Verizon Goes on the Offensive with Cable, Launches 750 Mbps Symmetrical Service

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With cable broadband service dominating virtually all broadband growth of late, Verizon is upping the ante with a new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, set to launch January 14th across several Fios markets. While not gigabit speeds, the new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, called Fios Instant...Learn More

In Pursuit of Next Generation FTTP, Verizon OMCI Specs Seek NG-PON2 Interoperability

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Verizon said today that it has completed what it believes is the first interoperability trial of next-generation passive optical networking 2 (NG-PON2) technology. In an interview, Dennis Khomitsky, distinguished member of Verizon’s technical staff, said the ability to mix optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical...Learn More

ILSR Creates Useful Map and List of Municipal Broadband Networks

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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has issued a useful interactive map and list of municipal broadband networks in the U.S. Interactive icons on the map indicate where municipal broadband networks have been built. Interested parties can click on any icon to get details about each...Learn More

TDS “Very Pleased” with Revised A-CAM Broadband Funding Offer

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At least one rate of return carrier appears satisfied with the revised A-CAM broadband funding it was offered in late December. Addressing investors at a financial conference yesterday, TDS Telecom corporate relations executive Jane McCahon referred to the company’s revised offer as a “positive development.”...Learn More

Lifeline Broadband Problems: Big Carriers Opt Out, Rural Carriers Struggle with Pricing

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The FCC’s decision to allow qualified low-income households to use funding from the Universal Service Lifeline program toward broadband service was welcomed back in March when it was made, but problems with the program are mounting. Key Lifeline broadband problems: big carrier participation and rural...Learn More

Network Engineers Test Next-Gen 10G XGS-PON Standard

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Network engineers from more than 30 companies gathered at LAN’s Digital Applications Laboratory in Tauxigny, France to test the performance and interoperability of ITU-T’s new 10-gigabit symmetrical passive optical networking XGS-PON standard. XGS-PON has emerged quickly as a global industry standard that is to co-exist...Learn More

Total AT&T Fiber Markets Grow to 46 with New Additions

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Total AT&T fiber markets now number 46, with the addition of two new metros in South Carolina and Arkansas. AT&T also announced the expansion of its fiber reach in Sacramento. The additions are part of AT&T’s stated goal of reaching 67 metro markets with gigabit...Learn More

Ten Gigabit Network Emerging as Part of Texas Smart Community Project

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A new community is rising in Forth Worth, Texas, one that developers say will have the fastest residential Internet service in the nation and establish a model for smart, connected communities throughout the country. The ten gigabit network will come from an ISP known as...Learn More

CEO: Verizon 5G Fixed Wireless Trial Will Offer Gigabit Broadband via ‘Wireless Fiber’

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The Verizon 5G fixed wireless trial planned for next year will support gigabit speeds and will include over-the-top (OTT) video, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam today. McAdam made his comments about the Verizon 5G fixed wireless trial plans at the UBS Global Media and Communications...Learn More

Home Telecom Brings Gigabit to South Carolina’s Charleston Peninsula

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Charleston, SC December 5, 2016  Home Telecom, an independent telecommunications company based out of Moncks Corner, is launching “GigUP Charleston” designed to improve business and residential internet speeds by 100 times current standards. Home Telecom will phase the introduction of fiber and gigabit service,...Learn More

Altice Low-Income Broadband Service Launched

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Altice USA  announced that its new, low-cost Optimum residential broadband Internet service is now available to qualifying low-income users in pilot test areas in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Dubbed Economy Internet, Altice low-income broadband packages start at $14.99 per month and feature broadband...Learn More

FCC Measures U.S. Median Broadband Speed at 39 Mbps

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The U.S. median broadband speed was 39 Mbps downstream as of September 2015, according to FCC data released yesterday – up 22% from the previous year. The results were published in the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” report. Issued since 2011, that report initially focused...Learn More