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All things broadband — our latest coverage regarding news, trends, developments, and implications for the broadband ecosystem.

FirstNet Launches Dealer Program

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June 27, 2018 — DALLAS — FirstNet is making it even easier for the public safety community to access their network with the launch of the FirstNet Dealer Program. Now, select dealers and AT&T Alliance Channel℠ solution providers have the ability to sell FirstNet. This is...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Now Reaches 9 Million Locations, Fixed 5G Trials Also Underway

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With the announcement of South Bend, Indiana as its latest AT&T fiber market, the carrier says they now reach 9 million locations. South Bend was also announced as a fixed 5G trial market, one of four, which leads to a bit of mixed messaging from...Learn More

In a Bid to Bolster its Cloud and Managed Services Portfolio, C Spire Acquires Cloud Provider TekLinks

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Regional carrier C Spire has acquired TekLinks, a reseller and provider of cloud, managed and professional services in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Details of the C Spire TekLinks deal were not disclosed, but the companies said that during the next 60 to 90 days the...Learn More

FairlawnGig Expands its Reach, Touts Municipal Broadband Network Success

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FairlawnGig — a municipal broadband network offering gigabit speeds in Fairlawn, Ohio – is expanding service to include communities within the greater Akron area. It’s an interesting development for the municipal broadband sector at a time when some municipal networks have struggled and when some...Learn More

Viasat 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Targets Businesses

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Viasat Inc. today, launched what it claims to be America’s fastest satellite internet service for businesses. The nationwide service offers a variety of unlimited and metered data plans with download speed options ranging from 35 Mbps across most of the U.S. up to 100 Mbps...Learn More

Qualified $2B CAF II Auction Bidders Range From Tier 1 Verizon, to Rural Telcos, Electrics, WISPs, and Everything In Between

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More than 200 companies (220) have qualified to participate in the Connect America Fund II (CAF II) auction scheduled to begin in late July, including large incumbent carriers such as Verizon, Cox, Windstream, Frontier, Cincinnati Bell and Hawaiian Telcom and dozens of rural telcos. Also...Learn More

Bluebird Network Announces Its First 100G Services

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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — June 25, 2018 — Bluebird Network, a Midwest telecommunications company, today announces it has built its first customer-facing 100G diverse circuits.  The customer circuits, totaling 200G overall, will be installed along two existing fiber routes from a metropolitan center to a rural area...Learn More

Report: Millennial OTT Penetration May Have Topped Out, More Than Half Subscribe to Two Services

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More than 85% of millennials in U.S. households subscribe to one or more OTT video services and penetration among Baby Boomers and older people grew more than 10% between 2016 and last year, according to OTT video demographics research from Parks Associates. “Overall penetration of...Learn More

Charter’s ‘Summer of Gig’ Brings Spectrum Gigabit to 4 Million New Homes

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In what it refers to as “the summer of gig,” Charter Communications announced the expansion of Spectrum gigabit service to more than 4 million new homes in a dozen new markets, including Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; and Toledo, Ohio. The additions make Spectrum gigabit...Learn More

Frontier Communications Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer

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Jun 21, 2018 — NORWALK, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 21, 2018– Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) announced today that R. Perley McBride, its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be resigning from the company for personal reasons, and to return to Atlanta where his family resides. Mr. McBride will remain in his...Learn More

FirstNet Now Serves Over 1,000 Public Safety Agencies; Service Used in Active Shooter Situations

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FirstNet public safety agencies now number over 1,000, AT&T announced yesterday. The carrier is the exclusive operator of the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband network. Although that network is still under construction, the carrier already gives public safety users priority access and, when necessary, pre-emption on...Learn More

TDS Cable Broadband Upgrades Continue, 600 Mbps Broadband Coming to More Markets

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An additional five markets will see TDS cable broadband upgrades, bringing 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps tiers to communities in Texas and Colorado, the company announced yesterday. The upgrades are part of a broader strategy by TDS to improve broadband speeds in their cable properties....Learn More

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