Samantha Bookman

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 Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Samantha Bookman

CRTC begins first national broadband study in Canada

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is gathering data from the homes of 4,500 citizens across Canada in a study intended to improve its broadband policymaking by gaining a better understanding of network performance.

Mobile backhaul set to regain momentum, head toward $45B in sales

Sales of equipment used to transport mobile traffic may have plateaued somewhat as LTE deployments near completion, but the need for backhaul isn't going away anytime soon -- and sales will likely climb back onto a growth track, reaching $45 billion worldwide by 2019.

TalkTalk downplays effects of latest cyberattack that affected 'less than' 1.2M customer details

UK telecom service provider TalkTalk released some carefully worded stats on the number of user accounts that were compromised when it was hacked several days ago. The operator said "less than 1.2 million" email addresses, names and phone numbers of its customers were accessed in what it called a sustained cyberattack.

Net neutrality lawsuit delays USF fee decision, Lifeline revamp

The move to extend low-cost broadband services to Lifeline recipients continues to draw controversy, with a lawsuit over net neutrality rules delaying the FCC from making a decision on whether to require Universal Service Fund fees of Internet service providers. Proponents of a proposed low-cost broadband option, meanwhile, are continuing to try and convince the commission to move ahead on the issue.

BT, Alcatel-Lucent expand broadband testing to 2,000 more UK homes

BT is moving forward with its strategy to get ultra-fast broadband technology deployed in select parts of the United Kingdom in the near future. The carrier is working with Alcatel-Lucent on a consumer test of, a technology that can enable broadband speeds up to 330 Mbps over copper, in Gosforth, located in northeast England.

AT&T moves ahead with $19M CAF-II funded expansion in Kansas

AT&T is putting to use $19 million in CAF-II funds over six years to expand its broadband reach in Kansas to 35,000 rural and urban areas, the incumbent carrier announced. The amount is part of an annual $428 million in CAF-II funding that it accepted from the FCC in late August to support broadband buildout efforts in the states in which it operates.

Hawaii pushes for broadband capacity boost to stimulate tech sector growth, innovation

The state of Hawaii has approved $30 million in grants to draw as many as 80,000 high-paying technology sector jobs to the islands over the next 15 years. But the plan could fail without substantial investment in the state's broadband system.

Netflix transitions 100% of IT services into the cloud, citing reliability, ability to scale

By the end of the summer, Netflix will run all of its IT services in the public cloud. The SVOD provider said it is shutting down its last data center soon, the culmination of an initiative that began seven years ago.

Cisco's Robbins 'optimistic' on service provider division's growth

Cisco CEO and Director Charles Robbins sounded an optimistic note on the future of the company's service provider division, saying that its overall growth in the fiscal fourth quarter signals an alignment of the manufacturer's "architectural vision" with that of its customers.

Spending spree: ranking wireless carriers on monthly ad spend

In July, the nation's wireless carriers spent an estimated $183.4 million on TV advertising, down $450,000 from June. Who spent the biggest chunk of that money?