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
The Communications Workers of America union, which represents wireline employees for telcos including AT&T and Verizon, gave mixed reviews to the FCC's newly adopted Tech Transitions Order, which includes action to streamline telecom providers' requests to discontinue legacy voice services.
Broadband equipment vendor Adtran saw its income leap year-over-year in the second quarter, but according to CEO Tom Stanton, 2017 could prove even bigger as carriers in the U.S. and Europe increase equipment and service orders, and technologies like G.fast and software-defined networking (SDN) begin to roll out commercially.
Cisco is fine-tuning its network security portfolio, announcing several new products at its Cisco Live event that it says improve and simplify security within network infrastructure as well as at endpoints, utilizing the cloud.
It's election season, and as the two leading candidates gear up for their parties' respective national conventions, wireless providers including AT&T and Verizon are prepping for two events that are suddenly much more high-profile than they may have anticipated several months ago.
AT&T is continuing its shift into competitive mode when it comes to gigabit services, and is moving forward with its deployment of GigaPower into Louisville, Kentucky. Local news sources reported sighting the carrier's around the city, with AT&T confirming that its technicians are installing fiber in various neighborhoods.
Current XO Communications business services customers that want to continue using its Ethernet over Copper services after Verizon takes over the company's assets may be able to do so -- depending on several factors. That's according to a Verizon filing with the FCC that addresses how it will deal with legacy infrastructure following the acquisition.
With the Federal Communications Commission proposing a streamlined process for migrating legacy, copper-based voice services to newer IP-based infrastructure, incumbent telcos including AT&T and CenturyLink are hoping to guide that process a bit.
Texas-based enterprise fiber voice and data provider Logix has been officially acquired by Astra Capital Management, a D.C.-based equity firm co-founded by Grande Communications veteran Matt Murphy. The deal, announced in November, closed this week.
Incumbent provider CenturyLink said it wants to work with the Federal Communications Commission on its proposed changes to special access pricing, but has a few opinions on specific matters set out by the FCC in early May. Those matters include wireless backhaul and the method by which competition in various markets is determined – including cable competitors.
Municipal broadband was the driving force behind Chattanooga's economic revival over the past few years, according to Mayor Andy Berke. A drop in unemployment, a sustained rise in wages and a boost in the manufacturing and tech sectors have all taken place over the last three years, and the city is seeing a minor boom in tech startups.