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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
Canada's large incumbent telcos, including Telus, Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and others, must continue to provide special access to competitive carriers for wholesale services--and now must make their fiber networks available, too, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled.
America Movil profits miss expectations at $895M as currency fluctuations, slowing wireline take toll
Citing slow growth in Mexico and a "soft patch" for the U.S. economy at the start of the second quarter, America Movil saw its profits drop by 25.4 percent year over year to $895 million (14.05 billion pesos). Consolidated revenues were $13.8 billion (220 billion pesos), up 1.5 percent from the same period last year.
The recent Supreme Court ruling that ensured continues implementation of the Affordable Care Act also lifts a potential barrier to investment in healthcare technologies by insurers and healthcare providers. That could mean a melding of new health technologies with smart home tech, a Parks Associates report posits.
Continuing the 1 Gbps network rollout it started in Austin, Texas, AT&T said it has expanded its U-verse with GigaPower service to several communities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The expansion brings the number of cities with GigaPower to 12, with five more cities slated to receive the service.
Despite the emergence of next-generation video services, the pay-TV market is still going strong. ABI Research said in a recent report that worldwide, pay TV has penetrated almost half of all homes, and should reach 1 billion homes by 2017.
As CenturyLink looks to build its revenue back into profitability, R. Stewart Ewing, the carrier's executive vice president and chief financial officer, said that he sees three opportunities to add $140 million to $150 million to its profit in the second half of 2015.
How did the nation's top wireless carriers stack up against each other in terms of metrics? According to Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson, T-Mobile dominated postpaid phone growth when it came to net additions. But smartphones aren't where the growth is for wireless. Why are postpaid tablets and connected device sales on the rise? Take a look at the numbers, and Dawson's analysis, in this FierceWireless special report.
Hibernia Networks has locked in a deal with Zayo Group that will give Zayo customers a secure, high-speed extension to Europe as part of the new Hibernia Express transatlantic cable currently being deployed. As the first high-speed fiber optic cable that's been laid between Europe in North America in more than 12 years, the cable will provide 100 Gbps transmission capacity between the two continents.
AT&T's Stephenson: Google Fiber 'changed the game' for broadband buildout, but Title II rules could stall efforts
While AT&T's deployment of 1 Gbps fiber in Austin, Texas, is going well, Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of the carrier, credits Google with making the rollout a commercial success. "When Google went into Kansas City and Austin, it changed the game for the industry … in a very peculiar way," he said at a Boston investor conference Monday.
Verizon may get some landline relief in New Jersey: The state's utilities commission will likely move this week to lift some pricing regulations around basic residential telephone service, making it possible for the carrier to raise its rates for POTS (plain old telephone service) as much as 36 percent--and possibly higher, in time.