Zayo Continues Growth By Adding Optic Zoo Networks

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. has acquired Vancouver-based Optic Zoo Networks for $31 million (CAD), the company announced. Optic Zoo owns and operates high-capacity fiber in Vancouver. Zayo said the acquisition strengthens the company’s position in Vancouver and Western Canada, adding 103 route miles and more than 100 on-net buildings to Zayo’s Vancouver footprint. The acquisition will deepen Zayo’s customer base, providing the ability...Learn More

FCC Draft Report Maintains Current Broadband Definition

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a draft of the 2018 broadband deployment report to colleagues, highlighting that the regulatory agency wants to maintain the current broadband definition of fixed broadband speed: 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload. Debate surrounding maintaining this 25 Mbps benchmark was quite contentious, with concerns that the FCC may have tried...Learn More

CenturyLink Rural Broadband Expansion Includes 600K Additional Locations

An additional 600K homes and businesses in rural markets are connected to broadband thanks to funding from the Connect America Fund (CAF) for CenturyLink rural broadband expansion, the company announced today. The carrier committed to the FCC CAF II program in 2015, accepting $3 billion, or $500 million annually for six years. CenturyLink rural broadband...Learn More

Speed Tests Show Unlimited Plan Impact on Wireless Speeds Reversing, T-Mobile Still Tops

After all four of the nation’s largest wireless carriers introduced unlimited plans early last year, the industry saw major shifts in average 4G speeds. Both AT&T and Verizon saw their average speeds drop for six straight months, according to OpenSignal, which collects data from consumer speed tests. But in recent months, those carriers have begun...Learn More

Rural Broadband Momentum Picks Up Steam as Flurry of Legislation Joins White House, FCC Initiatives

Rural broadband is receiving a lot of attention from policymakers these days on both the administrative and legislative fronts. A wide range of rural broadband legislation has been introduced in the House, and the Senate Broadband Caucus has sent a letter to President Trump urging the administration to include dedicated, stand-alone funding for broadband in...Learn More

Peak 10/Via West Rebrand As Flexential

Data center and cloud specialists Peak 10 and ViaWest, which merged in August of 2017, have rebranded the combined entity as Flexential. According to the company, the new name is based on their flexible, customer-focused approach to business. Flexential will continue to deliver data center solutions spanning colocation, connectivity, cloud, managed solutions and professional services...Learn More

Sprint and Cox Forge Strategic Partnership for Network Densification

A new Sprint Cox deal will allow Sprint to leverage Cox’s infrastructure for network densification. Sprint will utilize Cox’s network for additional macrocell backhaul and small cell deployments which are key for 4G and 5G deployments. Details are a little sketchy, but this Sprint Cox deal is the result of a settlement from a patent...Learn More

Granite, AT&T Deal Includes Copper Assurances

Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a provider of communications solutions to businesses and governmental agencies, and AT&T have extended their local wholesale complete (LWC) agreement through 2020. The Granite, AT&T deal will preserve Granite’s access to AT&T’s traditional copper network for voice services for a footprint that covers 40% of business locations in the United States. Granite,...Learn More

Consolidation Continues with CountryWide Broadband, Full Channel Cable Deal

A  CountryWide Broadband, Full Channel Cable deal announced yesterday is the latest example of broadband provider consolidation. St. Louis-based broadband acquisition and management firm CountryWide Broadband Group (CWBG) said it had acquired Full Channel Cable of Rhode Island, operator of a deep fiber network, providing broadband video entertainment, high-speed internet access and telephone services to...Learn More

AT&T Outlines Virtualized, Multi-Gigabit FTTP Broadband Path for AT&T XGS-PON

When AT&T begins deploying XGS-PON, perhaps in 2019, broadband speeds up to 10 Gbps won’t be the only technology advance involved. The carrier also expects to make heavy use of software-based networking and network virtualization, said Eddy Barker, AT&T assistant vice president of fixed access technology design and architecture, in an interview. Recently completed AT&T...Learn More

FCC Proposes $500M Rural Broadband Funding Injection, Targets Traditional and A-CAM Mechanisms

FCC rural broadband funding could increase by over $500 million if the commission votes to adopt an order circulated by commission chairman Ajit Pai. According to an FCC spokesman, the funding would include about $180 million for the current funding year for the nation’s smaller rate-of-return (ROR) carriers who get their support through traditional legacy...Learn More

Senate Net Neutrality Resolution Would Put Rules Back in Place

Broadband providers could again be prevented from blocking or throttling certain content or offering paid prioritization if Democrats in Congress prevail in passing a Net Neutrality resolution. A Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ed Markey (D- Mass.) would rescind the FCC’s latest action that eliminated Net Neutrality rules and...Learn More

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