Verizon Communications is teaming with New York City to test a way to more quickly deploy fiber in the city. According to Bloomberg, this pilot program will use a technique called "micro-trenching" that will allow Verizon to carve shallow grooves in the ground to deploy fiber.
Venerable research magazine Consumer Reports has concluded what service providers have said for years: bundles are the best way to save money when buying telecom services. Of course service providers have also always added the proviso that bundling also glues subscribers to their services—but Consumer Reports really doesn't care about that.
AT&T and Verizon are the two telcos that offer the best bundled service value, according to the latest Consumer Reports survey of the top cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone providers.
Cable overbuilder WideOpenWest dominated a Consumer Reports survey of the top cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone providers. In addition to being ranked the trop triple-play provider, WOW tied Verizon FiOS as the No. 1 TV provider, and it was ranked the second-best phone provider.
It's frustrating for millions of Americans to see Verizon FiOS commercials that whet the appetite for fiber-to-the-home services only to find out the provider has decided not to continue its rollout into their neighborhoods.
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.
Listening to a technological relic--an old cassette tape--spurred thoughts on how telcos are stuck with 20th-century copper infrastructure in a 21st-century world. The prospects for old technology, in the face of demand for IPTV and other services, aren't pretty.
Verizon made it clear to North Baltimore residents during a recent community meeting that it has no plans to bring FiOS service to their area any time soon.
It's not quite a la carte, the so-called Holy Grail of subscription TV, but what Verizon is proposing for its FiOS TV service comes close to breaking the logjam of bundled channels currently clogging pay TV lineups. Call it "faux a la carte."
Susan Crawford paints a bleak picture of the state of U.S. broadband services in her book, " Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age." In it she argues that Internet access is slow and expensive. She is right, to a point. Up until now, the cost of deploying broadband, particularly given U.S. demographics, density, and reliance on private market forces, might have led to a natural monopoly or duopoly. On the landline side it is cable and FiOS winning the battle, and in wireless, Verizon and AT&T have some 75 percent of 4G subscribers.