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Initial Six G.fast Products Certified as Broadband Forum Launches International G.fast Council

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The Broadband Forum launched an international G.fast Council to speed development and uptake of the new “ultra fast” broadband network technology standard and also announced an initial six products have successfully completed the G.fast certification program. ARRIS, Calix, Huawei, Metanoia, Nokia and Technicolor worked with...Learn More

Windstream Gigabit Launches in North Georgia, Price Will Be $59.99

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Windstream gigabit service is now available in 15 north Georgia communities, the carrier said today. In an email to Telecompetitor, a Windstream spokesperson said the company will announce new pricing at the end of the month, at which time gigabit service will be available for...Learn More

Partners in Broadband Project Recognizes Growing Utility, Electric Co-Op Entrance into Broadband

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Several organizations representing or serving rural telco and electric/utility providers have launched a campaign aimed at facilitating rural broadband deployment partnerships between telcos, municipals and electrics/utilities in unserved or underserved communities. The campaign, dubbed Partners in Broadband, comes from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association...Learn More

New Hope Telephone Cooperative Gets NTCA ‘Gig­Capable’ Certification

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NEW HOPE, ALABAMA — New Hope Telephone Cooperative has been named a certified “Gig-Capable Provider” by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which represents nearly 900 independent telecommunications companies, awarded the certification. Of those 900 providers, only about 12 percent nationwide have received this Gig-Capable certification. To...Learn More

Colorado Broadband Policy Targets Unserved Rural Areas

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Some states, including Colorado, are not relying solely on federal programs to help bring broadband to unserved rural areas. Telecompetitor recently interviewed Tony Neal-Graves, associate director of the Colorado Broadband Office, about Colorado broadband policy and about the $2.1 million in grant funding that will...Learn More

$43.6 Million in New USDA Broadband Loans Targets Rural Fiber Broadband Projects

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The Department of Agriculture announced four new broadband loans totaling $43.6 million yesterday. USDA broadband loans awarded will provide funding at low interest rates to network operators to build or improve network infrastructure in rural areas. USDA Broadband Loans Awarded The four loans included: $24.8...Learn More

Calix: Telcos Need to Adopt Tactical Strategies for Strategic Broadband Goals

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Calix is holding its first ever Media and Analyst event this week in San Francisco and CEO Carl Russo, in his opening remarks, offered some advice to telcos who find themselves losing ground in broadband to cable and other competitors. In response to my question...Learn More

Google Fiber Taps Webpass for Gigabit Fixed Wireless Expansion to Seattle

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Google Fiber-owned Webpass is installing its first wireless symmetric gigabit Internet service in Seattle, management announced. The gigabit fixed wireless roll out, being carried out at a 40-story, 146-unit luxury condominium tower across from the world famous Pike Place Market, will mark the seventh market...Learn More

PCMag: U.S. Internet Speed Gains Stall, Hotwire Dethrones Xfinity in ISP Rankings

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Internet speeds across the U.S. were essentially stagnant,  according to PC Magazine’s latest nationwide ISP rankings. This despite the nation’s telco ISPs expanding gigabit Internet, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployments and cable ISPs expanding deployment of new generation DOCSIS 3.1 broadband cable Internet services....Learn More

CEO: Consolidated Fairpoint Opportunities Include Fios Gigabit Upgrades

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Gigabit service could be coming to Fios fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) markets in northern New England when Consolidated Communications acquisition of Fairpoint Communications is completed, said Consolidated CEO Bob Udell yesterday. Although he cited a range of Consolidated Fairpoint opportunities, the possibility of upgrading the Fios markets...Learn More

Parks: 70% of Data Traffic in the Home Carried by Wi-Fi

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More than three-quarters of U.S. broadband households use Wi-Fi for in-home network connectivity, according to Parks Associates research about in-home wireless data and the internet of things (IoT). Wi-Fi is doing the large majority of work when it comes to home networking and data transport...Learn More

Comcast Gigabit Expansion Includes Five States

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A Comcast gigabit expansion announced yesterday will bring the service to markets in five states. Gigabit broadband will reach residential customers across Colorado, as well as the company’s Oregon-Southwest Washington and suburban Kansas City, Missouri and Olathe, Kansas service territories. The new broadband services will...Learn More

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