Outstripping AT&T and Verizon, Comcast and TWC rope in 71% of all new broadband Internet customers

According to new research from Strategy Analytics, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable operators are outpacing AT&T, Verizon and other telco providers in the accumulation of new broadband Internet subscribers. The firm said that during the past twelve months, Comcast and Time Warner Cable accounted for 71 percent of the 3 million Americans who have signed up for broadband Internet service during the period.

CRTC begins first national broadband study in Canada

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is gathering data from the homes of 4,500 citizens across Canada in a study intended to improve its broadband policymaking by gaining a better understanding of network performance.

Facebook testing super-fast Ethernet switch

Facebook is testing the Wedge 100, a super-fast Ethernet switch that has 32 ports and is capable of delivering data at 100-Gig speeds. The switch, which Facebook built, will be used to move data around the company's server farms, according to Jay Parikh, Facebook's global head of engineering and infrastructure, as reported by VentureBeat.

U.K.'s Gigaclear tests ultra-fast 5-Gig service, commercial launch set for 2016

U.K. broadband provider Gigaclear is testing an ultra-fast 5-Gig broadband service that enables customers to download a video in just a few seconds. The company said the 5-Gig service will be commercially available in early 2016 and will cost consumers $610 per month and businesses $2,289 per month.

Report: 77% of school districts in the U.S. have broadband access

The U.S. has made big strides in the past two years in bringing high-speed broadband access to classrooms.  According to an annual report from the nonprofit group EducationSuperHighway, in 2013 only 30 percent of school districts nationwide had broadband access that met the FCC's minimum requirement of 100 Kbps. Today that number has increased to 77 percent.

Verizon says unbundling 64 Kbps voice channels over fiber will impede copper retirement

Verizon has responded to a recent filing made by competitive provider Granite Communications opposing USTelecom's petition for forbearance on providing voice-grade channels on fiber loops, saying it could delay future migrations from copper to fiber.

Taking a deep dive into Verizon's Go90 mobile first video service

Verizon recently introduced its Go90 mobile first video service, and FierceWireless has taken a deep dive into the many elements that made it become reality in its new feature, Inside the creation of Verizon's Go90.

Frontier, Duke Energy ask FCC to dismiss pole attachment suit

Frontier has overcome another hurdle in its pole attachment battle in North Carolina as the telco and Duke Energy have asked the FCC to dismiss a pole attachment complaint that the telco filed in January 2014.

Nelnet challenges Windstream, TWC in Lincoln, Neb. with new 1 Gbps service

Lincoln, Neb.-based NeInet is looking to shake up the city's cable and telco broadband duopoly of Windstream and Time Warner Cable with plans to offer a 1 Gbps FTTH service for residential customers.

CWA accuses Alcatel-Lucent of stealing Lucent retirees' health care funds

The Communications Workers of America union has filed a request with the U.S. District Court in New Jersey to get a temporary restraining order against Alcatel-Lucent over claims that the French company plans to use money for retirees' health care to cover its own pension funding obligations.

FairPoint lights up 1 Gbps service for Portsmouth, N.H. customers

FairPoint Communications has entered the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises game, announcing that it will deliver the higher speed service in Portsmouth, N.H., and a number of nearby communities over its existing last-mile network.

Your experience may vary: AT&T, FairPoint, Verizon network differences drive latency, other performance issues

With a bevy of choices available to get broadband service, consumers and businesses are more closely looking at wireline operators' network performance. We take a look at how the top providers fared in terms of network latency, throughput and availability during the third quarter.

Verizon, Consolidated take lead in Q3 network latency, throughput and availability, while FairPoint and Frontier lag

How well a service provider's network performs is due to factors including availability, throughput and latency. These factors have a direct impact on how operators serve businesses and consumers. FierceTelecom, through a new partnership with Cedexis, a provider of Internet measurement and real-time performance optimization solutions, hopes to shed some light on how the top five U.S. wireline networks performed in terms of latency, throughput and availability.

Crown Castle could acquire fiber assets to bolster its small cell backhaul capabilities, says research firm

As Crown Castle looks to gain a larger foothold in the burgeoning small cell market it's clear that the provider will have to bolster its fiber network by purchasing other smaller fiber providers, a research firm said.

FCC's Pai: USF rules hamper rural providers' broadband investments

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai remains concerned that there are too many rules in place that make it difficult for rural service providers to invest in their networks to deliver higher speed broadband services.

Tower Cloud adds 25K fiber miles in Augusta, Ga. to accommodate wireless backhaul contract

Tower Cloud is on the network expansion trail again, adding 25,350 fiber miles (or 236 route miles) to its network to satisfy a new backhaul contract with one of the top four wireless operators serving Augusta, Ga., and other nearby cities.

Cox Business serves up small cell solution for wireless operators

Cox Business is taking advantage of the emerging small cell opportunity with a new turnkey service that it says will enable wireless operators to deploy small cells to extend coverage and capacity.

AT&T, Verizon, telcos bled nearly 140K broadband subs in Q3 2015

AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink may still be dominant broadband players, but their broadband empires were challenged in the third quarter.

EE, Vodafone UK and Three UK give users multiple Wi-Fi calling choices

While voice over Wi-Fi has existed in various formats, the key challenge for mobile operators is that, like VoIP and other over the top voice technologies, they can't control these services.

CenturyLink connects over 300 data centers with fiber

CenturyLink may be considering options for the future of its data center business, but regardless of its choice the service provider has connected its fiber network to a total of 300 third-party data centers.