Broadband proponents hail Google Fiber's buildouts in Kansas City, Austin and Provo as a smart, fast way to get 1 Gbps service into more areas of the United States. But the Internet search giant's potential dominance of the broadband network space may endanger the ideal of open access for other providers.
FiberLight, a Southeastern fiber-centric service provider, has completed the buildout of its new long-haul regional network segment serving Texas' DASH (Dallas-Austin-San Antonio-Houston) market.
Yet another big announcement this week just went official as Google confirmed during a joint community-press session that it will be bringing Google Fiber to Austin, Texas.
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute lit the first segment of its 1,338-route mile MassBroadband 123 network, which will bring services to 51 out of 120 community institutions in the western part of the state.
Upgrading their last-mile networks to fiber to the home helped small- and medium-sized telcos see an average operational cost savings of 20.4 percent annually, a new FTTH Council Americas report said.
Telus has employed Fujitsu as its vendor of choice to implement 100G on its intercity regional networks to meet the ongoing demands from their consumer and business customers.
In his latest column, Jim Barthold of FierceIPTV examines how it's going to be hard for service providers to use "20th Century copper infrastructure trying to serve consumers with state-of-the-art 21st Century devices."
Verizon had a decent year for FiOS, adding 607,000 Internet subscribers and 553,000 video subscribers to its net total. It's sticking to its plan to build those subscription numbers in the areas where it already has deployed FiOS. But Verizon, which halted new deployments of its fiber product last year, needs to bite the bullet and restart its rollout.
Australia's National Broadband Network has suffered a setback with the buildout falling 10 weeks behind schedule due to what it says is a lack of qualified workers and "ambitious" targets.
These days, many wireline-centric providers say they're challenging the telecom market or innovating, but how many of them really stand out from the pack? In our new feature, "The Contenders," we take a closer look at five companies that are walking the walk.