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

Mediacom Adds Free International Calling to Its Most Popular Triple-Play Service

September 26, 2016 — MEDIACOM PARK, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mediacom Communications today announced it added a new 30-minute international calling feature to its Xtream triple-play service, a change that comes at no additional cost and offers customers the ability to save money while calling popular foreign destinations....Learn More

iGR: Average Monthly Broadband Usage is 190 Gigabytes Monthly Per Household

Average monthly broadband usage in U.S. homes is 190 gigabytes per month, according to a new report from iGR Research. More than 95% of this traffic is video, researchers said. “TV has become a personal activity,” said Iain Gillott, president of iGR research, in an...Learn More

Adelaide Joins Three U.S. Cities in US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities

Three U.S. and one Australian city joined the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Program, the federal public-private non-profit partnership announced Sept. 26. Adelaide, Australia became Smart Gigabit Communities’ first international partner, joining Albuquerque, New Mexico; Salisbury, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C., US Ignite highlights in...Learn More

GVTC Completes GigaRegion FTTH Expansion Project

Regional carrier GVTC has completed their initial GigaRegion FTTH expansion project, which brings gigabit capable services to over 20K homes. The city of Boerne was recently completed five months ahead of schedule, and added approximately 1,600 premises to the project. “With this accomplishment, our GVTC...Learn More

Verizon: We Are Taking Lead on 5G and That Includes Rural 5G

Verizon plans to test 5G wireless technology in a fixed implementation in rural as well as urban and suburban areas in trials beginning next year, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo today. Initially rural 5G didn’t appear to be part...Learn More

Average Residential Broadband Costs by Country: U.S. Ranks 13th

The U.S. ranked thirteenth  in a new study of residential broadband costs by country. The study was conducted by Internet and telecommunications market research specialist Point Topic. Researchers analyzed more than 5,000 fixed broadband tariff rate schedules spanning more than 300 operators in 94 countries....Learn More

Frontier Video Strategy Aims to Have IPTV in 50% of Footprint

Frontier has a goal of offering a triple-play bundle of voice, video and data using its home-grown Vantage video offering in 50% of the company’s local service footprint, said Frontier President and CEO Dan McCarthy today. In the remainder of its territory, the Frontier video...Learn More

Vyve Broadband Launches Gigabit Service in Oklahoma

[Rye Brook, NY] (September 21, 2016)— Vyve Broadband’s mission is to provide rural communities with world-class broadband Internet service that levels the playing field. Today, Vyve has taken the next step in that mission with the launch of 1 Gigabit-per-second Internet service to customers in...Learn More

New USDA Funding for Telemedicine and Distance Learning Announced

Nearly $5 million in USDA funding for telemedicine and distance learning was announced this week. The agency said it would invest $4.7  in 18 distance learning and telemedicine projects that will provide health care, substance misuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities in 16 states. “These...Learn More

Windstream Expands Metro Fiber Network In Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 21, 2016 — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Minneapolis. Windstream’s expansion will provide the area’s growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that connects even...Learn More

AT&T Touts New Transformative Broadband Experience with AirGig Technology

AT&T Labs introduced new AirGig technology today, that AT&T claims can bring wireless multi-gigabit speeds, using a hybrid powerline-wireless technology. The technology has both fixed and mobile applications, with potentially disruptive urban and rural applications. “Project AirGig has tremendous potential to transform internet access globally...Learn More

AT&T Says Goodbye to U-verse

AT&T is phasing out the U-verse brand in favor of a simpler approach to its products. AT&T Internet and AT&T Phone will replace U-verse Internet and phone. AT&T has already implemented a shift away from U-verse TV to its Directv brand for video, and there...Learn More