Even if the FCC adopts rules that restrict Internet service providers from discriminating against certain types of traffic, ISPs could still circumvent the spirit of the rules by building chokepoints into their networks.
Although the growth in the middle mile has created opportunities for incumbent carriers, ILECs and upstarts, it also has some inherent challenges--such as labor costs and citing issues. Not surprisingly, much of the demand for middle mile capacity is coming from wireless providers that are trying to keep up with escalating mobile broadband growth.
Middle mile provider Sovernet Communications is now offering customers a transport option from Boston to its existing network in in New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.
Maine Fiber Company (MFC), the owner and operator of Maine's "Three Ring Binder" middle mile network, announced that BerryDunn has completed its audit of its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant.
Colorado's troubled EAGLE-Net middle mile network is now facing scrutiny from Communications Subcommittee chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee chairman Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.).
Zayo has put the final touches on the "Connect Anoka County" project, a middle mile network that will provide connectivity across unserved and underserved northwest, northeast, and southeast areas in Anoka County, Minn.
Frontier Communications is close to completing its middle mile broadband stimulus project in West Virginia, one that will provide services to various anchor institutions throughout the state.
A Tampa-based telecommunications equipment provider, Rapid Systems Inc., filed suit against the Florida Rural Broadband Association after being terminated from an agreement to install and maintain equipment on a rural wireless broadband network, claiming that the FRBA conspired to cut them out of the project. RSI is asking for $25 million in damages.
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute lit the first segment of its 1,338-route mile MassBroadband 123 network, which will bring services to 51 out of 120 community institutions in the western part of the state.
EarthLink on Wednesday completed the last phase of its Eastern Tennessee Middle Mile Broadband Project, a 500-plus mile network that will provide access to a number of underserved communities in the eastern part of the state.