Consolidated: FairPoint Legacy Services Revenue Creates Growth Opportunity

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Consolidated Communications’ plan to purchase FairPoint communications, announced this week, would make Consolidated more dependent on legacy services – at least initially. Currently Consolidated gets 82% to 83% of its revenues from broadband and business services, but a combined Consolidated FairPoint would get only 72%...Learn More

Mediacom Eyes 100% DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Network Coverage By Year-end

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Mediacom will be the first major U.S. cable company with a 100% DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit network footprint, management announced in a press release. The cable MSO plans to complete its wholesale migration to the cable industry standard DOCSIS 3.1 Gigasphere platform by year-end. The Mediacom...Learn More

FCC Seeks More Than $76 Million from Two Carriers for Alleged USF Violations

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The FCC plans to fine Hawaii-based Sandwich Isles Communications more than $49 million for allegedly violating rules of the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) and to require the company to repay over $27 million in improper USF payments.  In an unrelated development, the commission also...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

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The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and...Learn More

Financial Analyst: Cable Will be the Incumbent Phone Company in 2017

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The local cable company could be the incumbent phone company beginning in 2017, according to financial analysts at Pivotal Research Group. The analysts are generally bullish about the cable industry and bearish about the telecom industry which, according to the analysts, may never grow data...Learn More

TDS Implements Analytics Using Equinox

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Nashville, Tennesee —  November 22, 2016 —  Leading telecom solutions supplier Equinox Information Systems announced today that TDS Telecom, the 7th largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S., has deployed the TeleLink usage analytics and reporting platform. The decision to select and implement TeleLink...Learn More

USTelecom, NTCA Ask FCC for More A-CAM Universal Service Funding

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Two key telecom associations – USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association – have asked the FCC for additional Universal Service funding. The requests come in the wake of the revelation that more rate-of-return carriers than anticipated had opted for A-CAM Universal Service funding based on...Learn More

Does Deletion of Agenda Items Signal Republican-Triggered FCC Freeze?

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Don’t expect the FCC to make any major decisions for the remainder of President Obama’s term in office. As the nation gets set for a Republican administration, including anticipated Republican control of the FCC, commission chairman Tom Wheeler apparently has heeded calls from Republican lawmakers...Learn More

Facebook Millimeter Wave Broadband Wireless: 20 Gbps Over 8 Miles

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Facebook has achieved broadband transmission of 20 Gbps over an eight-mile distance using millimeter wave technology, according to a Facebook blog post. The Facebook millimeter wave broadband wireless technology could be used for several different applications, eventually including connecting the company’s Aquila communications drones with...Learn More

FairPoint Broadband Coverage Extended to 18,300 Locations Across 50 Markets

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A recently completed project extends FairPoint broadband coverage to 50 communities in their New England footprint. Extending the company’s fiber network some 17,000 miles, the FairPoint broadband service expansion brings high-speed Internet connectivity to some areas that have never had it before and/or raises network...Learn More

Consolidated Communications CEO: Our 100 Mbps Service Beats a Cable Competitor’s 300 Mbps Service

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Although some tier two local exchange carriers have been seeing broadband declines, Consolidated Communications is seeing broadband growth. Bob Udell, president and CEO of the company, attributes Consolidated Communications broadband growth, in part, to the offering’s quality of service (QoS) capability. “Five to six years...Learn More

Could Increased Millimeter Wave Network Range for Wireless Broadband Offer Rural Applications?

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A New York University (NYU) student research team pushed the envelope for millimeter wave network range in a recently conducted field test in rural southwest Virginia. Setting up a millimeter wave transmitter on the porch of the country home of their professor Ted Rappaport, the...Learn More