Comcast is beginning a 1 Gbps advanced trial for residential and business customers in Atlanta, laying a competitive challenge to Google Fiber with its own similarly priced 1 Gbps service. But while the cable MSO is following Google's pricing scheme, it's not without a catch.
Google Fiber is facing yet another battle over utility pole access in California's desirable Silicon Valley with AT&T and Comcast, who say that the service provider has no right to access those facilities.
TDS says it has resolved a network outage that affected its broadband and IPTV customers in several states that began yesterday.
AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and other top telcos lost about 185,000 subscribers in 2015-- the first year where telcos saw net broadband subscriber losses – while cable took a comfortable lead with 3.3 million new broadband customers.
AT&T and CenturyLink are finding that while their FTTH rollouts enable them to offer up to 1 Gbps speeds to consumers, their builds can be a weapon to more effectively battle cable on the small to medium business (SMB) front.
Google Fiber has struck deals with Oregon utility companies Portland General Electric and Pacific Power to get access to their poles to install fiber, overcoming a major barrier to deploy FTTH services in the state.
Hawaiian Telcom continues to extend its 1 Gbps GPON-based fiber broadband service to more residential customers, but the service provider is also seeing an opportunity to battle Time Warner Cable for small business customers.
AT&T's ongoing FTTH rollout may be designed to provide consumers and businesses with higher speeds, but the service provider is seeing additional benefits from build.
Hawaiian Telcom is taking charge of its next-gen broadband rollout, passing an additional 7,000 Oahu households with FTTH in the fourth quarter to bring its total to 190,000.
Lumos Networks may be mulling how to break itself into two separate companies-- the metro fiber company and its rural local exchange carrier operation-- but the provider continues to make progress with expanding its FTTP-based broadband customer base.