Google Fiber, which is the process of building an ultra high-speed Internet network in the Triangle, is teaming with the Triangle Literacy Council to launch a mobile computing lab. Google Fiber also will fund a fellowship for its "digital inclusion" effort to help more people utilize the Internet.
Gail Roper, chief information officer for the City of Raleigh and a key player in the bringing of fiber-optic Internet networks to the Triangle, is resigning as of June 5. She's taking a job in the private sector.
CenturyLink is bringing fiber-optic Internet speeds to much of eastern North Carolina and parts of the Triangle, targeting what the communications company calls the "Fiber Gap." CenturyLink thus becomes the latest firm trying to cash in on the demand for ultra-fast net services.
Randall Stephenson, chair and CEO of AT&T, takes on the FCC in very blunt language during a presentation at a JPMorgan technology conference. AT&T has already sued against Internet regulation as imposed by the FCC and is also seeking a "stay" of some rules in another case. But Stephenson sees change on the horizon and thus AT&T will continue to invest in broadband. Our Insiders get the full story.
The Broadband Report: The Federal Communications Commission said last week that schools and libraries throughout the country will receive full funding for their E-Rate program requests this year as a result of budget changes and the modernization policy adopted in 2014 by the commission.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission seeking to overturn the FCC's decision to allow the City of Wilson to expand its community broadband network service known as Greenlight. The state has been "aggrieved," according to Cooper.
The trade group USTelecom and AT&T are not giving up their fight to stop FCC rules that would impose regulation on the Internet, taking their case to federal court. The FCC last week rejected a "stay" on the rules. But AT&T and the group insist they are not opposed to "net neutrality." They oppose overall net regulation, predicting a "Department of the Internet."
The FCC has rejected a "stay" in the full implementation of new regulations for the Internet, saying that carriers such as AT&T "failed to demonstrate" that other parties such as users "will not be harmed."
The Broadband Report: The FCC has announced a new webinar series aimed at helping seniors improve their overall quality of life by leveraging many of today's broadband-based technologies.
The program will roll out to eight of the town's 13 public housing neighborhoods by the end of the year, bringing AT&T U-verse connections with speeds of up to 3 Mbps for five years. The company is participating in the program as part of an agreement with the N.C. Next Generation Network, an initiative of several municipalities and universities.
As AT&T's "GigaPower" Internet service for consumers spreads across the Triangle, the telecommunications giant is now rolling out high-speed service targeting businesses. The Triangle "Business Fiber" rollout pits AT&T head-to-head with Frontier Communications in Durham County.
The Broadband Report: The Connect America Fund is now offering service providers nearly $1.7 billion to expand broadband to millions of rural Americans, and they have 120 days to accept or decline those offers on a state-level basis.
AT&T and communications industry trade groups are asking the FCC to "stay" some of its recent decision to regulate Internet services. The "stay" request does not ask for a delay of fast lanes or throttling. But the providers are seeking relief from some of the ruling. Friday's request follows a lawsuit filed in April.
Analysis: Many changes are afoot at AT&T, as a review of its latest earnings report and what's happening across the company shows. For example: AT&T will capitalize on IoT and new acquisitions to offset decelerating phone subscriber growth in 2015, writes analyst Eric Costa of Technology Business Research.
The breakdown of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal is being seen as a blow to Comcast and the cable industry in general. Conversely, it's being hailed as a victory for consumer advocates and the competitors of the two companies.
The Broadband Report: In 2014, Internet2 ushered in a new era with their first Global Summit. This year's event this week in Washington, D.C. looks to be even bigger and better than its predecessor. Two MCNC executives from RTP are among the presenters.