Nicole Blanchard

Nicole Blanchard

Nicole Blanchard is an associate editor with the FierceTelecom group. Nicole is based in Denver and joined FierceMarkets in June 2015 after an internship with Denver's city mag, <italics>5280</italics>. Nicole is a recent graduate of Northwestern University and a newcomer to the telecom industry. When she’s not brushing up on industry lingo, she’s fawning over her new puppy, Chunk, exploring the Rockies and testing the limits of how much coffee one human can ingest. She can be reached at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @NMBlanchard.

Stories by Nicole Blanchard

How will the FCC's broadband definition affect rural America?


This year, thesecond phase of the Connect America Fund moved forward. However, while the project&#39;s funding may offer the boost that carriers need to build out fiber networks, concern may be brewing over new FCC standards that mean rural Americans may not be getting their broadband after all.

Spirent updates InTouch platform to address IoT, VoLTE

Telecommunications testing company Spirent announced this week a new operator analytics solution, the InTouch Customer and Network Analytics (CNA) solution. The technology is an evolution of Spirent&#39;s existing InTouch CNA platform and is compatible with 2, 3 and 4G systems.

Viavi debuts RF forward-path analysis probe

Last month, network communications equipment producer Viavi Solutions announced a new probe for RF forward-path analysis. The VSA RF-100 probe offers analysis solutions for a variety of media, including video, MPEG and DOCSIS.

Fluke Networks to update two devices for 802.11ac compatibility

Two of Netscout Systems&#39; devices will see Wi-Fi functionality upgrades for better compatibility with the 802.11ac standard. TheFluke Networks Enterprise Solution OptiView XG Network Analysis Tablet and the OneTouch AT Generation 2 Network Assistant, which Netscout says are two of its business arm&#39;s most popular network analysis tools, are currently rolling out the upgrade.

An invisible problem: What will be the consequences of unregulated tower concealments?


Well-concealed towers were never really on my radar, so to speak. I was familiar with tower disguises only I the realm of poorly made disguises: pathetic, sparse evergreen trees or water towers that appeared constructed out of cardboard. What was the sense in calling these builds &quot;concealments&quot; when they were the towers that seemed the most obvious? That&#39;s likely because a well-concealed tower isn&#39;t obvious.