Biography for Samantha Bookman
Samantha Bookman is the editor of FierceOnlineVideo and managing editor, Wireline, with FierceMarkets' Telecom group. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the web editor for Horizon House's two trade publications, Telecommunications and Microwave Journal. When not covering the fast-evolving online video ecosystem, she can be found digging through the comics stacks at Outer Limits, hiking, or practicing martial arts. Based in Boston, Mass., Samantha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Samantha Bookman
Members of the Communications Workers of America, one of the two unions whose Verizon workers are on strike, say that replacement workers hired by the telco to handle repairs and installations on its wireline networks are failing to abide by "basic safety practices."
Call it a microcosm of the dilemma faced by rural American towns everywhere: the broadband situation in western Massachusetts, just a couple of hours' drive away from tech hub Boston, is "dismal," the co-author of a new report on last-mile internet access says.
The winds of change continue blowing for the global wireline telecom industry: An International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report sees continued capital expenditures for fiber infrastructure, reaching $144.2 billion between 2014 and 2019, as next-generation technologies and particularly 5G make demands on the wireline network.
Zayo Group is getting increased attention from investment analysts thanks to its ongoing buildout of fiber to the tower and dark fiber, which positions it to benefit from pending deployments of 5G by major operators like AT&T and Verizon.
With Google Fiber planning only to bring its 1 Gbps service into a few targeted apartment communities, and widespread gigabit services by other providers like AT&T months away, the city of San Francisco is exploring how much it would cost to build its own municipal fiber network to serve residents and businesses.
The FCC must continue to work toward the goal of having broadband service accessible to Americans at "reasonably comparable" speeds and prices, Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a Senate committee hearing, where he highlighted rural communities in eastern Kentucky as examples of areas where broadband has brought opportunity and innovation.
How did the pay-TV industry perform in the fourth quarter of 2015? Results in many categories were mixed -- for example, while AT&T and Cox Communications reported the subscriber declines that continue to plague the cable industry, other operators like Comcast said their subscriber numbers rose during the period.
UK telecom giant BT got good news and some not-so-good news as the country's regulator, Ofcom, recommended that it maintain control of its wholesale broadband unit, Openreach. However, the regulator suggested the provider assist its competitors that want to roll out fiber along its existing copper network infrastructure.
Verizon continues to draw complaints about the state of its legacy copper landlines, this time from residents in rural New Jersey who are reporting to their county government about poor voice service quality and even outages during rain or snowstorms.
Consolidated Communications is maintaining its focus on broadband and business services as well as its expansion of metro Ethernet services and new fiber to the tower (FTTT) sites. But revenue increases from these initiatives during the company's fourth quarter may have been dragged down somewhat by continuing declines in voice services and network access revenues as well as subsidies.