Broadband Zone

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

Lumos Networks Lights up RagingWire Data Center Campus

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May 24, 2016  — WAYNESBORO, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced today that it has extended its fiber optic network to the RagingWire data center campus in Ashburn, VA. The...Learn More

Frontier Purchase of Verizon Lines Experiences Challenges, Victories

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The Frontier purchase of Verizon lines in three states faced some unexpected challenges after the deal was completed last month, but those challenges were minimal compared to what the company faced with some previous acquisitions, said Frontier CEO Dan McCarthy today. “It has gone better...Learn More

Windstream Expands Metro Fiber Network in Richmond

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May 23, 2016 – RICHMOND, Va. — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in the Richmond area. Windstream’s expansion will provide the area’s growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless...Learn More

FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center Launched

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A new online FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center aims to provide greater, more detailed and more timely public access to consumer complaint records along with tools to customize how records are viewed. The new platform is part and parcel of FCC efforts to enhance transparency,...Learn More

Comcast Business Begins Selling Microsoft Office 365 Through Its Cloud Marketplace

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May 19, 2016  — PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast Business today announced that Microsoft Office 365 is now available through its cloud application marketplace for small- and medium-sized businesses; Comcast Business Cloud Solutions (formerly Upware). Businesses can sign up today for the leading cloud-based office software and quickly...Learn More

Verizon CFO on SDN Economics: Software Won’t Reduce Capex

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While some advocates tout the ability of software defined networking to reduce telco capital and operational expenditures, at least one major carrier expects SDN economics to have little impact on capex. Verizon capex consistently runs in the range of 17.2% to 17.7%, noted Verizon Executive...Learn More

Telco Network Transformation: Just Don’t Mess Up the Revenue Thing

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Telco network transformation is a popular topic in today’s industry circles. Conventional wisdom says all telcos are in some form of transformation mode, moving from a hardware-based TDM legacy to a software-based IP future. But there’s a lot to think about regarding this transition, with...Learn More

Electric Cooperative WiFi Deployment Aims to Support Home Broadband

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Bandera Electric Cooperative, based in rural Texas, aims to rely heavily on WiFi to bring broadband to its customers. The Bandera Electric Cooperative WiFi plans include installing fiber on the company’s existing poles, to which the company also will add WiFi access points, a company...Learn More

New Netflix Speed Test, fast.com, Provides Simple Broadband Speed Analysis

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A new Netflix speed test offers a very simple way to test your current broadband speed connection. By visiting fast.com, users get a very simple read out of their current Internet connection. The test works for both fixed and mobile connections. “Like the cellular data...Learn More

AT&T Launches Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds in the Bay Area

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Mountian View, California  — May 17, 2016 — AT&T today launched ultra-fast Internet service in parts of San Francisco, San Jose, Dublin, Mountain View, Santa Clara and San Ramon.  These communities are in addition to the parts of the Cupertino area where we initially launched...Learn More

Anza Electric Cooperative Broadband Plans Include FTTP, Smart Grid, Digital Literacy

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The latest rural electric cooperative broadband deployment comes from California-based Anza Electric Cooperative. The company is deploying fiber-to-the-premises and initially will offer symmetrical service at 50 Mbps but eventually expects to increase to gigabit speeds, said Anza General Manager Kevin Short in an interview with...Learn More

G.fast Bandwidth Improvement Better Positions Copper Broadband Against Cable, DOCSIS

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Broadband component manufacturer Sckipio Technologies hopes its new chip announced today will help telcos better compete with cable companies by enabling G.fast bandwidth to be dynamically allocated between the upstream and downstream paths. G.fast technology originally was developed to support high bandwidth over short copper...Learn More