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Research: Global Fiber Broadband Penetration Surpasses DSL, On Track for 1 Billion Connections

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Fiber broadband penetration has been building momentum across the globe. So much so, fiber has surpassed DSL as the most common fixed broadband platform, accounting for 43.2 percent of the global market, research firm Kagan highlights in recently released market research. Kagan is a unit...Learn More

South Dakota Telco Turns Off Cable and Turns On IPTV

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May 10th, 2017 — Bison SD – A combination of fiber deployment, bundling and local customer service are helping West River Coop Telephone in South Dakota to grow their video business as they switch from RF Cable to IPTV. According to WRCTC GM Colle Nash,...Learn More

AT&T Offers AirGig Update, Reiterates Upcoming Trials for Fiber Fronthaul/Backhaul Alternative

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AT&T AirGig millimeter wave broadband technology provides better propagation than traditional point-to-point wireless options because it uses wave guide technology, said Bill Hogg, president of technology operations at AT&T, today. Developed by AT&T, AirGig is designed to be deployed on the same pole infrastructure as...Learn More

BARC Connects Turns to Alianza for Cloud-based VoIP Solution

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May 10, 2017 — CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that BARC Connects, a wholly owned broadband subsidiary of Virginia-based BARC Electric Cooperative, has selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform to launch a full suite of residential and commercial phone services....Learn More

Consolidated FairPoint Roadmap: 15 Mbps Capable Connections Will Be Upgraded First

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Consolidated Communications hopes to complete its acquisition of FairPoint in mid-summer, said Consolidated CEO Bob Udell yesterday. When that occurs, a Consolidated FairPoint roadmap will prioritize upgrading broadband lines currently capable of supporting speeds of 15 Mbps to support 20-100 Mbps, Udell told attendees at...Learn More

MCNC Boosts Cybersecurity on North Carolina Research and Education Network

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Research Triangle Park, North Carolina — May 9, 2017 — MCNC, the non-profit owner and operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), has successfully completed a Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II examination. Accountancy firm Assure Professional performed the rigorous audit of MCNC’s organizational...Learn More

Next Stop for Copper Broadband? Terabit DSL Promises 10-100 Gbps Speeds over Copper Wiring

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Innovative ‘waveguide’ technology developed by broadband vendor ASSIA holds out prospects of multi-gigabit network data transport using existing telco twisted pair copper wiring. Using waveguide modes of existing copper network infrastructure enables data to be transported at 100 Gbps over 300 meters and 10 Gbps...Learn More

CTIA: U.S. Wireless Penetration Nears 121%, Driving 13.72 Trillion MBs of Wireless Data Traffic

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A record high 13.72 trillion megabytes (MBs) of mobile data coursed over wireless networks to mobile device users in the U.S. in 2016, 4 trillion MBs more than in 2015 and 35 times that in 2010, according to CTIA’s latest, “Annual Wireless Industry Survey.” By...Learn More

TDS Completes Acquisition of Sun Prairie Assets

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MADISON, Wis. (May 8, 2017) — TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS®), a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., announces the purchase of the telecommunications assets of Sun Prairie Utilities (SPU) in Sun Prairie, Wis. Earlier this year, TDS announced plans to acquire the SPU assets...Learn More

xFi Next Up in Comcast Wi-Fi Roadmap, Gigabit Wi-Fi in Queue

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Three new product announcements from Comcast today aim to address a growing trend: As broadband service supports increasingly higher speeds, the number of Wi-Fi devices sharing a single broadband connection also increases. In an interview with Telecompetitor, Comcast Chief Product Officer Chris Satchell explained how...Learn More

NeoNova Acquires API Digital, Adds 24×7 NOC Services

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North Carolina based NeoNova announced the acquisition of Alabama based API Digital Services today. The addition of API Digital will bring 24x7x365 NOC services to NeoNova, a provider of network management and professional services to the rural ISP community. API Digital was founded in 1999...Learn More

Gigabit Opportunity Act Would Use Tax Breaks to Spur Broadband Deployment

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Introduced by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R–W.Va.) yesterday, the Gigabit Opportunity Act, also known as the GO Act, aims to spur gigabit broadband deployment by using a range of tax breaks. In a statement, Capito said the GO Act “gives states flexibility, streamlines existing regulations...Learn More

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