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

TWC Maxx is Latest Answer to Rising Gigabit Momentum

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It’s been well documented that Google’s initiative to introduce next generation broadband by building out Google Fiber networks in cities around the U.S. appears to be pushing big incumbent ISPs to accelerate their own “super-fast,” broadband upgrades. AT&T made a string of gigabit network announcements...Learn More

GVTC Launching Next Phase of Fiber Network Expansion

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SMITHSON VALLEY, July 31, 2014 — GVTC is bringing more fiber to more people. The Hill Country based communications provider is expanding its fiber network to 15 subdivisions in its service area. When complete in summer 2015, an additional 3,300 rooftops, in proximity to San...Learn More

A Gigabit Broadband Land Grab is Underway: Is it for Publicity or Subscribers?

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Blink and you might miss it. On Tuesday, we published a post outlining two gigabit broadband network announcements had occurred, and it was only the second day of the week. Almost as we hit publish on our blog, another gigabit announcement from AT&T occurred, putting...Learn More

Nokia Networks First to Trial LTE for National TV Broadcasting

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July 29, 2014 — Espoo, Finland – Nokia Networks is pioneering the technology needed to efficiently use LTE for nationwide TV broadcasting. The company is working with a range of partners* in the world’s first field trial of wide-area TV broadcasting using a single LTE...Learn More

Telergee: Rural Telco Financials See Flat Revenues and Declining Margins

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The typical small rural telco financials saw margins decrease about 3% between 2012 and 2013 as their revenue mix shifted toward non-regulated lines of business, according to the 2014 Telergee Alliance Benchmarking Study. Telergee is an alliance of accounting firms specializing in rural telecom. The...Learn More

IHS: Number of Smart Cities to Quadruple by 2025

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With urbanization continuing at a rapid pace, urban planners and managers are turning to the latest innovations in information and communications technology (ICT) to help chart sustainable development pathways. According to a new study from IHS Technology, the number of so-called “smart” cities will more...Learn More

Windstream REIT Spin-Off May Ignite Structural Separation Debate

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Windstream announced today their intention to spin off many of their network assets into a separate publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). The separate company will own Windstream’s existing fiber and copper networks, as well as other real estate assets. The transaction will allow...Learn More

AT&T Gigabit Nashville Plans Revealed; Comporium Gigabit Expands

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See update at end of post added later on July 29. We’ve seen two gigabit announcements already this week and it’s only Tuesday. AT&T said it will bring its gigabit broadband service, dubbed GigaPower, to the City of Nashville. And cable operator Comporium, which announced...Learn More

Bright Houses Launches Unified Communications for Businesses

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TAMPA, Fla., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions today introduced Unified Communications (UC), an innovative, cost effective, cloud-powered communications service geared for the way organizations work and their workforces connect – in the office, on the road, in real time. Unified...Learn More

NICT Achieves 40 Mbps in London TV White Space Wireless Broadband Pilot

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Pilot testing a TV white space wireless broadband communications system in central London, Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) achieved throughput speeds of 40 Mbps and established a 3.7 kilometer (~2.3 mile) link. The pilot test was organized, and specifications set, by...Learn More

New HGI Home Media Gateway Business Requirements Targets the Smart Home

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Moving forward with efforts to develop open standards for smart home ecosystems, industry association the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) on July 28 released a document detailing high-level broadband service provider (BSP) media gateway business requirements. Building on its standards development work for home gateways, HGI’s...Learn More

NCTC and Comcast Wholesale Renew NAS Agreement

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Denver, Colo and Lenexa, KS, July 28, 2014 – The Comcast Wholesale division of Comcast Cable, and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) today announced the renewal of a multi-year agreement for the HITS National Authorization Service (NAS). NAS compliments other services from HITS by...Learn More