At Urging of Competify Coalition of Telecom Competitors, FCC Launches Inquiry of Broadband Business Services
FCC, IP Transition
October 19th, 2015
WASHINGTON, October 19, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced that it had launched an investigation into the broadband pricing plans of local exchange carriers AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier and Verizon Communications for so-called “special access services” of business data.
A coalition of competitive carriers and non-profit organizations dubbed Competify has been urging the inquiry, and praised Friday’s order by the agency’s Wireline Communications Bureau.
“The incumbents use inherently anticompetitive lock-up plans – which only an entity with immense market power could impose – to charge businesses and anchor institutions excessive access rates that harm competition, restrain the deployment of competitive facilities, and impede the transition to next-generation services,” according to a statement released by the group.
Broadband News from Around the World: Sicilian Fiber, English Internet Brands and Cape Town Controversy
Africa, Broadband's Impact, Europe, Fiber, International
March 17th, 2013
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2013 – A recent wrap-up of global broadband news included the following items: Islands of Sicily The telecommunications company BT has announced plans to fund a 3.7 million Euro plan to “bring high-speed fibre broadband to the isles of Sicily,” according to digitalspy.com. The initiative will facilitate unused fibre-optic cables that have […]
Virgin Media Plays the Numbers Game in U.K. Broadband Market
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Europe, International
November 1st, 2010
LONDON, November 1, 2010 – The United Kingdom’s first widely available 100 megabits per second fiber-to-the-home broadband service will be launched in December by the country’s dominant cable television operator Virgin Media, leading to a war of words with arch rival BT, the country’s former incumbent telecommunications carrier.
U.K. Residents Support Priority Superfast Broadband Rollout to Rural Areas
Broadband's Impact, Europe, International
July 13th, 2010
LONDON, July 13, 2010 – The United Kingdom government is under pressure to increase funding for deployment of superfast broadband in rural areas following several public surveys confirming widespread support for positive discrimination in favor of the country’s remote communities. The “outside-in” approach of starting with rural areas first is supported by 62% of the population, according to the latest survey of 453 respondents by ISPreview.co.uk, an independent site dedicated to information about broadband services and providers. Furthermore 44% of all respondents wanted to go straight for fibre optic deployment in rural areas in a single hit, while only 20% agreed with the U.K. government’s plan to provide universal access at a basic rate of 2 Mbps first, with the aim of completing this by 2012.
U.K. Compels Utilities to Open Up to ISPs for Fiber Deployment
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Fiber, International
June 17th, 2010
LONDON, June 17, 2010 – The recently elected U.K. government plans to extent the scope of fiber unbundling by compelling gas, electricity and water utilities as well as the incumbent operator BT to open up their ducts to ISPs for fiber-to-the-home deployment.
Ofcom to Unbundle British Telecom’s Fiber Network
June 7th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010-The European Commission has approved U.K. regulator Ofcom’s proposals to require virtual unbundling of British Telecom’s fiber network. However, it requests that the full unbundling happen as soon as possible.