The U.S. government made close to 150,000 requests for customer information in the first half of 2014, including 72,500 subpoenas, Verizon said as part of its second Transparency Report.
Verizon's copper-to-fiber migration and increased focus on broadband wireless have allowed the existing wireline copper infrastructure to dangerously deteriorate, says a consortium of elected officials and consumer advocates who have petitioned the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) to investigate why the company is raising prices while its wireline infrastructure allegedly deteriorates throughout the state.
LTE Broadcast is primed to help service providers efficiently offer consumers personalized mobile TV, according to Joerg Huschke, Ericsson master researcher. "We believe LTE will play a major role in TV distribution in the near future. LTE can give service providers the flexibility to alter between broadcast and unicast, depending on how many people want to watch at a particular time," wrote Huschke in a recent entry on the Ericsson Research blog.
Verizon is sweetening the FiOS user experience by giving users access to a two-month virtual concert on demand through a partnership with Music Choice and supplemented with additional concert content from AXS TV and Concert TV.
Deutsche Telekom emerged as the frontrunner to replace Verizon as the German government's main communications provider, after a decision to drop the U.S. operator due to concerns about spying.
Verizon Wireless reported the resolution of problems with its online portal that impacted thousands of customers and its own retail stores in certain parts of the country. The operator also announced that it has deployed XLTE, the brand name for LTE deployed over its AWS spectrum, to more than 300 markets.
Verizon's contract with the German government has been cancelled following revelations last year of U.S. government spying, according to multiple media reports.
Verizon FiOS user Paul McNamara reported that his TV, phone and broadband services were cut off due to ants eating through the outer casing of the fiber optic cable that brings service into his home.
Verizon may be aggressively bringing fiber to the home (FTTH) services into multi-dwelling units (MDUs)--particularly in areas like New York City--but the segment has a number of unique attributes.
The success of Verizon's online video streaming partnership with Redbox still remains to be seen, but it is likely not the biggest OTT play in the carrier's book. Verizon, along with other major ISPs like Comcast, may be looking to challenge content delivery network providers like Akamai.