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 email@example.com. Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Samantha Bookman
After more than two years of discussions and planning, San Jose, California city leaders are poised to approve Google Fiber's plan to install 1 Gbps fiber optic cable across the city. The move would kickstart the fiber giant's strategy to bring its service into Silicon Valley and beyond.
USA Fiber continued its high-speed romp into the Ashburn, Virginia data center region, announcing that it is one of just a few competitive providers to qualify for a Resource Sharing Agreement (RSA) with the State of Maryland. The agreement requires USA Fiber to provide the state dark fiber strands on the path the CLEC is constructing between Ashburn and Baltimore.
The City of Los Angeles will connect its computers and databases to the 100 Gbps California Research and Education Network (CalREN), thanks to an agreement with CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California). Best of all for taxpayers, the connection is being provided at no additional cost.
A sizeable amount of high-band spectrum currently in the FCC's hands is increasingly catching the attention of carriers like AT&T and Verizon, who have lofty 5G ambitions. Where is that spectrum available?
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.