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.
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.
As Charter Communications moves forward with its pending $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, USTelecom is concerned that the deal and other consolidation in the cable market could impede broadband competition for ILECs and other competitors.
Hawaiian Telcom is making progress with its FTTH initiative, making it possible for nearly 60 percent of homes in Oahu to get the 1 Gbps speed tier while eyeing new technologies such as G.fast and VDSL2 to increase speeds on its copper network. Regarding the sub headline and first sentence, as Scott said on the call, ~60% of our enabled homes are FTTH (so 60% of the 183K homes that we've enabled on Oahu). I just don't want people to misinterpret that with 60% of total census households on Oahu (~300K homes).- Also I think Scott said that ultimately we'll enable 230K-235K homes on Oahu (no definite timeframe), though the bulk of it will be done by early 2017. So in your fourth paragraph if you could take out "early 2017" that'd be great!
Frontier may be seeing its broadband base continue to grow, but the service provider saw churn rise during the third quarter due to seasonal trends and customers dropping voice services and moving out of territory.
BT is moving forward with its strategy to get ultra-fast broadband technology deployed in select parts of the United Kingdom in the near future. The carrier is working with Alcatel-Lucent on a consumer test of G.fast, a technology that can enable broadband speeds up to 330 Mbps over copper, in Gosforth, located in northeast England.
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a "Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act" that will use a "dig once" policy to link broadband deployment to federal highway projects. According to a Federal Highway Administration estimate about 90 percent of the cost of deploying fiber comes from digging up and replacing roads.
Cable One has announced an across-the-board, $5-a-month increase in residential broadband services.
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.
When it comes to wireline broadband speeds, consumers now expect that a minimum of 10 Mbps should be the requirement to support their experience in surfing the web or downloading video or music.