This week, FierceTelecom takes a look at five contenders in the municipal broadband space. It wasn't easy to pick just five--a growing number of communities are taking on the broadband challenge, building out or planning fiber networks to serve residents and attract more businesses. But the cost of this buildout can be crippling for cities, some critics say. Is it worth the cost?
AT&T did not take too long to respond to Google Fiber's much anticipated move to make Austin the next stop on its fiber network train, saying it will bring 1 Gbps service to the city, too. But can the carrier realistically do such a thing?
It has been a busy year for the major U.S. telcos--AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink--and their wireline union workers. Two of the main unions, including the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), that represent wireline employees are either in the midst of negotiating new contracts or have finalized deals.
Plenty has already been written about last week's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack targeting the servers of Spamhaus, an organization that fights email spam. With the event past, one remaining point is that the attack, which flooded exchange points with data at a rate of 300 Gbps, is the beginning of large-scale DDoS campaigns using shifting tactics to exploit infrastructure vulnerabilities.
In observance of Good Friday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing tomorrow. We'd like to wish you a happy Easter weekend. We'll back in your inbox on Monday.
This week FierceTelecom offers a new feature chronicling the performance of the top four ILECs--AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and Windstream--in the Ethernet market. Each of these incumbent players come to the market with a diverse set of services and approaches.
Verizon had a decent year for FiOS, adding 607,000 Internet subscribers and 553,000 video subscribers to its net total. It's sticking to its plan to build those subscription numbers in the areas where it already has deployed FiOS. But Verizon, which halted new deployments of its fiber product last year, needs to bite the bullet and restart its rollout.
These days, many wireline-centric providers say they're challenging the telecom market or innovating, but how many of them really stand out from the pack? In our new feature, "The Contenders," we take a closer look at five companies that are walking the walk.
Ethernet over Copper (EoC) is the talk of the town at this year's Spring COMPTEL event, and FierceTelecom is addressing this service trend in its latest special report. We are also on hand at the Spring COMPTEL event covering all of the relevant news and trends taking place at the show.