Whether it's becoming more available thanks to copper to fiber migrations, or whether consumers are just finding more reasons to buy, broadband was a big plus for cable and telephone service providers in the first quarter of 2014, Leichtman Research Group found.
U.S. multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) saw one of their strongest periods in the first quarter of 2014, adding a total of 202,670 customers.
Picture some 17,000 miles of fiber-optic cabling--equaling six trips between New York City and Los Angeles--and you'll have some idea of how much infrastructure Verizon Communications has installed in the Big Apple. That infrastructure includes interoffice and backbone network equipment, specialized fiber for large enterprises, and consumer and SMB FiOS services.
Verizon is revising its FiOS buildout plan in Washington, D.C., from nine years to 10 years, which it says is within its rights under a franchise agreement it filed with the D.C. Office of Cable Television (OCT), reports FierceCable.
The growth of competitive wireline television services in two U.S. markets has taken an interesting turn: In Washington, D.C., Verizon said it would change a nine-year FiOS rollout plan to 10 years. And in San Francisco, citizens are getting some legislative support in a battle against AT&T's placement of cabinets necessary to deliver U-verse service.
Verizon plans to complement its growing set of higher Quantum FiOS Internet speeds with a new Wi-Fi router that will support the multiple wireless devices consumers are using in their homes to access the Internet and other content.
Verizon is appealing to new potential FiOS subscribers with a new $50 video, broadband promotional bundle, but customers will need to be prepared for the price jump when the promotional period ends.
Even as management has "done some interesting things with FiOS services," Verizon's overall wireline business "lags the major wireline operators such as AT&T, Comcast and Cablevision," a Seeking Alpha analysis has concluded.
Verizon introduced a new loyalty plan earlier this year focused on adding value for FiOS customers called My Rewards+, an initiative designed to recognize a customer's service choice and provide rewards for certain behaviors. Now it appears that it's paying off.
With the rollout of new home video gateways from Arris, Verizon is introducing FiOS Quantum TV as a new brand for its cable programming service.