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
Google Fiber has started building its gigabit fiber network in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. The company announced the construction on Twitter showing photos of crews digging and burying fiber in those two cities.
Although the optical equipment market is becoming increasingly fractured between companies that are focused on one of three markets--traditional service providers, competitive service providers or Internet content providers--three companies are leading the way. According to the 2015 IHS Infonetics Optical Network Hardware Vendor scorecard, which profiles the top vendors in this space, Ciena, Cisco and Infinera have the strongest market presence and momentum.
The FCC voted to reboot and modernize the Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program by adding broadband service to the mix and having a third party establish eligibility for the program, which is intended to provide discounted telecom services to low-income consumers. The vote was 3-2, with Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly dissenting.
Level 3 and Cogent Communications are scoring peering deals thanks to the enactment of the FCC's Open Internet Order, which went into effect on Friday, June 12, according to Wells Fargo Securities Senior Analyst Jennifer Fritzsche. And those peering deals will likely have a positive impact on both companies' bottom lines.
A survey from the NTCA-Rural Broadband Association found that rural Americans are seeing significant progress in getting access to high-speed broadband service.
An audit conducted by New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has found that Verizon Communications failed to deliver on its promise to provide fiber-optic service for television and broadband to anyone who wants them by 2014.
FairPoint union workers will picket the company's headquarters today in Portland, Maine, to protest FairPoint's plans to lay off more than 200 employees in northern New England. FairPoint announced in May that it was going to lay off nearly 260 workers across its 17-state footprint and that the majority of the layoffs would occur in its northern New England territory.
Meta Mesh, a Pittsburgh startup, is hoping to bring free wireless broadband service to neighborhoods through its PittMesh network, which lets anyone join the network using consumer-grade, off-the-shelf Wi-Fi hardware.
Hawaiian Telecom will light up 1-Gig service in the Hawaiian islands next week, doubling the 500 Mbps broadband service that its customers can currently access. The company said that it has invested nearly $500 million in building its fiber network and systems and in 2015 it will invest about $100 million in the effort. Hawaiian Telcom's FTTP service will be available in about 96,000 locations initially and more will be added as the company expands its 1-Gig footprint.
Fresh off its 70 percent acquisition of cable company Suddenlink Communications, French telecom firm Altice may already be looking at its next U.S. target: Verizon Communications' residential wireline business, including FiOS TV.