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Broadband Briefs for 02/25/09

Wed, 02/25/2009 - 7:00am

NTIA to hold meetings regarding broadband grants
By Traci Patterson

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will begin holding meetings with interested parties on March 2 to discuss implementation of the broadband grant programs described in the Broadband Data Services Improvement Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

All interested parties are invited to schedule a meeting. Meetings will be scheduled beginning March 2 and will continue until further notice. To schedule a meeting, contact Barbara Brown at (202) 482–4374 or bbrown@ntia.doc.gov.

The Broadband Data Services Improvement Act was enacted in October 2008 and directs the Secretary of Commerce to award grants to eligible entities on a competitive basis to assess, identify and track broadband service deployment in each state. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which President Barack Obama signed into law last week, directs the NTIA to establish the “Broadband Technology Opportunities Program” to make grants available on a competitive basis to accelerate and expand broadband deployment.

Frontier’s net income down 42% in Q4
By Traci Patterson

Frontier Communications reported fourth-quarter 2008 revenue of $547.4 million, a decrease of 5 percent compared with the $577.2 million reported in the previous year’s quarter. Net income in Q4 was $34.3 million, down 42 percent from $59 million in Q4 2007.

The Company lost approximately 42,100 access lines during the fourth quarter, and had about 2.3 million access lines as of Dec 31. Frontier added approximately 8,500 net high-speed Internet customers during the fourth quarter, and had 579,900 high-speed Internet customers as of Dec. 31. And the company added about 7,600 video customers, and had 119,900 video customers as of Dec. 31.

“Frontier delivered another solid quarter of financial and operating results,” said Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier’s chairman and CEO. “Despite the continued economic uncertainty in our markets, our fundamental approach to how we run our business – focusing on customer revenue growth, increasing customer loyalty, delivering best-in-class margins and creating long-term value for shareholders – has not changed.”

Mobile WiMAX has head start on LTE
By Traci Patterson

Mobile WiMAX will beat out Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the next few years due to its head start on deployments, according to recent research by In-Stat. Mobile WiMAX already has commercial deployments, while LTE won’t be commercially available until late 2009.

And WiMAX and LTE will take very different paths, In-Stat predicts. According to Daryl Schoolar, an In-Stat analyst: “Most of the operators looking to deploy WiMAX come to it from the fixed network space. These operators are looking to use WiMAX as an enhanced DSL service. Enhanced DSL will combine both the fixed broadband service with some form of nomadic coverage. Most of the early operators supporting LTE come from the mobile space. These operators want to use LTE to increase capacity and peak rates on their existing mobile networks.”

The research, “The Road to 4G: LTE and WiMAX Lead the Way,” also found the following:

  • Verizon is at the forefront with LTE; most operators will not deploy until 2011 or 2012.
  • In-Stat expects LTE will have 23.1 million subscriptions in 2013, growing from about 176,000 in 2010.
  • Nearly 82 million mobile PCs with WiMAX will ship in 2013.
More Broadband Direct 02/25/09:
•  Copps vows a more open FCC
•  Cable companies want a way to win with online TV
•  Mediacom sees record RGU growth, posts loss in Q4
•  Report: Dish, DirecTV would carry local services for right incentives
•  Virgin Media ups broadband speeds
•  OpenTV posts first profitable year in '08
•  RGB Networks delivers advanced subtitling capabilities
•  Nortel Networks to cut 3,200 more jobs
•  Court rules for AT&T in dispute with Internet firm
•  Broadband Briefs for 02/25/09

 

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