The global fiber-to-the-home market will nearly quadruple -- from $9.5 billion to $37 billion, an annual compounded growth rate of 14.4% -- over the next decade, finds a report from research firm Future Markets Insights. The study also predicts the 100 megabits per second segment will gain the largest share of the market.
Lexington, Ky., Mayor Jim Gray says his city has the potential to become "the largest gigabit city in the country" -- in terms of the number of people who have access to the service -- if county lawmakers approve MetroNet's plan to spend up to $100 million to build a fiber-optic network across the area. Indiana-based MetroNet hopes to start construction by January and begin service next summer.
USTelecom SVP of Cybersecurity Robert Mayer testified today before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure. Robert shared industry perspectives on maximizing the value of cyberthreat information. In his written testimony, Mayer asserts that, "without effective information sharing, we have no hope of combatting emerging threats to our national and economic security." He goes on to applaud the Department of Homeland Security for its ongoing efforts to engage industry and to increase the value of their information sharing programs.
Windstream says it will begin offering DIRECTV Now to its consumer segment this quarter under the regional telecom's Kinetic label. Windstream hopes the move will bring more scale to its video service and boost its broadband and entertainment branding.
Time has announced that it will launch Sports Illustrated TV, an OTT subscription streaming service featuring original TV shows, documentaries and sports movies. The service will first be made available through Amazon Channels for $4.99 per month.
A survey conducted by CenturyLink and Spiceworks of 250 information technology decision-makers found hosting of voice over internet protocol is becoming more of an integral part of business. "Today, customers are so comfortable with cloud environments that a model where there is no equipment or software licenses to buy is appealing," CenturyLink's Eric Nowak said.