 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects in 32 states in order to improve healthcare services and extend distance learning programs in rural areas. A total $23.4 million of funding will come in the form...Learn More

Speculation of a Level 3 Sale is on the Rise

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Speculation of a possible Level 3 sale drove the stock price (NYSE: LVLT) of the network operator up by almost 4% yesterday, with three times the normal trading volume. An investor newsletter suggested that Level 3 is exploring strategic options, including a sale of the...Learn More

Senate Broadband Caucus Aims to Improve Rural Broadband

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Senators from rural states are taking a lot of interest in broadband these days. Just one day after a group of 26 senators  sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him to take action on a Universal Service broadband mobility fund some of...Learn More

New Disruptive Google Fiber Business Pricing Plans Introduced

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Google just introduced new Google Fiber business pricing plans that will add yet another competitive implication to their move into the broadband access business. The new plans start at $70/month for a 100 Mbps plan, which includes a router and WiFi gateway. That could be...Learn More

Senators Want USF Mobility Fund to Target Croplands

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A bi-partisan group of 26 senators is asking the FCC to establish new parameters for a USF mobility fund that would target broadband availability in croplands “or some other geographic measurement.” The goal would be to better support precision agriculture technology aimed at enhancing productivity...Learn More