CenturyLink is continuing its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises drive, announcing that it is now offering service to a number of new multi-tenant unit buildings in parts of Houston.
Bell Canada is on track with its fiber-based broadband expansion plans, with plans to reach nearly 3 million locations by the end of the year. CEO George Cope said that the provider will continue to aggressively build out a mix of FTTH and fiber-to-the-node as part of its broader broadband expansion plan.
Windstream has named Sugar Land, Texas, as the third market for its Kinetic IPTV service. The provider will offer its service to over 30,000 homes beginning in the second quarter, laying a new challenge to incumbent video provider Comcast.
As broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, Google Fiber and others compete to bring 1 Gbps and higher speeds into more U.S. communities, the need for a somewhat futureproof solution to consumer and business demand is growing. These providers need to take a look at G.fast, which can accelerate broadband over existing copper pairs, a research analyst said.
As Cincinnati Bell continues to scale its Fioptics broadband customer base, the telco is realizing that customers are turning toward online sources to get their video service because they can choose the content they want to pay for. Its new Fioptics MyTV service is a response to that trend, one that the provider hopes will keep subscribers in the IPTV fold.
AT&T is expanding its 1 Gbps FTTH presence in parts of four markets, a likely response to Comcast's move to expand its gigabit broadband footprint via DOCSIS 3.1 technology.
Comcast plans to bring its DOCSIS 3.1-enabled gigabit broadband services to five markets this year, boosting a challenge to AT&T's ongoing FTTH program.
Lumos Networks may be focusing more of its attention on wireless backhaul and business customers, but the service provider's move to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to Botetourt County, Va., shows it has responded to the Tier 2 market need for higher speed broadband.
Toronto ISP Beanfield Metroconnect has laid a challenge at the feet of area incumbents like Bell Canada, Rogers and Shaw, launching a symmetrical 1 Gbps FTTH service for its residential customers for about $70.25 (CAD $100) a month, "with no bandwidth restrictions, no usage caps, no overages, and no installation fees."
Tony Tomae, chief revenue officer for FairPoint, is going to be leaving the company at the end of the month as part of a company-wide reorganization effort.