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.
AT&T is bringing its 1 Gbps FTTH U-verse with GigaPower service to Durham, N.C., a market where it currently does not operate as a wireline provider, laying a challenge to incumbent provider Frontier Communications and eventually Google Fiber.
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.
Google Fiber has launched a plan to deliver Internet access to low-income residents in all of its FTTH markets as part of the Obama administration's ConnectHome initiative.
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.
Hawaiian Telcom in June became the latest in a string of telcos to introduce a 1 Gbps service. And like its fellow mainland telcos such as CenturyLink it, too, is seeing the phones ring for all of its broadband service tiers.
Verizon may be keen on migrating more customers off its aging copper network onto fiber, but that transition is creating new battle for some customers that still want to retain a copper-based POTS line.
Cable MSO Suddenlink has begun offering its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to customers in its 16-state footprint that includes Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
A number of Windstream's customers in Alabama aren't happy about the wireline DSL speeds they are getting from Windstream, and they are suing the company in the hopes the telco will respond by upgrading its wireline infrastructure.