Consolidation, net neutrality, special access and rights-of-way dominated the headlines at Comptel Spring 2015
This year's spring Comptel trade show in Orlando, Fla., once again reflected a competitive industry that's in transition. The show featured three keynote speeches from members of the service-provider industry and even a lawmaker: Representatives from Google Fiber and Sprint were keynote speakers, as was Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla).
Tony Thomas took over the CEO role at Windstream CEO n in December when Jeff Gardner announced he was resigning from the company. Prior to his new role, he was president of its real estate investment (REIT) company and earlier served as CFO. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, recently caught up with Thomas to talk about his vision for the company in 2015 and beyond.
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A top Frontier executive sees an opportunity to increase its fiber and copper-based broadband share when it completes its purchase of Verizon's wireline properties in three states later this year.
Wave Broadband, an independent provider of 1 Gbps broadband services to communities in Washington and California, has raised $130 million in new capital. The company plans to use the new funds to expand its network into more cities within its existing footprint and launch a set of new residential and business services.
Canada has launched a project to gauge the speed experience consumers have with their broadband service providers. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is conducting this project in collaboration with all of the country's major ISPs such as Bell Canada, Telus and Bell Aliant and market researcher SamKnows.
President Obama said he will renominate FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to another term. The Democratic commissioner initially joined the commission in 2011.
Canoe Ventures, the joint venture founded in 2008 by Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, appears to be finding success through its focus on providing dynamic ad insertion for cable's video-on-demand services.
Comcast is not holding back its Gigabit broadband desires, announcing that it will bring its 2 Gbps broadband Gigabit Pro service to six new cities in the Midwest and Western parts of the United States.
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