The acrimonious interconnection feud between Netflix and Verizon seems to have settled into speedy and harmonious performance.
Verizon FiOS has redeemed itself on Netflix's ISP Speed Index, jumping from the No. 10 spot to the top spot with an average speed of 3.17 Mbps.
How could Redbox Instant, an SVOD service with such promise--a successful nationwide video rental franchise backed by a $63 million upfront investment from Outerwall along with Verizon's massive network and marketing machine--fail so badly? In her latest FierceOnlineVideo column, Samantha Bookman retraces the steps on what led to the floundering of one of the most powerful brands in the home entertainment business. You can read it here.
Verizon has filed a brief with the FCC, urging the commission to end a seven-year ban on MVPD set-tops with integrated security features.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hoping to dramatically increase the amount of fiber in his state. To do that, he is asking for $500 million in state funds for the NY Broadband Fund--concurrently, he's asking for matching funds from service providers or other parties that want to expand service in parts of the state.
Chip Pickering, one of the key architects behind the landmark 1996 Telecom Act, took over the helm at Comptel as CEO in January. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Pickering at Comptel's fall show to talk about his first nine months on the job and how he sees the growth of Comptel and the changing competitive service provider landscape.
The writing was practically on the wall for Redbox Instant a few weeks ago. Unable to sign up new customers for more than three months after a credit card fraud issue, news outlets pointed out that the company hadn't yet come up with a fix for the problem--indicating that either its parent company Outerwall, or its joint venture partner Verizon, wasn't interested in putting the time or money into a solution.
DALLAS--Verizon Wireless' desire to get dark fiber as its wireless backhaul medium is seen as both a blessing and a curse for many wholesale service providers serving the wireless industry.
The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively ended Verizon's fight with the IRS to avoid paying $51 million in taxes for an obsolete service connected to dial-up modems.
Redbox Instant by Verizon, the joint venture that attempted to meld online video content with disc rentals, will deliver its last video rental by the end of Oct. 7, the joint venture confirmed in a terse Web post.