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by Karl Bode 11:13AM Monday Jul 28 2014
Regulators have formally approved Frontier's acquisition of AT&T's networks and operations in the state of Connecticut. According to an announcement by the companies, the $2 billion deal to acquire AT&T’s local wireline, broadband and video operations in Connecticut (originally announced last December) has received approval from the FCC. The deal has already received approval from the Depatment of Justice, but is still awaiting approval from Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). AT&T is working to back away from millions of DSL users they don't want to upgrade under the guise of the "IP transition."

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by Karl Bode 08:51AM Monday Jul 28 2014
Since 2012 Comcast has offered an ultra-fast speed option that started at 305 Mbps, then was bumped to 505 Mbps in late 2013. The service is technically a coaxial/fiber hybrid offering that isn't available to all users in a Comcast territory -- and it isn't cheap.
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by Karl Bode 10:47AM Friday Jul 11 2014
In April of last year when Google announced they'd be bringing Google Fiber to Austin, the company stated they expected Austin users to start being hooked up around the middle of 2014. The halfway of the point has rolled on past, and Google now seems to be indicating the first Austin Google Fiber users will be hooked up sometime "later this year." To be fair mid-year wasn't a particularly hard deadline, and the company tells Multichannel News that projects of this scale "takes a whole lot of time to plan for":
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“Construction is underway, and we plan to open sign-ups and start hooking up our first Austin customers later this year,” Google Fiber spokeswoman Jenna Wandres said via email...“It’s a big construction project, so it takes a whole lot of time to plan for,” she added, according to the report. “We’re working as quickly as we can to get Fiber to Austin residents soon, and we hope to have more information to share soon. It’s a lot of work, and we want to make sure we are doing it right."
In the coming months the company should announce "fiberhood" rallies that will dictate which neighborhoods will be the first to get service.

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by Karl Bode 03:49PM Tuesday Jul 08 2014
For years the FCC has had a rather flimsy definition of what constitutes broadband, something that benefits the industry by making speed and penetration statistics look much better than they actually are. As a result, every time the FCC proposes to raise that bar -- whether that was the belated previous moves to 768 kbps or to 3 Mbps -- the all-too comfortable, uncompetitive broadband industry whines -- because it might force them to work just a little bit harder.
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by Karl Bode 02:08PM Thursday Jul 03 2014
When it comes to broadband policy, both parties of US government have made a habit of consistent failure. Whether it's ten years of blindly embracing deregulation as the path to a magical telecom nirvana that never arrives (Powell, Martin) or paying endless lip service to consumer values but being too weak-kneed to risk upsetting campaign contributors (Genachowski, Wheeler), these failures to address competition issues have had the same result: high prices, abysmal customer service, and anti-consumer policies.
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by Karl Bode 09:13AM Wednesday Jul 02 2014
While there has been some concerns over whether or not Google Fiber will leave some potential neighborhoods high and dry, the latest stats suggest that 95% of Kansas City neighborhoods have now qualified for service. There's a large chunk of neighborhoods scattered around the Kansas City area that didn't qualify, and criticism continues over how Google's "fiberhood" approach excludes some. Google's quick however to point out that almost all of the area’s 20 poorest neighborhoods qualified for Google Fiber. "A lot of people in Kansas City want Google Fiber, and we’re going to do everything we can to get it to them by the end of the year," insists company spokeswoman Jenna Wandres.

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by JKukiewicz 08:50AM Tuesday Jul 01 2014
Mobile operators in the UK could be forced to share infrastructure to improve signal in rural parts of the country. Networks should have to sign sharing, or roaming, agreements with one another so that their customers are never stuck in a 'not spot' and left without signal when there is coverage available from a different network or networks, Sajid Javid MP said.
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by Karl Bode 03:33PM Friday Jun 13 2014
Long-time telecom analyst Bruce Kushnick has a good read exploring how AT&T keeps making the same broadband deployment promises over and over again every time they want something from government, and nobody in the technology press can be bothered to notice. In 2004, in addition to 100 Mbps lines never provided, AT&T (then SBC) promised to deploy broadband to every home in their 22-state footprint in exchange for regulators locking the FiOS and U-Verse networks off from open access policies and competition.
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by Karl Bode 09:20AM Monday Jun 09 2014
Back in 2008 Verizon negotiated a closed-door agreement with NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg that agreed to wire all five boroughs with FiOS by June of 2014 -- sort of. Fine print in the deal allowed Verizon to back away from that promise if they pay a few small fines and/or aren't seeing the kind of TV subscriber uptake they'd like.
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by Karl Bode 08:08AM Tuesday May 20 2014
Back in 2008 Verizon negotiated a closed-door agreement with then NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg, one Verizon strongly suggested would result in Verizon offering FiOS to 100% of the city by 2014 -- sort of. Fine print in the deal allowed Verizon to back away from that promise if they pay a few small fines and/or aren't seeing the kind of TV subscriber uptake they'd like.
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by Karl Bode 06:33PM Thursday May 08 2014
Google's broadband by balloon project "Loon" will aim to work with existing telcos if the effort ever sees real-world implementation, Google stated this week. Speaking with TechCrunch, Google's Astro Teller says that Loon will work to using existing spectrum in various countries by partnering with telcos there, since these companies already own the lion's share of spectrum. Google will offer telcos the ability to lease access on the balloons in any given country, though telcos in developing areas will be less likely to see Google as an encroaching threat. Reports recently surfaced that Google was testing Loon with LTE connectivity in the Nevada desert.

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by Karl Bode 08:18AM Wednesday Apr 30 2014
Last week we noted how AT&T's decision to maybe deploy 1 Gbps fiber to 100 cities was a major bluff, in that AT&T isn't willing to actually spend the money to make that happen. Fixed-line investment is dropping year over year, and "GigaPower" is largely just a PR exercise aimed at countering Google Fiber in the media.
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by Karl Bode 02:44PM Friday Apr 25 2014
Verizon years ago froze any and all FiOS expansion (with the exception of come franchise promises in major cities) in order to focus on driving uptake in markets where FiOS was already deployed. Judging from the company's recent FiOS uptake numbers, they are starting to hit a wall in that regard, with many of their deployment markets saturated.
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by Karl Bode 09:21AM Thursday Apr 24 2014
As noted recently, some New Jersey locals have been annoyed that Verizon failed to adhere to a 1993 requirement that provided the company with subsidies and tax cuts in exchange for a promise to wire all of the state with 45 Mbps fixed-line broadband by 2010. Worse, Verizon was then caught sending bogus public support letters to the state Board of Public Utilities, supporting a provision that lets Verizon off the hook for the failed promise.
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by Karl Bode 07:53AM Tuesday Apr 22 2014
Earlier this month Verizon Wireless announced that the company was acquiring Cincinnati Bell's wireless spectrum, assets and customers in a deal estimated to be worth $120 million. Now Verizon's expanding its size and scope slightly further, with two more deals in Hawaii and California. The company says they're acquiring California's Golden State Cellular and will be integrating those users over to Verizon in the next fifteen months. Verizon's also acquiring the spectrum of Mobi PCS in Hawaii, leasing it back to them as that company "makes the transition away from being a facilities-based services provider."

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by Karl Bode 02:11PM Monday Apr 21 2014
AT&T today announced that the company is "eyeing" 100 potential target cities as locations they may deploy faster 1 Gbps "Gigapower" service. According to the company's press release, this "major initiative" will target 100 "candidate cities and municipalities" across 21 metropolitan areas nationwide.
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by Karl Bode 01:23PM Thursday Apr 17 2014
Back in February Google announced they were working with thirty-four new cities in nine regions on making it easier for those locations to see Google Fiber deployed. While not all of those cities will receive Google Fiber, the company announced they'd be working with all of the cities to help expedite the arrival of faster broadband services -- whether it's courtesy of Google Fiber, somebody else, or the city itself.
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by Karl Bode 08:31AM Thursday Apr 17 2014
The other day we noted how Verizon was using manufactured astroturf to help the company sneak out of a broadband obligation to wire the entire state of New Jersey with 45 Mbps broadband by 2010. That obligation came with the benefit of millions in tax cuts and other benefits, though it seems New Jersey is perfectly happy to let Verizon forget the promise entirely.
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by Karl Bode 08:24AM Thursday Apr 10 2014
Dissatisfied with service from the likes of Time Warner Cable, last fall the city of Los Angeles used an innovative approach to get 1 Gbps connections to all city residents: they simply asked if any companies wanted to come to town to build and fund an all fiber network. As we noted at the time this was a fairly obvious pipe dream, experts noting that the city wasn't really bringing any inducements to the table to lure companies to invest.
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by Karl Bode 03:44PM Tuesday Apr 08 2014
In a new SEC filing, Sprint has stated that the company will be shuttering its existing WiMax network by the end of 2015. Most of Sprint's operations currently ride on the back of their new (and under-performing) LTE network, with the exception of former Clearwire customers (who Sprint has tried to push elsewhere via rate hikes) and Sprint's pre-paid subsidiaries, who'll be migrating their services to LTE. The shutdown will involve the elimination of roughly 6,000 cell sites, with Sprint working to upgrade the remainder of acquired Clearwire sites to TD-LTE.

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