Biography for Sue Marek
Sue joined FierceMarkets in January 2007 and is currently the editor-in-chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group. In her current position, she oversees the editorial content of several FierceMarkets' newsletters and web sites including FierceWireless, FierceCable, FierceTelecom, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceDeveloper, FierceWireless:Europe and FierceWireless:Tech, and provides editorial guidance for the publications’ advanced products and live events. Sue has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the telecom industry. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the executive editor of Wireless Week. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, specializing in wireless and broadband technologies. She also was the managing editor of Convergence magazine, a monthly magazine for cable television, phone and wireless network operators. Sue is based in Denver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Sue Marek
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that Verizon must pay taxes for fees from installing phone lines and providing directory assistance as well as performing a variety of repairs and services. However, the amount of those fees is unclear as the ruling didn't give a specific amount owed and didn't say whether the company is also responsible for any back payments.
Facebook is testing the Wedge 100, a super-fast Ethernet switch that has 32 ports and is capable of delivering data at 100-Gig speeds. The switch, which Facebook built, will be used to move data around the company's server farms, according to Jay Parikh, Facebook's global head of engineering and infrastructure, as reported by VentureBeat.
U.K. broadband provider Gigaclear is testing an ultra-fast 5-Gig broadband service that enables customers to download a video in just a few seconds. The company said the 5-Gig service will be commercially available in early 2016 and will cost consumers $610 per month and businesses $2,289 per month.
The U.S. has made big strides in the past two years in bringing high-speed broadband access to classrooms. According to an annual report from the nonprofit group EducationSuperHighway, in 2013 only 30 percent of school districts nationwide had broadband access that met the FCC's minimum requirement of 100 Kbps. Today that number has increased to 77 percent.
A top AT&T executive said that the company's Network on Demand service, which lets customers provision their broadband services on the fly using a dedicated portal, is thriving and available in 175 markets.
CenturyLink has added fiber links to five more CyrusOne data centers, bringing its total to 12. The telco said there are now a dozen CyrusOne data centers directly connected to CenturyLink's 250,000-route-mile fiber network and 300,000-mile international transport network.
TDS Telecom is pushing ahead with its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and IPTV deployments, rolling out service in two more markets in the third quarter bringing its total footprint to 22 markets, or 20 percent of its total footprint.
Unified access provider Calix saw its revenues rise in the third quarter to $112.3 million, up 6.2 percent from the same quarter in 2014. In addition, the company said it was preparing for its customers to shift to software-defined networking and network function virtualization by launching a new AXOS Linux-based network operating system and software application platform.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is doubling the size of its cloud footprint in the Asia-Pacific region by adding six locations and two new cloud providers, HP and Verizon Cloud, to the company's Secure Cloud interconnect service.
The New York City Council will hold an oversight hearing Oct. 14 to determine whether Verizon has met its obligation to the city as part of its franchise agreement which said that Verizon would outfit the city with FiOS by 2014. The hearing will feature speakers from the Committee on Technology, the Committee on Oversight and Investigations, the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises as well as Verizon representatives and advocacy groups.