CenturyLink "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"

CenturyLink, the third-biggest “telco” fixed network services provider is “caught between a rock and a hard place,” according to Jennifer Fritzsche, Wells Fargo senior analyst for telecommunications services. Basically, CenturyLink is not competitive with cable TV offers, so it either must step up investment or admit defeat and hope to make up revenue losses elsewhere. Operating revenues for first quarter 2016 declined to $4.40 billion, compared to $4.45 billion in first quarter of 2015. In its business customer segment, revenues of $1.58 billion declined 3.4 percent year over year. Total consumer segment revenues of $1.49 billion declined 0.5 percent, year over year

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Maine’s GWI extends broadband, voice service to Dover-Foxcroft and Calais

GWI, a Biddeford, Maine-based competitive service provider, is once again taking on the state’s incumbent operator FairPoint ( Nasdaq: FRP ) with the completion of its network expansion in Calais and Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. GWI’s new service areas. Residents and businesses will now be able to be able to take advantage of a new alternative provider for their broadband, phone and cloud services. Standalone residential broadband service is priced at $44.95 a month, while a dual-play broadband/phone service bundle starts at $46.40 a month. It will also offer businesses what it says is a suite of “competitively priced high speed Internet, digital phone, Hosted PBX and other advanced services” like Ethernet

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Zayo, partners make progress with western Ohio middle mile project

Zayo may never be a household consumer broadband player, but in western Ohio their presence will be seen as a wholesale fiber enabler to other broadband providers via the GigE Plus Availability Coalition (GigEPAC). With a mission to bring broadband services to 28 western Ohio counties, wholesale provider of operation support solutions Com Net developed GigEPAC, a group that includes Zayo, Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and an initial group of 33 broadband service providers. As a participating member in GigEPAC, which is being funded through a $30 million broadband stimulus grant Com Net was awarded last July , Zayo is building 366-mile fiber network that will reach a number of underserved towns throughout Western Ohio. Touting the network as an economic enabler for Western Ohio, Tim Berelsman, CEO, Com Net, said in a statement that “Zayo’s 366 miles of fiber optic plant will connect with existing facilities of Com Net and its partners to create the backbone of a new, highly survivable, broadband infrastructure.” On a community level, the GigEPAC initiative will serve a dual role of providing connectivity to schools, state and local governments, public safety entities, libraries and community support organizations in addition to local service providers that can use the network to connect to enterprise customers and backhaul consumer broadband traffic. For Zayo, the new network will instantly expand its presence in Ohio with 366 miles of new fiber it can use to attract other new enterprise and service provider (both wireless and wireline) customers that are looking for an alternative wholesale source.

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Washington State breaks ground on its NoaNet middle mile expansion project

Washington State is moving ahead with the expansion of its Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) middle mile network.

New Maryland broadband network gets underway

Maryland has broken ground on its new middle mile network, beginning with a portion that will serve the central part of the state. Thanks to a $115 million federal stimulus grant and $43 million in state and local money, the new network will bring fiber connectivity to every county in Maryland by 2013. Similar to other middle mile network initiatives, including Massachusetts-based Open Cape , Maryland’s state network will serve two purposes. The first portion of the network will provide services to various “community anchor” institutions, including schools, hospitals and public safety departments, while the second will provide wholesale connectivity to other broadband providers that deliver services to businesses and residences.

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Metro Fibrewerx lights up OCAD University’s fiber network

Metro Fibrewerx, a provider of dark fiber networks, has built out a fiber network for OCAD University linking its main campus center at 100 McCaul Street in Toronto with multistrand dark fibers to three nearby campus buildings. OCAD University’s new fiber network was built using a combination of traditional construction methods, micro duct trenching and airblown fiber technologies. This network is the first segment of a number of new open access fiber rings that Metro Fibrewerx is building in Toronto as part of its Metropolitan Area Network in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Alastair MacLeod, Director of Information Technology at OCAD University, said that the new network will give it “expandable bandwidth that enables us to support the strategic research initiatives sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.” For more: – see the release Related articles: MBI develops program to expand broadband availability in Western Mass

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EarthLink completes second phase of Eastern Tennessee Middle Mile project

EarthLink’s ( Nasdaq: ELNK ) Business unit has completed Phase II of the Eastern Tennessee Middle Mile fiber broadband project. The project was made possible when DeltaCom, which was previously purchased by EarthLink , was awarded a $9.4 million broadband stimulus grant by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). With Phase I of the project completed in March, Phase Two of EarthLink’s network expansion includes the build out of a new 131-mile diverse fiber optic route from Knoxville, Tenn. to Bristol, Tenn.

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MBI develops program to expand broadband availability in Western Mass.

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is planning to build an open access high speed fiber last mile network in the hopes that large incumbent cable and telcos will come to traditionally underserved Western Mass.-based communities like Mount Washington. Offering up to $50,000 per service provider and project, winners would provide 25 percent of their own cash-in-kind matching funds. The area is available to any entity interested in providing broadband services, including traditional large carriers down to local municipalities. Grant awardees will use the funds to deploy broadband services using their own new and existing network infrastructure, including the MassBroadband 123 1,338-mile backbone network that will serve 120 communities in the western and north central parts of Massachusetts. MBI expects to make a quick decision on who will get the grants

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California Connects leverages $10.9 million BTOP grant to bring broadband to 61,000 people

California Connections, a program that’s funded through a $10.9 million grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) administered by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), plans to make sure that 61,000 residents will be able to get a broadband connection. Designed to provide training and outreach to expand broadband Internet usage to communities that have limited access options, California Connections’ main target is the Central Valley area where the majority of area residents aren’t using the Internet

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House cuts $302 million from BTOP program

The House of Representatives H.R. 1586, a $26 billion state aid package designed to prevent layoffs of educators and other state and local government employees appears to be a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. In this case, the House is robbing some money from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). While the law will save about 160,000 education and library jobs, it required the House to cut about $300 million from the BTOP

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Sovernet gets grant to build Vermont-based middle mile network

Sovernet, the Vermont-based subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network (NASDAQ: ATNI ), is getting $33.4 million broadband courtesy of the National Telecommunications and Information Administrations (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Telecommunications Authority (VTA). With this new cash in hand, Sovernet will is going to develop, own, maintain and operate Vermont FiberConnect, a 773 mile fiber-based middle mile network in southern, central, and northeastern Vermont with up to 1 Gbps network connections. The new middle mile network–a major focus of much of the NTIA’s initial broadband stimulus grant awards–will connect over 340 community institutions include State owned buildings and all K-12 schools and libraries that opted to participate in the middle mile project in addition to area hospitals, state and community colleges, and cellular towers. In addition Sovernet’s own $11 million investment, Sovernet will get another $2 million grant from the state of Vermont through VTA and the Gates Foundation made a grant award of $400,000

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Maine Fiber Co. gets green light to build middle mile network

Maine Fiber Co.’s dream to create a carrier-neutral middle network came true this week when Maine Governor John Baldacci signed a bill into law that will let the service provider build its 1,100 Three Ring Binder network. The new law comes amidst great protest from incumbent service provider FairPoint Communications, which has continued to argue that Maine Fiber is overbuilding areas they serve. Under the new LD 1778 law, the Maine government created a new public utility category–dark fiber provider–in addition to a “sustainability fund” to build out broadband network infrastructure to unserved areas of the state. In 2009, a consortium consisting of Maine-based service providers, University of Maine representatives and state officials were awarded a $25.4 million broadband stimulus grant to help build a “middle mile” network serving rural Maine. Competitive Maine-based service provider Great Works Internet (GWI), which served as the lead sponsor for the grant, handed over the network buildout and eventual network leasing roles to Main Fiber Co.

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