The average Canadian family doled out $191 (U.S. $168.56) a month for communications in 2013, 3.2 percent more than the $185 ($163.27) in 2013 but spent $2.01 ($1.77) a month less for wireline telecom, paying $32.85 ($28.99), according to the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
G.fast, which promises to wring fiber-like bandwidth from existing copper infrastructure, got another boost when Telekom Austria's domestic subsidiary A1 collaborated with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver speeds exceeding 100 Mbps per household to a residential customer.
Comcast is once again coming under fire from The Verge, whose final piece in a three-part series illustrates that the service provider's emphasis on sales and growth comes at the expense of customer-service quality.
América Móvil is anxious to shed some of its wireline and wireless assets so it can gain regulatory freedom, but Mexico's Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) told company owner Carlos Slim that the company can't present a plan until it names a buyer.
BT Openreach has begun the second phase of its VDSL vectoring trial, which it claims could enhance the speeds of its "up to" 80 Mbps-capable hybrid copper and fiber-based fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) network by reducing crosstalk on its existing copper lines.
Comcast Business is challenging local incumbent telcos and CLECs serving business customers in the West by expanding its Ethernet fiber networks to deliver up to 10 Gbps speeds to underserved commercial areas in Kent, Wash., and 400 Mbps to a boutique hotel in Marin County, Calif.
SaskTel is continuing to make progress with its rural Saskatchewan broadband expansion effort, announcing that it will bring two of its basic DSL tiers to Paddockwood, Domremy and Loreburn.
Cincinnati Bell is taking advantage of the upcoming college season football kickoff by adding ESPN's new SEC Network to its growing Fioptics TV lineup, a move that will help it differentiate its growing video library with something more than another me-too IPTV service.
Cisco is going reduce its headcount again, announcing that it will cut 6,000 jobs due to slumping sales of its core routing and switching products and slower-than-expected growth in emerging markets.
Closed captioning services may be seen as a big expense for video providers, but new FCC regulations are driving both broadcasters and online video providers to get their captioning houses in order.