The FCC plans to extend mandatory reporting on service outages to submarine cable systems by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking during its monthly meeting in September.
Hawaiian Telcom will take $26 million in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) funding to extend 10/1 Mbps capable broadband service to over 11,000 unserved rural locations. With a focus on neighbor islands in Hawaii, the telco is now working on a deployment timeline for the six-year period, beginning in 2015 through 2020.
Hawaiian Telcom has been making strides with its FTTH rollout, extending service to a total of 175,000 homes in the second quarter.
Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more service providers and content providers continue to purchase capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, coming close to $30 million in sales.
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.
Fiber cuts that occurred on Level 3 and Zayo's fiber backbone networks in the San Francisco Bay area on Tuesday are now under investigation by the FBI. These latest fiber cuts, reports USA Today, are just one of 11 physical attacks that have taken place in the area's networks over the past year.
Hawaiian Telcom has named Scott Barber, who currently serves as the telco's COO, as its new president and CEO, taking over the reins from Eric Yeaman, who is leaving the company.
A 1 Gbps FTTH service may be enticing in terms of the nearly ubiquitous speed it provides, but it's hardly a fit for most consumers. Instead, a number of ILECs--including CenturyLink, Consolidated and TDS Telecom--are finding that their 1 Gbps buildouts are creating a broadband "halo effect."
Hawaiian Telecom will light up 1-Gig service in the Hawaiian islands next week, doubling the 500 Mbps broadband service that its customers can currently access. The company said that it has invested nearly $500 million in building its fiber network and systems and in 2015 it will invest about $100 million in the effort. Hawaiian Telcom's FTTP service will be available in about 96,000 locations initially and more will be added as the company expands its 1-Gig footprint.
Hawaiian Telcom may still be a nascent player in the TV space, but like its larger incumbent telco brothers AT&T and CenturyLink, it is finding that its TV service is producing two benefits: reducing churn and driving up broadband attachment rates.