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Broadband Briefs for 2/15/08

Fri, 02/15/2008 - 7:38am
CED staff

* Verizon expands video in N.Y., Internet in Maine
By Traci Patterson

Verizon will soon offer its FiOS TV service to consumers in Ramapo, N.Y., thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing the telco to provide its video service in the town. Ramapo joins 98 other New York communities that have approved the FiOS TV service.

And consumers and businesses in the Maine cities of Brownville, Dark Harbor, Franklin, North Sanford, Phippsburg and Sedgwick now have access to Verizon’s high-speed Internet service. Verizon has also expanded its broadband service, based on DSL technology, in Acton, Auburn, Bangor, Belgrade, Brooksville, Brunswick, Dedham, Eddington, Fairfield, Houlton, Kennebunk, Lebanon, St. Agatha, Wayne, Whitefield and Woolwich.

The expanded availability of Verizon’s high-speed Internet is part of the $12 million broadband expansion project – announced in August – that will equip more than 20 Verizon central offices and 70 remote terminals with DSL technology, bringing broadband capability to an estimated 35,000 more company lines in Maine. 

* DirecTV launches SD channels in Ala., HD channels in Neb.
By Traci Patterson

DirecTV is now offering local broadcast channels to consumers in Dothan, Ala., and local high-definition (HD) programming to consumers in Omaha, Neb.

DirecTV offers standard-definition (SD) local channels in 148 markets, representing about 94 percent of U.S. TV households. And the satellite provider offers local HD broadcast channels in 77 cities, representing about 76 percent of U.S. TV households. The rollout is part of a nationwide expansion of HD programming that includes 92 national HD channels.

More Broadband Direct:

• Arris’ revenues down in Q4; Co. expects slow sales in Q1 

• CMC releases ‘HITS Broadband’ service 

• Harmonic serves up more bandwidth with new DWDM transmitter 

• Nielsen buys Audience Analytics 

• Vecima’s Q2 sales hit high mark 

• Nielsen study: 13M households not ready for digital transition

• Gemstar swings to Q4 loss on charges 

• Broadband Briefs for 2/15/08

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