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Fairpoint To Test IPTV In New Hampshire
Converting FiOSTV from coax/fiber to pure IPTV
by Karl Bode 11:35AM Wednesday Dec 03 2008 Tipped by Tcomp See Profile
User Tcomp See Profile directs our attention to the fact that Fairpoint, who recently acquired Verizon's DSL networks in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, will be testing IPTV service in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Fairpoint has been taking former Verizon FTTH infrastructure and rebranding it from FiOS to "FAST." But unlike Verizon, whose FiOSTV is a hybrid coaxial/fiber system, Fairpoint apparently seems interested in running pure IPTV. Says the report:
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It’s part of a 90 day pilot program in which FairPoint is evaluating IPTV. We contacted Jill Wurm, FairPoint corporate communications manager and asked if this trial is a possible precursor to a rollout of IPTV services across their new New England footprint, which was acquired from Verizon. She responded "absolutely."
How exactly Fairpoint will pay for any substantive IPTV deployment isn't clear, given that the acquisition of Verizon debt and DSL/landline/911 network maintenance alone was expected to strain Fairpoint coffers, something that worried state regulators and unions before the deal went through. According to local website Seascoast Online, the 100 trial participants will be given free HD sets.

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swintec
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Bring it to southern Maine...

Expand the FAST footprint would ya? Then maybe Fairpoint would continue to be a viable player for broadband/phone service around here.
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Re: Bring it to southern Maine...


They won't expand it without TV. Same reason Verizon sold it. NH wouldn't talk to them about TV. At least Fairpoint is trying to avoid the franchise nightmare, by going IPTV like T did.
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Re: Bring it to southern Maine...

I don't know if their going to get that break; there is constant pressure which suggests if they deliver cable TV channels, then they are in fact a cable company & therefore, should be paying franchise fees.

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As it is now, I know people are dropping their POTs lines left and right for either VOIP or Cellular. That isn't going to help Fairpoint at all. Each person dropping Fairpoint, is less money for them, and I fear that Fairpoint is going to be in trouble.
I hope it works out for Fairpoint. We'll see soon enough.

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Re: Bring it to southern Maine...

said by Dominokat:

As it is now, I know people are dropping their POTs lines left and right for either VOIP or Cellular. That isn't going to help Fairpoint at all. Each person dropping Fairpoint, is less money for them, and I fear that Fairpoint is going to be in trouble.
I hope it works out for Fairpoint. We'll see soon enough.
Exactly. Fairpoint took over from Verizon just as TW was turning on and ramping up advertising for there digital phone service in many of the Adelphia markets they acquired here. They will need to do something or its...Buh-Bye Fairpoint!
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buzz_4_20

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Re: Bring it to southern Maine...

Northern Maine...

Ytsejamer1

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Yeah, I think they need to expand the fiber rollout to surrounding communities. I wouldn't give two sh*ts where my tv signal comes from, as long as I get good picture and sound, that'd work for me. I'm only two towns over from Portsmouth, just outside the existing FIOS infrastructure. My boss was the first one in Portsmouth to get it. He has since moved and Verizon pulled out of his new town midway the rollout there. He could see the spool of fiber sitting at the end of his street. *bummer*

I'd love to dump all comcast services...even though I'm leery of Fairpoint as a sustainable company, i'd give them a chance if it is beneficial to me.

IMO, there's no way they could get this going over a DSL connection. I don't think the connections would hold up reliably enough for IPTV.

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So how will this differ?

From a technical standpoint, how will the deployment of Fairpoints IPTV differ from FIOS TV?
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Re: So how will this differ?

FIOS TV isn't really a "hybrid coaxial/fiber system", but they transmit TV on the fiber in the same way the cable MSO's do: namely, they take the whole ~700 MHz-wide cable signal, and analog modulate one of the fiber wavelengths with it. This way, they rolled out TV using a tried-and-true technology with available components. Internet access, VOIP, and other digital services are carried digitally on another light wavelength.

For IPTV, even TV is carried in IP packets digitally on the fiber. It gives them alot more flexibility in offering advanced VOD services, etc.

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Re: So how will this differ?

said by PDXPLT:

FIOS TV isn't really a "hybrid coaxial/fiber system"..
Sure it is, there is Fiber up to the premises, and Co-Ax in the home....I do not know much about IPTV, but instead of CO-Ax don't they use network cabling to connect the STBs?
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Re: So how will this differ?

AT&T U-Verse (which is all IPTV for TV) uses Cat 5 wiring to connect the ONT (on FTTP installs) to the RG (modem/router/wifi access point all in one), and from there all the STBes connect to the RG thru either and/or both Cat 5 or Coax. Ethernet over Cat 5, or HPNA over Coax. Basically the Coax is used as networking wire.

Continuing the AT&T thought, is Fairpoint making this move to position itself nicely for a potential sale to AT&T? Perhaps AT&T would be looking to expand its New England Footprint outside of just CT? This is total conjecture on my part, but it is a possibility. IPTV is the same direction AT&T went with its U-Verse service

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said by swintec:

said by PDXPLT:

FIOS TV isn't really a "hybrid coaxial/fiber system"..
Sure it is, there is Fiber up to the premises, and Co-Ax in the home....I do not know much about IPTV, but instead of CO-Ax don't they use network cabling to connect the STBs?
Not to complicate the issue further, but I am scheduled to get FIOS on the 20th. I live in NYC, and so they are deploying it using (I think) VDSL2.

»[northeast] Just ordered my FIOS!
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wouldn't IPTV over fiber allow for greater bandwidth in general? since another wavelength can be used with relative ease because the equipment is pretty much already in place.
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this looks promising

hopefully this will go well and hopefully other companies will see how well (or bad) this goes and when other providers start to do IPTV, they can ensure their implementation goes smoothly with good results for the customers.

is this the first real talk of actually implementing IPTV on large scale in the U.S.?