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.
TDS Telecom's One Neck IT Solutions subsidiary, which provides managed IT services and colocation, reported that revenues rose 77 percent to $63.1 million, up year-over-year from $28 million the same period a year ago.
AT&T reportedly talked to DirecTV recently about a merger. The potential move, valued at more than $40 billion, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Cable industry's top executives bemoaned the ongoing authentication issues that plague TV Everywhere apps, complained about rising programming costs, and admitted to the growing threat of OTT players. However, they also said that without the underlying broadband infrastructure of the cable companies, OTT players cannot succeed.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's proposal to expand broadband services in rural areas suffered a major setback as the state's House of Representatives voted against the bill, reports The Des Moines Register.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in a unanimous vote said it is okay for Verizon to serve non-fibered areas of the state with DSL or mobile wireless. The deal clarifies Verizon's obligations under a 20-year-old pledge to provide broadband service throughout New Jersey and leaves some rural communities on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Frontier Communications has invested more than $326 million, including $80 million in 2013, upgrading its network facilities New York over the past three years to improve consumer broadband and enhance the availability of Ethernet to more businesses.
TDS Telecom has put the final touches on a broadband stimulus project near Au Train and Chatham in Michigan, bringing service to nearly 1,300 homes thanks to an $8.6 million United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) grant.
Frontier Communications has made another step in developing a presence in the emerging smart home market segment with the debut of its new Wi-Fi-based video monitoring service.