Also today, the FCC increases price and usage benchmark, KPN deploys FTTH to Amsterdam, Google goes giga-only, millionaire sues over lack of fixed broadband in posh flat, and more...
Orange will deploy a "very high speed" broadband network in the less densely populated areas of France that operators typically find less economically attractive. The European Investment Bank loaned the French provider 700 million ($775 million) to address these so-called AMII areas, which the French government is targeting by issuing investment letters of intent.
The FCC increased the price and usage benchmark for broadband and voice to 250 Gigabytes from 150GB, for carriers that provide service to rural areas subsidized at rates and usage offerings comparable to service delivered in urban areas.
KPN will begin rolling out fiber-to-the-home in Amsterdam in Q1 2020, ultimately connecting 320,000 households in the Dutch city to its network, the incumbent said.
Google Fiber last week announced it will not sell symmetrical 100Mbit/s service to new customers, instead focusing solely on its 1Gbit/s offering, which starts at $70 per month. (See Google Fiber dumps 100-Meg service.)
Millionaire travel tycoon Stephen Shalson, 70, expected his brand new £2.95 million ($3.87 million) apartment to have high-speed broadband: After all, the deluxe building had every other mod-con, so when he needed to travel to the library and a local cafe to go online he was angry. And now he's suing owners of the luxury block for £100,000 ($131,477), UK's Daily Mail reports.
Prysmian Group donated about 20,000 meters of cable ranging from optical fiber data cables and copper cables to low-smoke and toxic gas emission cables to the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan for the renovation of over 1,300 square meters of exhibition space.
In his "High-Speed Internet for All" plan, US presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called for billions in grants to expand access to broadband at reduced pricing, and the break-up of "internet service provider and cable monopolies." Like most of his competitors in the race to become the Democrat nominee for president, Sanders wishes also to reinstate Net Neutrality and reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II.
Australia's Hansen Technologies, which provides software and services to the communications, energy and water industries around the globe, will combine the telecom and pay-TV business of recently acquired Sigma Systems into Hansen's Communications Division. To support the new corporate structure, Simon Muderack, former chief commercial officer and EVP of Sigma Systems, will be CEO of this new unit. Niv Fernando, former chief strategy and commercial officer at Hansen Technologies, will become CEO of Hansen's Utilities Division.
Overall peak usage on US cable networks continues to flatten out and even decline slightly, but sustained higher levels of usage on the upstream path have persisted, according to the latest data from the NCTA.
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