Frontier's woes in West Virginia have come to a new head as competitive provider Citynet is suing the telco over abusing $40.5 million in federal stimulus funds to build a broadband network that would lock out competitors in the state.
Pennsylvania's Public-Private Partnership (P3) board has given its thumbs up for a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission project to install a fiber cable along the state's 550-mile turnpike and extensions to provide capacity for the commission, the state department of transportation (PennDOT), and carriers that need wholesale capacity.
Windstream CEO Tony Thomas is defending the telco's network and service position in Georgia, telling a congressman that it has continued to make necessary upgrades to support next-gen broadband services for businesses and consumers in the state.
NGN, a middle mile service provider serving the North Georgia market, has added 100G capacity across its core fiber network to support its growing residential, business and service provider customers.
LS Networks, a Portland, Ore.-based competitive fiber provider, has wrapped its acquisition of Quantum Communications, deepening its footprint in the Pacific Northwest market.
Frontier and Suddenlink have been able to flex their lobbying muscle in West Virginia and convince the state's lawmakers to revamp their 2,500-mile middle mile network plans.
Mediacom is suing Iowa City, Iowa, and service provider ImOn in an effort to stop a new middle mile network it recently activated to provide voice and Internet services to local businesses.
Frontier Communications and the CWA are opposing new legislation to develop a $72 million, 2,500-mile network serving West Virginia, one of the telco's largest states.
NEW YORK--Whether it's the broadband stimulus program or the Connect America Fund, there has been no shortage of efforts in recent years to drive broadband into rural areas. However, a growing number of service providers say that there should be more focus on providing middle mile fiber-based networks that can backhaul traffic and connect with major Internet peering points.
Frontier Communications is set to begin a new chapter in its home state as it has completed its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T's wireline operations in Connecticut and its related statewide fiber network and U-verse operations.