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

Week in research: China dominates GPON spending; Toll fraud malware tracked to 10 Russian groups

The market for 2.5G Gigabit passive optical network equipment totaled $1.4 billion in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), emerging economies that are seeing solid growth in the GPON segment.

Telecom leaders, analysts debate IP transition regulations in Senate hearing

Industry executives and association leaders including Windstream's Jeff Gardner, COMPTEL's Jerry James, and NCTA's Shirley Bloomfield joined analyst Larry Downes and Public Knowledge's Gigi Sohn to testify Thursday in front of the Senate Commerce Committee in a hearing--the fourth in a series--on the impending transition off the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) to IP technologies.

U.S. broadband speeds increase 27 percent, but EU countries lead growth

The United States ranks ninth in average broadband connection speeds worldwide, Akamai said in its quarterly State of the Internet report, but its connection speeds grew 27 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012 and 7.4 percent in Q1 2013.

DukeNet joins ranks of MEF 2.0 certified providers

North Carolina-based fiber provider DukeNet Communications is the latest service provider to be awarded the Metro Ethernet Forum's rigorous Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification.

AT&T hiring 200-plus employees in South Florida

AT&T is opening two new retail locations in Miami and hiring 235 employees for locations between Key West and Vero Beach, the carrier announced Monday.

Hurricane Electric's PoP spree continues with 5th addition in NYC

IP transit provider Hurricane Electric has established a fifth point of presence in New York City at Telx's 111 8th Ave. data center. The new PoP will give Telx customers at that location a number of IPv6 and IPv4 connectivity options that reduce latency and router hops across global IP networks.

Verizon to introduce 500 Mbps FiOS for $310 per month

Updated: Subscribers to Verizon's FiOS service will soon have another speed option available to them: a 500/100 Mbps speed tier starting at $310 a month for a bundled subscription.

FCC approves move to revamp E-rate funding program

The Federal Communications Commission will be seeking comments from the public on the myriad issues revolving around E-rate, the government's 18-year-old subsidy program that brings Internet services to schools and libraries, following a Friday vote in favor of modernizing the program.

Week in research: Network transformation drives telco equipment growth; CPE shipments climb

Despite an economy that continues to be challenging, the telecom and datacom equipment and software market has held steady worldwide. In 2010, it grew 19 percent; in 2011 it saw 7 percent growth; and in 2012 it held steady at $172 billion.

Voice Link isn't the magic bridge off the PSTN; broadband is

Verizon is apparently taking part in the move by incumbent carriers to shift customers away from the PSTN. First with its policy to move "chronic" customers off of copper; then with the deployment of Voice Link, a wireless service targeted at voice-only customers in rural areas where the carrier has not laid fiber.However, the company is now taking it in the teeth over Voice Link's deployment on Fire Island, N.Y.