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

Frontier to Implement Business Assurance Using Equinox

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(NASHVILLE, TN) February 12, 2016 – Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems announced today that Frontier Communications, a national broadband, video and voice provider with operations in 28 states, has expanded its licensing of the TeleLink usage analytics and reporting solution and added the Case Manager Portal...Learn More

Sandvine: Encrypted Internet Traffic Will Reach 70% in 2016

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Internet service and application providers have increasingly been turning to encrypted Internet traffic in an effort to address rising concerns revolving around privacy. New market research from Sandvine reports on the state of Internet traffic encryption in 2016. Sandvine collected data spanning networks in North...Learn More

Missouri Electric-Telco Partnership Plans Gigabit Broadband

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A  Missouri-based telecom cooperative and a neighboring electric cooperative are combining resources to bring fiber-to-the-home service supporting speeds up to 1 Gbps to communities in their area that currently can’t get high-speed broadband. The electric company is Callaway Electric Service Company, L.L.C., a subsidiary of...Learn More

ViaSat-3 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Planned for 2019 Delivery

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With promised 100 Mbps satellite broadband capability, ViaSat expects to deliver a major boost in broadband performance from its next generation of satellites, scheduled for “integration and delivery” in 2019. The satellites are targeted to provide residential service at speeds of 100 Mbps or higher...Learn More

With New Google Fiber 100 Mbps Tier, Google Hedges on Gigabit

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A new Google Fiber 100 Mbps tier may shed some light on the competitive realities of the gigabit marketplace. Google is introducing this cheaper 100 Mbps offer for $50 in their forthcoming Atlanta market. This is the first sub-gigabit tier offered by Google Fiber, besides...Learn More

Municipal Broadband M&A: Sunset Digital to Buy BVU OptiNet

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In what could be an emerging trend of municipal broadband M&A activity, one of the nation’s earliest municipal broadband networks is set to be sold. Duffield, Virginia-based Sunset Digital Communications announced last week that it will purchase the OptiNet Division of Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority,...Learn More

Midco Launching Field Trials for Gigabit-Speed Broadband Services with Cisco

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February 9, 2016 – Sioux Falls, SD: Following successful lab trials with a DOCSIS 3.1-powered cable modem, Midco is preparing for field trials of its Midco Gig Internet service in Fargo, ND, in March. The company is also announcing that the second metro area –...Learn More

NTIA Updates $4 Billion Broadband Stimulus Program Results

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The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is winding towards a close, according to the latest quarterly update from NTIA, which highlights broadband stimulus program results. The report dated October 2015 but only released publicly last week, provides a summary of what the BTOP program had...Learn More

Vyve Gigabit is Latest Rural Gigabit Push

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Cable MSO Vyve Broadband is launching rural gigabit service in select markets, using DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Vyve is a rural cable consolidator, formerly known as BCI Broadband  and operates cable and broadband networks in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado and Wyoming. Their...Learn More

Nokia FastMile Jumps on Rural Broadband Wireless Bandwagon

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Although service providers and developers haven’t made much fanfare about it, there has been a lot of activity in the rural broadband wireless area lately, with the Nokia FastMile solution as the latest example. Some see broadband wireless as a serious contender technology as the...Learn More

CenturyLink launches Houston metro fiber network for business customers

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Monroe, Louisiana — Feb. 8, 2016  — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that it now offers fiber connectivity at symmetrical upload and download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) to business customers located in select Houston-area multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings....Learn More

Windstream IPTV Footprint Expands to Texas

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The Windstream IPTV footprint will soon expand to its third state, with news that Texas will join Nebraska and Kentucky. Windstream’s IPTV service Kinetic will launch in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Kinetic is an IPTV service powered by Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, which...Learn More