Broadband Forum: Citing Global Fixed Broadband Statistics, Fiber Now Underlies 77% of All Connections

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Fiber, copper and cable networks supported 77% of fixed subscribers worldwide at the end of last year, according to global fixed broadband statistics compiled by Point Topic. The new research from the company found that more than half of people get their broadband over these...Learn More

Report: U.S. Business Fiber Availability Increases to 54.8%

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Fiber availability for large- and mid-sized commercial buildings jumped to 54.8 percent in the U.S. in 2017, according to a new report about business fiber availability from Vertical Systems Group As a result of this growth, the U.S. Fiber Gap has dropped to less than...Learn More

Adtran Buys Sumitomo North America EPON Business, Aims to Dramatically Expand Cable MSO Business

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Adtran will gain considerable clout with cable companies as a result of its purchase of the North America EPON business of Sumitomo Electric Industries. Adtran already has EPON technology, but Japan-based Sumitomo has a dominant market share position in the North American EPON market, as...Learn More

WOW Lights Up Gigabit Broadband in 7 States, Leverages Deep Fiber Approach

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Competitive broadband and video provider WOW announced yesterday that it had launched gigabit service in several markets nationwide. To support the WOW gigabit service, the company brought fiber to a neighborhood node and will use existing coax from that point to individual homes, a WOW...Learn More

Atlantic Broadband MetroCast Acquisition: $1.4 Billion Deal Gains Rest of MetroCast

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As cable companies continue to snatch market share from telcos offering slower broadband speeds, the cable industry has been undergoing a period of intense consolidation, as news today about an Atlantic Broadband MetroCast acquisition illustrates. Atlantic Broadband owner Cogeco Communications said today that it will...Learn More

Report: Gigabit Broadband Availability Reaches Over 200M Globally, 56 Million in the U.S.

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Just shy of 220 million people worldwide have gigabit broadband availability, according to the latest Gigabit Monitor from test and measurement vendor Viavi. That’s roughly 3 percent of the world population. Seventeen percent of the population – 56.4 million people – have gigabit broadband access...Learn More

Despite Appeals Court Decision, Municipal Gigabit Momentum Continues

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News this week of five new municipal gigabit networks is a reminder that the recent municipal appeals court decision will have little or no impact in some states or for certain municipal network operators. A recent decision by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...Learn More

Report: North America Dominates Global Gigabit Deployments

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A new visual online database of global gigabit deployments illustrates just how fast the number of gigabit Internet initiatives in the U.S. and worldwide has grown in recent years. A new Global Gigabit Monitor launched today reveals that more than 500 gigabit Internet projects are...Learn More

Rural Senators Want FCC Business Data Service Rules Based on Cableco Information

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Data filed recently by the major U.S. cable companies should be taken into account when FCC business data service rules are revised, argue nine U.S. senators from rural states in a letter sent yesterday to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “Rural communities depend on robust investments...Learn More

Ethernet over HFC Definition Will Be Critical to Business Data Services Debate

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With the FCC poised to regulate business data services, opponents are arguing vociferously about the extent of competition in the business data services (BDS) market – and a critical issue is whether Ethernet over HFC counts as a business data service. According to an Ethernet...Learn More

Carriers Seek Reversal of Business Data Services Regulation, Citing Flawed Analysis

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Six of the nation’s largest telecom service providers are seeking big changes to the current plans for FCC business data services regulation. At issue is the huge volume of data on which the FCC based its plans and which the carriers says is “irretrievably flawed.”...Learn More

CEO: CountryWide Broadband Acquires iTV-3, With More Deals in the Works

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The tier 3 telecom market gained another consolidator yesterday with the news that St. Louis-based startup company CountryWide Broadband plans to acquire iTV-3, operator of an open access gigabit network serving several central Illinois communities, including Peoria, Champaign and Urbana. In an interview CountryWide Broadband...Learn More

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