A group of mayors in New York have joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in their current union labor negotiations with Verizon Communications, while asking the telco to bring its fiber-to-the-home FiOS service to their communities.
AT&T reported losing 22,000 U-verse video customers during the second quarter, a reversal of the 190,000 customer additions the carrier reported during the same quarter a year ago. Conversely, AT&T's rival Verizon reported it added 26,000 net FiOS video subscribers during the period.
Delivering the first update on its groundbreaking "skinny bundling" strategy in nearly three months, Verizon said around 9,000 new subscribers signed on for its FiOS Custom TV video bundles.
Verizon reported that while it continued to see an uptick in customers purchasing its 75 Mbps Quantum speed tiers, overall FiOS growth slowed during the second quarter of 2015.
Verizon said it only added 26,000 net FiOS video subscribers in the second quarter, a figure that potentially indicates sluggish progress for the overall pay-TV industry during the period.
Verizon has introduced a new 100 Mbps symmetrical speed tier for its FiOS Quantum service in New York Metro area, a move to lure broadband consumers away from Time Warner Cable and Cablevision where it has built out its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) platform.
Verizon has taken another step towards reaching its goal to transition 200,000 copper customers onto fiber this year, saying in an FCC filing that it had transitioned 60 retail POTS voice customers onto fiber in Pennsylvania.
NTCA, an industry forum focused on rural telcos, says that the FCC should not place larger mandates on service providers, because the fact that many consumers shift to using cell phones during power outages shows that they don't see standby power for voice service a priority.
Verizon's troubles in New York City continue to mount as Mayor Bill de Blasio is requiring City Hall to approve any business local agencies do with the service provider, a measure focused on getting it to fulfill its goal to wire the city with FiOS FTTP service.
Verizon may have dropped its home automation unit, but it appears that the service is quietly finding new life with Nexia, Ingersoll Rand's home automation division--so quietly, in fact, that even the carrier's customer service reps have reportedly been caught by surprise.