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 sbookman@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Samantha Bookman

CenturyLink sounds off on special access debate, wants cable operators included as competition

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.

Chattanooga's 'explosion' of tech growth driven by gigabit municipal fiber, mayor says

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.

Ciena powers trial of 300 Gbps transmission via coherent optical modulation

Ciena's WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset was a key component of a successful trial to transmit 300 Gbps capacity using coherent optical modulation. The trial results were announced at this week's TNC16 Networking Conference.

Cisco's famed 'spin-in' team departs, hinting at internal turmoil

A week after a management shakeup at Cisco, four key product development executives are resigning, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal memo circulated by the company's CEO Chuck Robbins. Senior Vice Presidents Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero and Soni Jiandani are departing in the wake of a reorganization that shifted all but Jiandani into adviser roles.

Google Fiber, San Jose on verge of signing off on 1 Gbps install plan

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 gains access to Maryland right of way assets through resource sharing agreement

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.

Los Angeles connects massive database to CalREN, making smart cities info available to researchers

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.

AT&T, Verizon, others look to high-band spectrum to clear a path to 5G

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?

CWA union claims Verizon temps are endangering citizens with shoddy wireline work

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."

Massachusetts government stymies WiredWest municipal broadband initiative, report says

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.