Google's 1 Gbps FTTP service has managed to simultaneously catch the hearts and minds of the lucky residents in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., and the ire of cable operators that dismiss the service as overkill. But it's also the first step to free subscribers from usage-based billing.
The resistance to Verizon's replacement of copper infrastructure with fiber by six NYC landlords, and pushback by some subscribers, isn't entirely surprising. But the move to a fiber-based infrastructure is an important step forward.
The United States and Internet freedom advocates worldwide have sounded the alarm about the WCIT conference being held in Dubai from Dec. 3-14. At stake, they say, is the right to free and unrestricted expression, and the foundation of the Internet itself. But to hear the ITU talk about it, this historic conference is really nothing important.
It's been an interesting quarter for wireline and the telecom industry in general, with M&A activity continuing and traditional telcos swaying toward VDSL solutions. But some new trends have cropped up in the past few months.
For many smaller independent ILECs, which have spent much of their 100-plus year lives selling nothing more than traditional POTS, unified communications for businesses is becoming a new revenue savior. As the PSTN declines, UC could mean the difference between survival or extinction.
I just wanted to wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day.
In our special Best of FierceTelecom 2012 issue, we highlight some of our most popular, most informative and most interesting special reports and interviews that we compiled during the past year.
As the Northeast continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, critics have been quick to point out how vulnerable the communications infrastructure is to giant, unprecedented superstorms. Getting lost in the storm of "what-ifs," however, are the examples and data that showed how resilient and adaptive that infrastructure, and the people responsible for it, could be.
I would like to call your attention to our second annual "Innovators who changed the course of telecom" series. With the consumer's reliance on gaming consoles and wireless devices as well as their expectation of always-available high speed Internet, it's easy to forget the many innovators who laid the foundations that make these applications a reality.
FierceTelecom is taking the time to look at emerging executives in the competitive telecom service provider space in our annual Competitive Provider Leaders feature. As you'll see, we continue to track the ongoing consolidation of the Competitive Local Exchange Company (CLEC) industry.