Pat McCrory, the governor of North Carolina, has set an ambitious broadband goal: universal statewide access by 2021. As of this year, McCrory claims that nearly 65 percent of the state's classrooms have access to a broadband connection and that number will increase to 100 percent by 2018.
An independent research study commissioned by the Wireless Broadband Alliance to mark the inaugural 'World Wi-Fi Day' revealed that 57 per cent of the global urban population remains unconnected.
Ting is taking another step forward with its FTTH deployment plans, announcing that it will begin construction in Holly Springs, North Carolina later this summer and connect homes by the end of the year.
Frontier Communications may still be still recovering from system glitches that caused losses of new broadband subscribers for its fiber-and copper-based broadband offerings following the completion of its Verizonassets deal, but the telco has no near-term intention to implement metered broadband billing.
Windstream has had a rough time with broadband, losing 35,000 subscribers in the past year, but the service provider says that by enhancing its last mile network it can reduce those losses and get back on a growth path.
Netflix has introduced a new tool called Fast.com that allows customers to check how fast their wireline home or mobile broadband connections are in real time. The service works from any location in the world and a broadband user does not have to be a Netflix subscriber to use it.
AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon and other telcos collectively added just 65,893 broadband subscribers in the first quarter as customers churned to cable operators that can offer higher speeds, particularly in areas where slower speed DSL is the only available broadband service.
Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more of its copper and growing fiber-based broadband customer base purchase higher speed services.
CenturyLink sees fiber as a key to its broadband strategy, but in places where it can't make the business case work for fiber the telco is confident that bonding and vectoring will enable it to deliver 100 Mbps and higher speeds over existing copper.
FairPoint Communications isn't afraid of Charter Communications' pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a cable MSO that overlaps with the telco in a number of Northern New England states and other territories.