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

TDG: Pay-TV Decline Pegged to Broadband Household Growth

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New research from TDG highlights the relationship between broadband growth and pay-TV decline. Just over 1 in 5 broadband households (22%) have no legacy pay-TV subscription, representing roughly 22 million homes, according to TDG. TDG points to this pay-TV decline in the context of broadband...Learn More

FirstLight Sovernet Deal Completed, Augmenting Northeast Fiber Network

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Oak Hill Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of Sovernet Communications and has merged the Northeast regional fiber network company’s operations into FirstLight Fiber, Oak Hill’s flagship Northeast-region fiber network operator. The FirstLight Sovernet deal adds some 3,300 fiber route miles in New York and...Learn More

Eugene, Lafayette Join Gigabit Community Fund, Gain Funding for Gig Apps

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Mozilla, the National Science Foundation and public-private partnership US Ignite  announced that Eugene, Oregon and Lafayette, Louisiana are the two latest inductees into the Gigabit Community Fund that the three organizations created in 2014. Mozilla, NFS and US Ignite will provide a total of $300,000...Learn More

Adtran: Connect America Fund Broadband Technologies Will Be a Mixed Bag

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Telcos are likely to use a mixture of technologies — including fixed wireless, copper bonding and vectoring – to meet deployment requirements of phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF), said Kurt Raaflaub, head of strategic solutions marketing for broadband equipment supplier Adtran, in...Learn More

MaxxSouth Broadband Expands Gigabit Footprint

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STARKVILLE, Miss., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MaxxSouth Broadband announced over the weekend the ongoing expansion of its broadband services to provide up to 1 Gigabit internet technology to Starkville’s surrounding areas. This latest upgrade, scheduled to launch first in the Highland Plantation community east of Starkville,...Learn More

IP Video Provider Layer 3 TV Partners with Muni Broadband Provider for Hosted Video

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A Colorado municipal broadband provider will complete their triple play bundle with a hosted video offer from Layer 3 TV. Longmont Power & Communications, located outside of Denver, currently offers broadband and phone under the NextLight brand. Layer 3 TV, based in Denver, is a...Learn More

Report: Fixed Broadband on ‘Thin Ice’ as More People Embrace Broadband Cord Cutting

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Fixed broadband is “on thin ice” in the U.S. as the mobile first generation may be fueling broadband cord cutting, according to ReportLinker. Although the majority of households still access the Internet via fixed connections (cable, telco, fiber, etc.), nearly 4 in 10 said they...Learn More

Verizon Joins AT&T in Flexing Wireless Muscle: Fios TV Streaming is Now Wireless Data Free

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Verizon announced that Fios TV streaming, which includes live TV, VoD, and DVR recordings, will no longer count against a Verizon wireless’ customers monthly data allowance. It’s the same tactic AT&T has allowed for some time now with DIRECTV, giving these carriers a unique position...Learn More

Akamai: Average U.S. Broadband Speed Hits 17.2 Mbps, But Only 42% Have Speeds Above 15 Mbps

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The average U.S. broadband speed connection was 17.2 Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the latest Akamai “State of the Internet” report, released today. That was an increase of 5.5% over the previous quarter and a 21% increase year over year. Nearly...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We’ll Pass on OTT, Focus on Broadband and Continue to Leverage Rural Markets

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Windstream’s heavily rural local service territory gives the company an advantage over other major local exchange carriers, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas yesterday. In combination with Windstream broadband, which has seen substantial investment, the company’s rural focus has enabled it to see stable revenue in...Learn More

HughesNet Claims First FCC Broadband Defined 25 Mbps Satellite Broadband Service

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Hughes Network Systems announced today what it bills as “the first and only U.S. satellite Internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband speeds – 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps uploads – from coast to coast.” Scheduled to go live on March...Learn More

CenturyLink CFO Says Consumer Business Still Important, Sees Promise with CenturyLink OTT

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Even though 75% of CenturyLink’s business will come from the enterprise market after its merger with Level 3 Communications is completed, “we’re committed to the consumer business,” said CenturyLink Chief Financial Officer Stewart Ewing, who outlined key CenturyLink consumer initiatives at an investor conference today....Learn More