While AT&T and Comcast continue to grab headlines with their 1 and 2 Gbps plans, alternative providers NTS and Tucows' Ting are also hot on the FTTH expansion trail, announcing that they are bringing 1 Gbps service to more areas of Texas and Virginia.
Consolidated Communications is moving ahead with its 1 Gbps FTTH expansion effort, announcing that it launched the service for residents across its existing fiber network in the Houston area market.
CenturyLink is finding that in areas like Omaha, Neb., where it is rolling out its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home services, a growing number of consumers outside of the fiber footprint are purchasing higher speed tiers available on its copper networks.
Consolidated Communications is aware that Google Fiber is a formidable broadband service provider, including the markets where it also offers 1 Gbps broadband, but the century-old telco says that what differentiates them from their new competitor is customer service.
NTS Communications has completed the buildout of a new Gigabit fiber network in Lubbock, Texas, enabling it to provide service to local business customers in serviceable areas, including the city's downtown business district.
TDS Telecom may not be the largest telco, but its ongoing buildout of 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets is helping raise is its overall broadband service provider profile.
Verizon is finding that as more of its customers migrate over to FiOS or it switches copper customers onto a fiber-based voice connection, more of its customers are increasingly using their cell phones as their voice connection during a power outage.
Verizon is giving its small business customers that reside in its FiOS fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) markets a free Internet speed upgrade.
Wave Broadband, an independent provider of 1 Gbps broadband services to communities in Washington and California, has raised $130 million in new capital. The company plans to use the new funds to expand its network into more cities within its existing footprint and launch a set of new residential and business services.
A top Frontier executive sees an opportunity to increase its fiber and copper-based broadband share when it completes its purchase of Verizon's wireline properties in three states later this year.