Ongoing aggressive rollouts of fiber by a host of incumbent telcos, CLECs and cable operators throughout 2013 has helped to narrow the U.S. fiber gap by expanding facilities to 39.3 percent of commercial buildings with 20 or more employees, according to new research from Vertical Systems Group.
Sony said it struck a deal with Comcast-owned NBCUniversal which will give it exclusive rights to more than 140 movies within the next three years.
In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at a survey of Verizon subscribers that have participated in its My Rewards+ retention program.
Verizon introduced a new loyalty plan earlier this year focused on adding value for FiOS customers called My Rewards+, an initiative designed to recognize a customer's service choice and provide rewards for certain behaviors. Now it appears that it's paying off.
Verizon Wireless reduced the price of its More Everything plans at 10 GB per month or more for customers on its handset upgrade program. The carrier said that, for customers on its Edge upgrade program, it will now cut $25 off the cost of a line of service to a smartphone if customers choose a data bucket of 10 GB or more. The result exactly matches the pricing AT&T Mobility launched in February--four smartphones sharing 10 GB of data for $160. AT&T has been heavily advertising the plan since it launched in February, and Verizon is likely moving to stymie AT&T's momentum with the offering.
With the rollout of new home video gateways from Arris, Verizon is introducing FiOS Quantum TV as a new brand for its cable programming service.
Verizon is pursuing new opportunities to extend its growing set of cloud and hosting services to the state and local government market through a partnership with systems integrator Unisys.
Verizon may see New York City as one of its key existing FiOS growth markets, but it claims that building owners are not letting the telco's crews install the service, reports The New York World.
Telcos could bear the burden of collecting phone records if a proposed National Security Agency's U.S. phone-data surveillance program is approved by Congress, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Bright House Networks and DirecTV were the top two pay TV distributors in Temkin Group's annual customer service rankings, while Comcast and Charter Communications received the lowest ratings in the sector.