ORLANDO, Fla.--Jonathan Chambers, chief of the FCC's office of strategic planning and policy, didn't come to the Genband Perspectives 14 conference to make waves. Rather, he kicked off his keynote speech with a walk down memory lane and ended it with a plea for telecom-industry professionals to help the underserved.
Residences' move from viewing broadcast TV to Internet TV and businesses' pervasive use of rich multimedia content and cloud services are forcing service providers to re-architect their metro networks. The resulting network designs are bringing network content and intelligence closer to end-users.
Windstream told investors that the broadband stimulus awards it received from the USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will enable it to reach 75,000 rural households that up until now have had no broadband service.
Being bundled with broadband high-speed data will boost AT&T U-verse television going into the second quarter of the fiscal year, the carrier predicted in an update on its Project VIP network investment. The bundle, in fact, "reinforces the strategic rationale of AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV," the company said.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a change in the technical definition of the term broadband, increasing the threshold from its current level of 4 megabits per second to somewhere between 10 Mbps to 25 Mbps.
TDS Telecom is giving its Hollis, N.H., broadband customers more to smile about as it is now offering a 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service, the first town in its territory to get the service.
AT&T is feeling encouraged by its initial rollout of its 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband service and a more favorable permitting process from local communities.
Cincinnati Bell's Fioptics fiber-based broadband continued its successful run in the first quarter of 2014 as revenues rose 43 percent year-over-year to $31 million.
The FCC's E-rate program has committed $450 million to support funding for libraries and schools, which it says is six times the amount approved last year by program administrator Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
DirecTV reported a 4 percent year-over-year revenue improvement in the first quarter when, worldwide, the satellite provider brought in $7.86 billion. But earnings per share fell to $1.09 compared to $1.20 a year previously, below analysts' estimates, as net income fell to $561 million.