Sean Buckley

Biography for Sean Buckley

Sean Buckley is the senior editor of FierceTelecom. He joined the FierceTelecom staff in July 2009 and is responsible for covering news and trends in the wireline section of the telecom industry. Before joining the FierceTelecom staff, Sean most recently served as the Editor-in-Chief for Telecom Engine from 2006 to 2009 overseeing both the former print publication Telecommunications Magazine Americas and its transition to a web-based publication. Sean returned to Telecommunications in July 2006 after a brief one-year stint covering the public sector IT and mobile network infrastructure trends as a senior analyst at Current Analysis. In addition to writing about wireline industry trends, Sean enjoys playing with his two sons, reading history books, watching the Celtics, and listening to Grateful Dead concerts on Sirius Satellite Radio. Sean works out of his home office Dracut, Mass., and can be reached at sbuckley@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceTelecom on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Articles by Sean Buckley

North Carolina governor sets universal broadband access goal for 2021

Pat McCrory, the governor of North Carolina, has set an ambitious broadband goal: universal statewide access by 2021. As of this year, McCrory claims that nearly 65 percent of the state's classrooms have access to a broadband connection and that number will increase to 100 percent by 2018.

Google throws support behind alternative set-top proposal

Google is showing support for a pay-TV group's recently proposed alternative to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal.

Verizon virtualization drive will reduce capex, boost network builds, says research firm

Verizon may be less vocal than AT&T about its SDN and NFV transition, but with plans to have all of its relevant network functions in a virtual environment by the end of 2018, it's clear that this transition is a top priority for the telco. 

Google Fiber granted 82 fiber hut permits in Charlotte, North Carolina

Google Fiber is progressing with its FTTH build in Charlotte, North Carolina as the service provider has been granted 82 permits for aerial and underground network facilities.

Cleareon establishes dark fiber presence in Digital Realty's NYC data center facilities

Cleareon, an emerging dark fiber provider, has expanded its network to include Digital Realty's "NYC Trifecta" by establishing points of presence in Digital Realty's NYC1, NYC2 and NYC3 data centers.

CenturyLink furthers SDN transition with new SD-WAN service

CenturyLink has made another step in its virtualization journey by introducing a new fully managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution.

Frontier hires Stein to lead Southeast region following rocky Verizon assets transition

Frontier has appointed Matt Stein as VP of Southeast region marketing, marking the latest in a series of appointments it has made to bolster leadership in the regions the telco entered through its purchase of Verizon properties. Consumers and business suffered downtime immediately following the cutover of those assets to Frontier.

As AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink migrate to SDN, reliability and service agility are top priorities

At the recent TIA 2016 trade show, a group of service providers including CenturyLink, Verizon and XO Communications gathered on a stage to talk about transitioning to SDN and NFV. What was striking about the panel was how all three operators were concerned about making SDN and NFV reliably work in their networks.

FCC's Wheeler: Lack of backhaul competition could delay 5G wireless deployments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says as wireless operators hone their 5G plans, which will leverage higher band frequencies, there will be a need for more cost effective wireline-based backhaul solutions.

Altice's Cablevision acquisition expands 1 Gbps, business capabilities

Altice is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator as it completed its $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision, making it a powerhouse provider of residential broadband and business services.