Consolidated Communications is aware that the ongoing growth in broadband consumption will lend itself to a usage-based or metered model, but it won't make its move until it sees how other service providers offer such a service structure.
Wireless operators may have blanketed much of their towers with fiber, but Consolidated Communications is still seeing potential in large macro builds and growing potential in small cells.
Consolidated Communications may be an advocate of delivering fiber-based Ethernet to business customers, having connected 221 new on-net buildings in the third quarter, but being a traditional telco it is just as keen to enhance the reach of its Ethernet over Copper (EoC) service set.
As it continues to face high video content costs, Consolidated Communications has been placing greater emphasis on driving up the speeds of its consumer broadband networks.
Consolidated Communications is taking a larger bite out of the cloud services market with a series of new cloud offerings that it will initially offer to businesses that reside in its Sacramento, Calif., and Dallas metro markets.
AT&T has joined fellow Tier 1 telco CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications and others in accepting $427 million annually in phase two of the FCC Connect America Fund (CAF-II) program, allowing it reach 2.2 million rural locations in 18 of the 21 states in its operating territory with broadband services.
Consolidated Communications is seeing the fruits of its ongoing transformation from another Tier 2 provider of voice to a next-gen IP service provider, with a senior executive saying that 80 percent of its revenue comes from broadband and business services.
The FCC has approved four Connect America Fund projects that will receive $11.2 million in funding to deliver broadband services to thousands of consumers in rural areas in five states. The funding is a small component of an overall offering of nearly $1.7 billion that has been paid to carriers as part of the Connect America initiative.
Consolidated Communications may be an advocate of fiber-based 1 Gbps broadband, but in the near-term it continues to see rapid subscriber uptake for existing speed tiers, particularly 100 Mbps.
Consolidated will now begin doing business in the markets it entered through its acquisition of Enventis, an independent telco formerly known HickoryTech, under the Consolidated Communications brand.