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Spectrum Enterprise Fiber Investment Will Help Maintain 50 Fiber-Lit Building Per Day Momentum, Now at 200K Buildings

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Spectrum Enterprise fiber investment will exceed $1 billion for 2018 –the second year that unit of Charter Communications has received investment dollars exceeding $1 billion. The investment by the company will primarily be used to increase the density of its national fiber network. It also...Learn More

Pay-TV and Telecom Spending Forecast to Reach $1.7 Trillion in 2018

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Spending on telecommunications services and pay TV services in the Americas is expected to grow at .2% per year through 2022, according to a pay-TV and telecom spending forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). On a worldwide basis, spending on telecommunications services and pay TV...Learn More

Exec: Wi-Fi is Comcast Broadband Differentiator

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Comcast sees Wi-Fi as a broadband differentiator, said David Watson, president and CEO of Comcast Cable, at an investor conference today. “Great coverage is essential,” said Watson. Comcast last year launched several Wi-Fi offerings aimed at ensuring that customers can use Wi-Fi throughout their homes,...Learn More

Hargray Expands To Warner Robins, Georgia

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WARNER ROBINS, Ga., May 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hargray Communications Group, Inc. (“Hargray”), a leader in fiber communication services in Georgia and South Carolina, announced today that it is expanding into Warner Robins, Georgia.  This announcement comes one year after Hargray launched its world-class fiber-optic network in Macon, Georgia. Chris McCorkendale, Hargray...Learn More

FCC Poised to Free Up 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum for Broadband, Primarily in Rural Areas

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The FCC is getting set to free up as much as 194 MHz of unused spectrum in the educational broadband service (EBS) band, primarily in rural areas. The EBS spectrum is in the 2.5 GHz band and potentially could support fixed wireless broadband service, although...Learn More

Minnesota WISP Enlists Calix for Mesh Wi-Fi

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PETALUMA, CA – May 10, 2018 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced Minnesota WiFi, a wireless Internet service provider (WISP) based in southern Minnesota, is leveraging Calix Cloud and Mesh-Enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi solutions to bring its managed Wi-Fi service to residential and business subscribers across six counties. Through the superior performance...Learn More

Fusion Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire MegaPath

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NEW YORK, NY — May 10, 2018 — Fusion (NASDAQ: FSNN), a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held MegaPath Holding Corporation (“MegaPath”). Based in Pleasanton, California, MegaPath provides a robust, fully-integrated suite of cloud...Learn More

Fidelity Expands Missouri Gigabit, Offers $80 Gigabit Tier

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Fidelity Communications is offering 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) service in Sullivan, MO — the latest of several Missouri gigabit offerings the company has launched. During the past several months, the company upgraded its network, acquired 1 Gbps-capable modems and set aside bandwidth for the...Learn More

Verizon Touts 5G Business Cases Through Alley 5G Incubator

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There is considerable hype regarding 5G these days and a common dissenting view is the apparent lack of true 5G business cases. Some argue 5G hype is overblown and it’s simply a faster version of 4G, with questionable business cases to support the investment required....Learn More

Arvig Now Provides Backhaul to More than 500 Cell Towers

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Minnesota-based regional carrier Arvig is bringing service to more than 500 cellular towers across 13 states, the company announced. The carrier has contracts with customers that are five-, seven- and ten-years long, said Dave Schornack, Arvig’s Director of Business Development and Sales,  in a  press...Learn More

Bluebird Network Announces Expansion of Its Fiber-Optic Network

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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — May 7, 2018 — Bluebird Network, a Midwest telecommunications company, today announces an expansion of its fiber-optic network.  Bluebird Network will be adding 45 fiber route miles in the St. Louis metropolitan area and St. Charles County, specifically within Clayton, Wentzville, and Weldon...Learn More

Arvig Continues E-rate Success with Schools and Libraries

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PERHAM, Minn., May 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — During the first quarter of 2018, more than 30 schools/school districts have selected Arvig for high-speed internet, transport and voice solutions. Methods of delivery include dark fiber and traditional lit service solutions. These institutions are funding these...Learn More

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