Google Fiber wrote in an FCC filing that if the FCC proceeds with reclassifying broadband providers under Title II of the Telecom Act, it could enable it to more readily gain access to utility poles and related infrastructure like ducts owned by electric and gas utility companies.
Cincinnati Bell is dedicating $200 million to deepen its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) presence in two Ohio cities in 2015, citing growth in its business customer base.
A group of telcos, including CenturyLink and FairPoint Communications, has told the FCC that if the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is approved, they should not be required to provide the combined company access to unbundled network elements (UNEs) to deliver voice services.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere is not giving his rivals a holiday break, vowing to compete head on with Verizon Wireless in terms of network quality and surpass Sprint in subscribers to become the nation's No. 3 carrier in 2015.
FairPoint Communications won a small victory in its ongoing fight with its union workers in northern New England as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has rejected the unions' accusations that the service provider is bargaining in "bad faith."
Sony said its comedy The Interview generated about $15 million in revenue from online sales to around 2 million Web users in the U.S. and Canada during the film's first weekend of availability. The numbers are notable considering The Interview is the first major motion picture to be released online and in theaters at the same time.
SK Telecom announced that it launched commercial tri-band LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, which the carrier said was a world's first.
In this overview of 2014, we have focused on five key trends: fixed-mobile convergence and quad-play; mergers and acquisitions; "5G;" connected cars; and the resurgence of European device manufacturers. The reasons for focusing on these five areas and the news that shaped them are probably obvious to anyone who has been following the industry closely this year.
As independent theaters queued up to commit to screening North Korea's current least favorite movie ever, The Interview, Sony announced that the movie will also be available to stream online via several streaming outlets including YouTube, Google Play, and Microsoft Xbox Video, beginning Christmas Eve. What's more, Netflix is reportedly interested in making the movie available to its subscribers soon.
As we look to close out yet another year here at FierceTelecom, it's time to reflect back on the major news themes of the past year. Net neutrality and consolidation were just a couple of the key topics that will continue to dominate the industry. Once you've checked out this year's biggest stories, let us know what you think in the comments.