Huawei/ Far Lane Deal Targets Rural Broadband

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A telecom veteran who has considerable experience in rural deployments has started a company to pursue opportunities to serve smaller operators deploying broadband. The company, known as Far Lane, is headed up by Bill Macfarlane, whose experience includes operating the Western Independent Networks fiber network...Learn More

Windstream Targets E-Rate Funding for WiFi

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The FCC recently revised the USF E-Rate program, which helps fund telecommunications services for schools, to focus more on broadband, and WiFi specifically. Windstream has taken notice and is targeting E-rate funding for WiFi, with a managed WiFi service. The new E-Rate focus makes about...Learn More

Minnesota Gains 10-Gigabit Broadband for Schools from Telco Group

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Schools throughout a large part of northwestern Minnesota will be getting 10 gigabit broadband as the result of a cooperative effort between a school district consortium and a consortium of 18 small local telecom service providers. The initiative builds on a 13-year relationship between the...Learn More

FairPoint to Open New Data Center in Manchester, NH

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Feb. 19, 2015  — FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England, today announced plans to open a new data center in Manchester, N.H. FairPoint opened its first data center in Laconia, N.H., in...Learn More

INS Expands Fiber Network

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DES MOINES, IA — (February 19, 2015) – While recent announcements from President Obama and Iowa Governor Branstad have garnered attention to the importance of broadband expansion, Iowa Network Services (INS) has pioneered efforts to provide communication services to Iowa communities to promote the growth...Learn More

AT&T Vs. Google Fiber Gigabit: A Five-City Face-Off

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AT&T today launched the company’s gigabit broadband service, dubbed U-verse with GigaPower, in parts of more than five cities in the Kansas City metro area. Additionally the company said it will expand the service to Independence, Mo. and Shawnee, Kan. Google Fiber already offers or...Learn More

DSL: The New Dial-Up?

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With the recent FCC definition of broadband changing to 25/3 Mbps, the impact on DSL based Internet services could be significant. Since potentially millions of DSL lines in the U.S. aren’t capable of 25/3 Mbps, by one definition, they are no longer broadband. Does that...Learn More

Indiana Fiber Network Plans 100 Gbps Upgrade

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Indiana Fiber Network plans to upgrade its core fiber network to support speeds of 100 Gbps, matching and even exceeding the speeds of networks operated by some of the world’s largest carriers. IFN, operated by 20 local phone companies, provides high-speed transport service to enterprise...Learn More

What’s at Stake in Expected $10 Billion Verizon-Frontier Deal

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Verizon and Frontier reportedly are close to announcing a deal for Verizon to sell part of its landline business in California, Texas and Florida to Frontier.  And as the industry awaits an official announcement, there has been a lot of speculation about which company has...Learn More

FCC Confirms Title II and Net Neutrality Plans, No USF Changes

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The FCC confirmed today that it plans to vote later this month on an order that would reclassify broadband as a Title II or telecommunications service and impose strict Network Neutrality rules. In a blog post on the website of media outlet Wired, FCC Chairman...Learn More

Sckipio Achieves 200 Mbps G.fast Broadband Over 400 Meters

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Broadband technology developer Sckipio said today that it has successfully demonstrated the ability of G.fast technology to support speeds up to 500 Mbps for 200 meters over traditional copper phone wiring. Alternatively the technology can support speeds of up to 200 Mbps over 400 meters....Learn More

FCC Set to Reverse Certain Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation

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Municipal broadband network operators in Tennessee and North Carolina could expand beyond their current service territories as the result of an order proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. If adopted later this month as expected, the order could pave the way for operators in other...Learn More