Broadband Zone

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

Report: U.S. Median Broadband Price is $80 Monthly

+
The U.S. residential median broadband price was $80 per month during the second quarter of 2017, according to research from Point Topic. Globally, the average residential download speed was 135 Mbps and the average monthly charge was $105. The best value was provided by fiber...Learn More

TDS Cable Acquisition Strategy Continues, Scoops Up Crestview Cable

+
Crestview Cable of central Oregon is the latest cable company acquisition from TDS Telecom. The Crestview transaction highlights an ongoing TDS cable acquisition strategy, joining neighboring Bend Broadband and Baja Broadband as cable broadband subsidiaries of the telecom carrier. Crestview Cable serves 21K addresses in...Learn More

MaxxSouth Broadband Completes Expansion of Gigabit Internet in Mississippi

+
OXFORD, Miss., Aug. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Just in time for the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University students to return, MaxxSouth Broadband finalized the upgrade of its network to provide up to 1 Gigabit internet broadband services to all of Oxford and to...Learn More

FCC Mobility Auction Challenge Process Revised, FCC to Collect More Data

+
The FCC today took two steps aimed at spurring rural mobile broadband deployment, including revising the rules for the mobility auction challenge process and establishing a procedure to explore the use of additional spectrum for mobile broadband and potentially other uses. Mobility Auction Challenge Process...Learn More

Report: Eleven Carriers Have More Than 10K Fiber Connected Buildings

+
Eleven fiber network operators were each providing on-net connectivity to at least 10,000 commercial buildings in the U.S. as of year-end 2016, according to new fiber connected buildings research from Vertical Systems Group. By rank order, AT&T, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise (Charter), CenturyLink, Comcast, Level 3,...Learn More

CAF Auction Will Provide $2 Billion for Rural Broadband, FCC Anticipates ‘New’ Service Providers

+
The FCC said today that it expects to conduct a reverse auction of up to $1.98 billion in Connect America Fund (CAF) money in 2018, which will go toward the cost of bringing broadband to rural areas lacking broadband service. CAF auction funds are to...Learn More

A Verizon LAA Trial Yields Gigabit LTE Wireless Speed, Proving 4G Has Quite a Bit of Runway Left

2
Using Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology, Verizon and vendor partners Ericsson and Qualcomm achieved near gigabit wireless speed of 953 Mbps. The Verizon LAA trial took place during a ‘dynamic, real-world environment’ in Boca Raton, Florida, the carrier announced. Verizon claims this is the fastest...Learn More

Echoing Microsoft, House Coalition Asks FCC for Three TV White Space Channels to Target Rural Broadband

+
A bi-partisan coalition of 43 Congressional representatives is asking the FCC to reserve at least three TV white space channels in the 600 MHz band to support rural broadband deployments. “We believe that the television white spaces (TVWS) have strong potential to revolutionize broadband internet...Learn More

Comcast Streaming TV Service to Debut, Just Don’t Call it OTT

+
A new Comcast streaming TV service, Instant TV will debut in the second half of 2017, the company confirmed on its 2Q17 earnings report conference call today. Comcast has discussed this service previously, calling it Stream TV in the past. Instant TV will be an...Learn More

CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN Launched

+
A CenturyLink managed hybrid SD-WAN service hit the market yesterday. As the company explained, the offering delivers comprehensive WAN packages “as a service” for a fixed monthly price. The availability of the CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN solutions holds out prospects of tighter integration of high-capacity...Learn More

Hammer Fiber, Go Long Deal to Support National Pre-5G Fixed Wireless Expansion Plan

+
Regional carrier Hammer Fiber has big fixed wireless broadband ambitions. Although Hammer until now has focused on the New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York markets, the company plans to launch service in 49 additional markets throughout the U.S., including underserved rural communities. To support those...Learn More

NCTC OTT Deals include Sony PlayStation Vue and fuboTV

+
In a sign of the times, two NCTC OTT deals were announced at this week’s Independent Show, taking place in Indianapolis. The two deals will allow NCTC members to resell OTT services from Sony PlayStation Vue and fuboTV, both of which are considered vMVPDs, offering...Learn More

Don’t Miss Any of Our Content

What’s happening with broadband and why is it important? Find out by subscribing to Telecompetitor’s newsletter today.

You have Successfully Subscribed!