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FCC passes Net Neutrality plan – whatever it may be

February 26, 2015

As expected, commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 in support of Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler's latest strategy for imposing Net Neutrality safeguards on broadband service provision. But the details of the strategy remain a mystery, as the FCC doesn't expect to release the plan immediately.

FCC makes first strikes against anti-muni broadband state laws

February 26, 2015

Warming up for its vote on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler's Net Neutrality proposals, FCC commissioners first voted 3-2 in favor of petitions from EPB in Chattanooga, TN, and the City of Wilson, NC, to strike down laws in their states that prevented them from extending their fiber to the home (FTTH) based broadband service offerings beyond city limits.

Senko offers power, fiber support with IP-ONE hybrid connector

February 26, 2015

Senko Advanced Component has unveiled the IP-ONE, a hybrid connector designed to provide simultaneous power and optical connectivity to remote equipment in harsh environmental applications.

Tellabs to show 10-Gbps passive optical LAN gear at BICSI Winter

February 24, 2015

Passive optical LAN technology supplier Tellabs says it will use this week's BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition to show off a 10 Gigabit Ethernet version of its offering. The in-house development is designed to ensure that very high bandwidth enterprise and campus network requirements can be met via a passive optical LAN.

NBN Co taps ARRIS for HFC portion of Australian broadband network

February 23, 2015

NBN Co, the group tasked with overseeing deployment of Australia's National Broadband Network, has selected ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) for the hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) portions of the project.

Fairlawn, OH, looking for gigabit broadband partners

February 19, 2015

The City of Fairlawn, OH, has launched a request for proposals (RFP) for assistance with its planned FairlawnGig broadband access network project. The goal of the project is to create and implement a new municipal broadband utility through which residents, businesses, and visitors within the City of Fairlawn and the Akron-Fairlawn-Bath Township Joint Economic Development District can receive wireless and fiber-optic broadband Internet services.

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave unveils Lynx2 Splice-On fiber-optic connectors

February 19, 2015

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL) now offers the Lynx2-PLUS CustomFit Splice-On Connectors line. The fiber-optic connectors are designed to promote quicker real-time and on-site terminations via an enhanced installation procedure and improved packaging in data center, enterprise network, FTTx, fiber distribution hub, and other connectivity applications.

OFS offers MiDia Dry FX all-dry microcable

February 17, 2015

OFS has expanded its all-dry fiber-optic cable offerings with a new microcable product line. The MiDia Dry FX microcable can help reduce fiber cable installation costs and improve safety and productivity, the company asserts.

European FTTH connects 14.5 million homes

February 17, 2015

Research commissioned by the FTTH Council Europe and released at the organization's annual conference last week indicates that the number of fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe reached approximately 14.5 million in 2014. The total represents a 50% increase over 2013.

HKT offers 10-Gbps broadband FTTH in Hong Kong

February 16, 2015

HKT (SEHK: 6823) says it will leverage its fiber to the home (FTTH) network to deliver 10-Gbps fiber-optic broadband services to its residential and commercial customers in Hong Kong.

Sonic to deliver gigabit FTTH to six California communities

February 16, 2015

Sonic, a Santa Rosa, CA based competitive service provider specializing in gigabit fiber-optic broadband, says it will expand its gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) network to serve six communities in Northern California, including Brentwood. ADTRAN Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) says it will supply the necessary FTTH equipment.

AT&T battles Google Fiber with 1-Gbps FTTH in Kansas City

February 16, 2015

Joining battle once again with Google Fiber, AT&T says it has launched its 1-Gbps U-verse with AT&T GigaPower in parts of Kansas City, MO, and surrounding communities in both Missouri and Kansas.

Virgin Media plans UK broadband access roll out

February 13, 2015

UK cable MSO Virgin Media says it will invest £3 billion to reach another 4 million UK homes over the next five years. The extension of its "fiber rich" network will bring its total footprint to nearly 17 million premises passed by 2020. Virgin also claims the Project Lightning initiative will create 6,000 new jobs and boost the UK economy by £8 billion.

Alcatel-Lucent lowers entry cost of TWDM-PON with Universal TWDM

February 12, 2015

Acknowledging that current TWDM-PON systems – and particularly the tunable optics they require – are too expensive for most customers, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has introduced a more economical WDM-PON variant. The new Universal TWDM approach replaces the comparatively expensive tunable 10-Gbps optical transceivers with fixed optical modules. chips subject of Broadband Forum plugfest

February 12, 2015

The Broadband Forum put devices from seven companies through an interoperability demo at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) January 26-30.

Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative preps Gigabit FTTH

February 9, 2015

Broadband access network equipment provider Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says that Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC) is using its equipment to support 1-Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) services in Alabama’s DeKalb and Jackson Counties.

Clearfield offers 900-um FieldShield StrongFiber fiber-optic cable

February 9, 2015

Fiber-optic connectivity specialists Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) has unveiled its FieldShield StrongFiber, a 900-um fiber-optic cable for in-duct outside plant (OSP) placement applications.

Ciena announces two Ethernet network wins with partner Kapsch

February 9, 2015

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) last week announced a pair of Ethernet-related deployments in Austria working with Kapsch BusinessCom, a member of Ciena's BizConnect partner program. The first will see Energie AG Data deploy Ciena platforms to provide advanced wholesale Carrier Ethernet and Ethernet business services in Upper Austria. In the second, Citycom, part of Graz City Council (Die Holding Graz), will upgrade its network as well.

Verizon to sell certain wireline assets to Frontier, lease wireless tower rights

February 9, 2015

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) announced February 5 that it would sell its local wireline assets in California, Florida, and Texas to Frontier Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: FTR) for $10.54 billion.

Sckipio touts distance extension for 500-Mbps broadband access

February 4, 2015 chip start-up Sckipio Technologies says it has demonstrated the use of their technology to send 500 Mbps over 200 m – twice the distance called for within the ITU's standards (see " standard ratified by ITU").

FCC targets Title II regulation of Internet services with forbearances for Net Neutrality

February 4, 2015

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler today unveiled his new attempt to implement Net Neutrality. As had been signaled for several weeks, the plan involves limited application of Title II reclassification of Internet service provision as a telecommunications service.

Sterlite beefs up broadband research

February 3, 2015

Fiber-maker Sterlite Technologies (BSE: 532374, NSE:STRTECH) says it will support its home country's Digital India initiative through three avenues. The company has opened a Center of Excellence (CoE) and announced an annual seed fund of $100,000 to help fund startups working on broadband deployment technologies. It also announced agreements on collaborative research in high-speed broadband with Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and IIT Kanpur.

BT targets for 500 Mbps

February 1, 2015

BT says it will roll out over its national fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) infrastructure with the goal of supporting up to 500 Mbps downstream "to most of the UK" within a decade.

FCC raises broadband definition to 25 Mbps

January 30, 2015

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted 3-2 along party lines to increase the data rates within its definition of broadband to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. The FCC announced the decision as it released a Broadband Progress Report January 29 that, not surprisingly, stated that 17% of Americans, most of them in rural locations, don’t have access to such Internet speeds.

That darned copper

January 29, 2015

The advent of software-defined networking promises new test challenges. But it may also portend more flexible test instruments.