AT&T is not afraid of meeting its ambitious goal to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to an additional 11.7 million locations it agreed to meet as one of the tenets with the FCC to get approval of its DirecTV acquisition.
Cable operators aren't running scared from the 1 Gbps threat made by Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) and a growing base of telcos like AT&T (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), but rather are fighting back with the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, one that Cable Labs says will support 1 Gbps over their existing hybrid fiber coax networks. Read more here.
Google Fiber has gotten approval from Phoenix's City Council to light up its 1 Gbps service in the city, should it decide to come there-- paving a potential new challenge to incumbent telco CenturyLink and cable operator Cox Communications.
Fibrant, Salisbury, N.C.'s municipal broadband operator, has launched a 10 Gbps FTTH service in an effort to up the ante in the emerging Gigabit broadband race.
Suddenlink Communications is deepening its 1 Gbps buildout, extending service to an additional four cities in Texas: Lubbock, Shallowater, Wolfforth and Post. The cable provider's expansion is being made possible through its $250 million investment in network upgrades via its Operation GigaSpeed program, launched last August.
Frontier Communications has received the FCC's approval for its proposed acquisition of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas, clearing an important federal hurdle to complete the company-changing deal.
If you haven't noticed there's some new and perhaps familiar faces appearing on FierceInstaller. In collaboration with my colleagues Dan Frankel, editor of FierceCable, and Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, I am now leading up this publication along with my ongoing daily coverage of the wireline industry segment at FierceTelecom.
CenturyLink said that it has continued to make progress in upgrading its existing copper network in the former Qwest serving territory, making it possible for nearly 50 percent of area non-rural customers to get up to 40 Mbps services.
CenturyLink has promoted Duane Ring to senior vice president of global field operations, overseeing the telco's growing data center and cloud services business lines.
AT&T and CenturyLink's ambitious 1 Gbps FTTH service build outs have become a revenue boom for Dycom Industries, a provider of specialty contracting services to the telecom industry.