Comcast Increases Internet Speeds for No Additional Cost for Majority of Customers in the West

Denver, Colorado — October 8, 2015 –Comcast today announced it is increasing Internet speeds with the introduction of a new Performance Pro speed tier of 75 Mbps and Blast! Pro speed tier of 150 Mbps. Customers who subscribe to many popular XFINITY bundles will now receive...Learn More

Commissioner O’Rielly: In the Unlikely Event there is a CAF Mobility Fund…

If the FCC were to create a mobility fund as it converts today’s voice-focused high-cost Universal Service program into a broadband-focused Connect America Fund program, that fund most likely would not look like “anything previously envisioned,” said FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly today. O’Rielly made his...Learn More

Statewide Fiber Networks Interconnect, Enhancing Ethernet Offerings

Iowa Network Services (INS) and Indiana Fiber Network (IFN), two statewide fiber networks run by independent telco consortiums, have interconnected their networks via an Ethernet network-to-network interface at a Chicago point of presence operated by INDATEL, a nationwide consortium of state and regional fiber networks. The...Learn More

State Department Global Connect Goal: Broadband for 1.5 Billion People Worldwide

The Obama administration has been on a broadband boosting binge lately – and this time ambitions extend beyond the U.S. A new program called “Global Connect,” announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of State, has set a goal of helping to bring 1.5 billion people...Learn More

BroadbandUSA Guide Details Government Broadband Funding Options

A 28-page Broadband Funding Guide, released yesterday by the National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration, offers information for network operators about government funding programs covering broadband infrastructure, broadband literacy programs and other broadband costs. The guidebook is part of NTIA’s BroadbandUSA initiative, announced earlier this year...Learn More

Video Content Costs Survey: 54% of Rural Providers Saw Jump of 100% or More in Latest Contract

More than half of small rural video providers saw an increase in programming costs of 100% or greater in their latest contract negotiations, according to a survey conducted recently by Vantage Point Solutions, an engineering and consulting firm serving rural telcos. VPS surveyed 180 clients...Learn More

Providers Earn NTCA Smart Rural Community Awards

Highlighting efforts to revitalize rural economies and communities, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association on September 21 announced the winners of its 2015 Smart Rural Community Showcase awards. Twelve rural broadband service providers were recognized, according to an NTCA press release. Some 1,500 participants were...Learn More

Obama Broadband Opportunity Council Recommends $10 Billion for Broadband

A multi-agency council established by President Obama earlier this year has recommended making $10 billion available to federal agencies to spend on broadband. Obama established the Broadband Opportunity Council in March with the goal of expanding broadband availability. At that time, the council was charged with...Learn More

FCC Chairman Wheeler: USF Reform Cannot be Perfect

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler offered a keynote address yesterday at the NTCA 2015 Fall Conference, taking place in Boston. Wheeler invoked Boston’s revolutionary history as a backdrop for the shift to broadband and IP services currently underway in the telecom industry and the need for...Learn More

Spirit Deploys High-Speed Broadband using Alcatel-Lucent

Spirit deploys Alcatel-Lucent’s powerful 7950 XRS core router to support ever-increasing data capacity demands by enterprises and government while simultaneously reducing its energy footprint Paris, France, September 21, 2015 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is enabling Spirit Communications to meet ever-increasing enterprise and...Learn More

FCC Releases Price Data in $40 Billion Special Access Market

The FCC late last week moved a step closer to resolving the long-open issue of how much flexibility incumbent carriers should have in setting pricing for the special access circuits that they sell to other carriers and to enterprise customers. The commission said it would...Learn More

CAF Auction: At Least $1 Billion Up for Grabs

At least one billion dollars should be available to carriers interested in bidding in the upcoming Connect America Fund reverse auction, according to an analysis made by Telecompetitor based on data provided by the FCC. Earlier this year the FCC offered the nation’s largest price...Learn More