Frontier tells CPUC it can fix Verizon’s problems

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Been there, done that.

Frontier Communications already knows how to upgrade Verizon's ageing copper telephone networks and make them broadband capable, according to Melinda White, president of Frontier's western region, which includes California.

"We've done this before with Verizon so we're very familiar with the products, and attributes of this deal", White said. Frontier bought ten small copper-line phone systems in California from Verizon a few years ago, she said. Eight of those were telephone only, with no broadband service offered. Since then, Frontier has upgraded 82% of the customers on those eight systems

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USDA broadband grants ditch California again

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It's sounding like a broken record (if anyone actually remembers what a broken record sounds like). The federal agriculture department's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces another round of Community Connect grants, for local broadband projects in poorly served or completely unserved areas, applications come in, the winners are announced and California comes up with goose eggs (anyone remember what that means

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CPUC says yes to Petrolia and queues up Backus

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Frontier Communications will get $203,000 from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to build a microwave middle mile connection to the Humboldt County town of Petrolia and upgrade DSL service to 25 Mbps down and 1.5 Mbps up. The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to award the grant. Petrolia was initially identified as a candidate fo

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AT&T gets green light to buy DirecTv, FCC gets a press release

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Potemkin would be proud.

AT&T has the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission to buy DirecTv. That's the big regulatory hurdle that the deal had to clear – the federal justice department already seemed okay with it – and yesterday the FCC said yes, with conditions...

As part of the merger, AT&T-DIRECTV will be re

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CPUC leaves a hard decision on its broadband authority for another time

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Some games go on forever, and reach no result.

The California Public Utilities Commission passed on the opportunity to officially assert its jurisdiction over broadband infrastructure and service yesterday. By a unanimous vote, commissioners allowed Comcast to simply withdraw its now moot application for permission to take over Charter and Time Warner cable systems in California.

The mega-merger died in April, after federal regulators insisted on deal killing conditio

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Brentwood FTTH ordinance posted on muni broadband policy bank

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A decision made in 1999 led to a fiber to the home system for Brentwood, California in 2015. Or at least the beginnings of one. Sonic.net is building an FTTH network using conduit installed by developers and deeded over to the City as they built new homes over the past 16 years, the result of an advanced technology systems ordinance that the Brentwood City Council added to its land development code in 1999..

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CPUC to choose between broadband activism or accommodation

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Two key broadband decisions are scheduled to go in front of the California Public Utilities Commission tomorrow. Commissioners have to decide what kind of funeral to hold for the not-so-dearly-departed Comcast - Time Warner - Charter mega-merger, and whether they need to actually investigate the condition of California's ageing copper telephone networks, or just assume the telcos will take care of it.

There are three completely different alternatives on the table for wrapping up the Comcast deal:

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AT&T goes to the mattresses in North Carolina

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AT&T is putting a move on Google Fiber and Frontier, inside of Frontier's territory in Durham, North Carolina, according to a story by Lauren Ohnesorge in the Triangle Business Journal (h/t to Fierce Telecom for the pointer). The story quotes a local AT&T executive as saying that the company will soon be offering its Gigapower service</a

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Six Californias, six challenges drawn by broadband adoption map

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Overall, California's broadband adoption rate isn't bad, compared to much of the U.S. or other countries. That's one of the many pieces of good news in a study released last week in conjunction with the announcement of a federal pilot program aimed at increasing broadband access in public housing. The map above shows the pattern, with dark green coastal areas doing best and the red south poorly.

One thing that struck me about the map,

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Cooperative FTTH looks like a low cost option for a lucky few in California

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Southwestern Riverside County just got in line for a fiber to the home (FTTH) upgrade. The Anza Electric Cooperative submitted an application for $2.8 million from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to run fiber alongside its existing electric system...

Connect Anza will deploy a fiber optic cable on existing poles and rights of way and establish a network of sufficient capacity to establish high speed, quality internet service for Anza Electric Cooperatives existing service territory covering over 500 square miles, located wholly within western Riverside County. The area encompasses the communities of Anza, Aguanga, Mountain Center, Pinyon Pines, and Garner Valley.</p

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