COMPTEL: Broadband competition is intertwined with ability to offer video service

COMPTEL said in a new FCC filing that its wireline broadband members like Google Fiber and Windstream need access to fairly priced video content in order to drive new choices for consumers.

AT&T challenges Time Warner Cable, Comcast as San Antonio's largest broadband overbuilder

AT&T's upcoming launch of its 1 Gbps FTTH service next week in San Antonio illustrates that the service provider has become a major overbuilder challenger to the city's cable operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Frontier pushes into OTT video market with FreedomTV offering

Frontier has finally gone public with its OTT video plans, announcing its new FreedomTV service to target consumers who don't want to purchase a linear TV service.

Cox to accelerate Gigabit broadband plans via DOCSIS 3.1 in 2017

Cox Communications is getting ready to move forward with its DOCSIS 3.1 lab and field trials in 2016 with plans to begin formal deployments in 2017.

CenturyLink adds app providing mobile access to business UC tools

CenturyLink is tuning into the growing mobile nature of its business customers with its Business Communicator app, allowing customers to connect their VoIP users to their unified communications services from computers and devices.

Tennessee says FCC can't preempt state laws governing municipal broadband services

Tennessee is not giving up on its anti-municipal broadband stance, saying in a lawsuit that the FCC can't overturn laws that limit municipal broadband growth in its state.

AT&T to bring 75 Mbps U-verse tier to four additional Texas markets

AT&T has made its 75 Mbps service available in four more Texas markets, scaling it to over 70 markets across 21 states.

Dish Networks channel chief DeFilippes looks to fix its third-party integrator relationships

Home automation services may have great potential for service providers to gain incremental revenue, but the reality is that home automation contractors and pay-TV installers have never had the greatest relationship.

Frontier adds all Nest automation products in bid to strengthen broadband customer bond

Frontier has taken another step forward in its home automation drive, announcing support for Nest's Nest Cam and Nest Protect for qualifying broadband customers.

Cogent, Ortega part ways over sales, compensation strategy; Bubeck to fill in

Ernie Ortega, Cogent's chief revenue officer and VP of global sales, will leave the company, reportedly over a disagreement with CEO Dave Schaeffer related to strategy and compensation for part of the provider's sales force.

Fiber cut disrupts Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless service in North Carolina

Verizon Wireless and Time Warner Cable customers in central North Carolina were left without service for nearly seven hours on Monday after a construction accident cut a fiber cable in Raleigh.

Cable operators taking greater share of large businesses, says analyst firm

U.S. cable operators may not have the established brand recognition of large telcos in the business space, but that's starting to change as providers like Comcast have made gains in providing voice and data to businesses with over 100 employees during the past two years.

Wheeler: Rural areas are falling behind the broadband curve

Despite ongoing efforts by Tier 3 ILECs to bring broadband to more of their serving territories, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says that a large amount of rural areas still can't get access to any broadband service.

Zayo's Caruso: Dark fiber is one of our highest margin businesses

Zayo continues to see new opportunities to sell dark fiber, a service that has become a key requirement to participate in the wireless backhaul market segment. According to the company's estimates, dark fiber is among its highest EBITDA margin businesses and will represent 30 percent of its overall revenues.

Cox sues Tempe, Ariz., says city gave Google Fiber concessions

As Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) looks to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to consumers and businesses in Tempe, Ariz. it is facing a new legal fight with cable Cox Communications. In a lawsuit filed...

Verizon serves up 100 Mbps symmetrical FiOS tier, cuts 150 Mbps pricing

Verizon may be in the process of selling off its wireline assets in Florida to Frontier, but its move to offer new and existing FiOS customers that reside in the Tampa Bay region a 100 Mbps symmetrical speed tier shows the telco still sees value in its FTTH product line.

Cowen: Comcast's new business services unit could prompt purchase of Level 3

Comcast Business' creation of a new unit focusing on large businesses has raised speculation that it could purchase Level 3 Communications as a way to gain a national fiber footprint. 

PON equipment sales drive broadband access market in Q2 2015, says research firm

Service providers' ongoing FTTH deployments that incorporate passive optical networking (PON) have driven the worldwide broadband access market to $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2015, says Dell'Oro Group in a new report.

Sprint, Windstream, industry groups applaud public availability of special access data

Sprint, Windstream and a host of industry groups have come out in support of the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau's decision to make industry data gathered about special access services available for public review.

Level 3's Storey: Comcast's large business unit may enable new wholesale opportunities

Level 3 Communications isn't afraid of Comcast's recent creation of a new division to serve the complex wholesale segment, and sees potential wholesale service sales opportunities with the cable MSO, according to an executive.